Sunday. It’s the day in Hungarian family life when close family members sit down for lunch together. As half of my family is Hungarian, I’m trying to follow this lovely tradition. But where could we have lunch with my 3 grandchildren in a hot summer day? Good question. And what do they like to eat? Hmmm. Children are a little bit picky. I need to find a place with kid-friendly food. They like eating French fries (like me :)), sausages, ice cream, and … wait a minute. A brilliant idea came to my mind: they love eating pizza. So let’s go to Restaurant Mauro in Zamárdi. Encouraged by the idea, Sunday morning I packed my family into the car and we found ourselves on the road to Lake Balaton. No summer without Mauro and his restaurant. 🙂
Restaurant Mauro is one of the most popular restaurants on the south shore of Balaton in summertime. The place is always busy and loud. In high season you need to spend long minutes waiting in line to get a table inside because there’s no reservation in advance. Despite that, there is a warm welcoming. When you enter the restaurant, waiters, one after another, start saying out loud ‘Buongiorno’ or ‘Sera’ depending on what time you arrive. And of course they say ‘Arrivederci’ when you leave the restaurant. The loud buongiornos might be a bit strange and after a while could be annoying instead of being funny for some of you guys, I know, but I love it so much!!! This “circus” stands very close to my Latin temperament.
On that Sunday we sat on the terrace. At Mauro the portions are so huge. If you think it’s impossible to eat all at the same time, you are right. 🙂 There were seven of us and we ordered 5 pizzas, 2 big bowls of pasta and a salad. What we could not cope with, we brought home in a doggy bag. And we were just sitting at the table and not able to eat any desserts. Can you imagine when kids say no to having a piece of cake or ice cream? I don’t care if I’m stuffed. There is no meal without a dessert. Of course, I had one tiramisu after the big portion of Pasta Carbonara and 2 huge slices of pizza. 🙂
You can eat pizza and pasta in many restaurants in Hungary. I wouldn’t say that you find the best pizza at Restaurant Mauro, but it’s worth a try when you are with kids and want to eat big portion for a reasonable price at Lake Balaton. Plus I love the feeling of the Italian “dolce vita”, no matter what. The waiters are nice and helpful and deliver the dazzle of Italy through the booming greetings and goodbyes loudly to everyone. I’ll be back that’s for sure. So see you next summer, arrivederci, hasta la vista. 🙂