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Pizza and pasta done well.

Located on the first floor of Eger's market building, Elefanto uses the freshest ingredients to produce delicious pizzas and pastas.

Although owned and run by Hungarians, the flavours are truly Italian and are as authentic as you're going to get in Eger.

Their logo, like the food, is pretty cool

There are pizzas to suit all the family, my particular favourite is the cryptically named Black Sheep nr.33 pizza with its toppings of spicy lamb, ruccola and parmesan cheese.

Alongside the bizarrely named pizzas there are the classic Italian dishes such as carbonara, lasagne and quatrro formagi, and let's not forget the desserts tiramisu and panna cotta.

If you think it strange to visit Hungary and then eat Italian food do not despair as there are dishes that don't begin with a 'p', noteworthy specials include locally-sourced smoked trout (pisztrang in Hungarian), venison stew and wild boar soup.

The interior of the restaurant is warm and inviting, if the weather permits then there is a great terrace from which you have a bird's eye view of Egerians going about their daily business.

I have always found the staff to be courteous and welcoming but I have heard people say the service at Elefanto leaves a lot to be desired; for some this aspect of the dining experience is very important so if that's you then maybe think twice before booking a table.

What does Ilkka say?

Ieger.com has its own dedicated restaurant reviewer committed to bringing its readers the latest on Eger's eateries.

Ilkka Januteinen, originally from Finland, regularly forgoes family life in pursuit of bringing us the freshest culinary news from around Eger.

Food and drink, not necessarily in that order, are his life and we have him to thank for the restaurant, bars and club reviews throughout this site.

"Elefanto is offering Italian cuisine just a few steps from the main square of Eger. They have an idyllic first floor terrace where you can have probably the best Italian food in town. Great Italian type pizzas and pastas. Friendly and helpful staff. A good choice if you want to have a break from eating Hungarian food during your stay in Eger."

Watch the world go by as you tuck into your pasta

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