Marxim

Kirókus utca 32 [map]
Tel. 061 316 0231

Buda II,
Széna tér (T4/6), 5 min
Cuisine > International

Rating: 7.5/10

Hungarians have found several ways of coming to terms with their communist history – statues have been pulled down and hauled out of sight, enterprising citizens sell rusty Soviet-era badges at flea markets, and the dourly manipulative House of Terror was opened up a few years ago on Andrassy.

Of course, there is also Marxim, a pizza joint on a nondescript street in Buda. Here, the past is unashamedly parodied. With dishes such as the ‘CCCP IZZA,’ and walls covered in altered propaganda posters, any satirical intentions are broad. The booths, which are separated by chicken wire, can make Marxim feel like the most ridiculous prison; guards serve pizza, beer flows freely and it’s not very hard to escape. In all honesty, this curious decor and lively atmosphere is where the main appeal lies.

But what about the food? For good Italian cooking, you're barking up the wrong tree. The pizzas are fine but with their thick crusts and a fair amount of mad toppings (beans! sour cream! cauliflower!) they're firmly caught between America and Hungary.

Likewise, Marxim itself is somewhere between two stools - it's kind of a restaurant, kind of a bar. But it doesn't matter. The ambience is hard to match, portions are generous, and at around 1100 ft for a pizza, it really is value for money, as long as you can get a seat. Phoning ahead at weekends is a good idea.

Food: 7/10
Service: 5.5/10
Atmosphere: 9/10

Value for money: 8.5/10
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Get off the tram at Mechwart liget, head down Margit Krt towards Mammut. After three minutes, turn right onto Kisrókus. Walk until you see a red star above an entrance on the right hand side of the street.

Andy T.

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