Two New Hungarian Chefs to Elevate Huszar to New Level of Authenticity…and Deliciousness

New Soups, Appetizers, and Entrees Added to Popular Menu

EU-Certified Master Pastry Chef to Prepare Classic Austro-Hungarian Desserts

Now Open Seven Days a Week with Expanded Hours to Meet Consumer Demand

Traditional Bacon Roast Slated for Saturday, May 19

Huszar, Pittsburgh’s authentic Hungarian restaurant, is pleased to announce the addition of two new chefs direct from Hungary. They will be expanding the eatery’s traditional and popular menu with new soups, appetizers, entrees, and classic Austro-Hungarian desserts. In order to meet increased consumer demand, Huszar will now be open seven days a week and feature expanded hours.

The new brigade will be led by current executive chef Peter Gurbacs. Originally hailing from Papa in western Hungary, the European Union-certified Master Chef recently returned from a gastronomical sabbatical in Hungary.

Pastry chef Karoly Schmidt is a European Union-Certified Master Pastry Chef. The Budapest native is a graduate of the Csepeli Vendeglato, a leading technical school specializing in hospitality. Schmidt has previously worked at two of Budapest’s premier pastry establishments: Europa Coffee House and Pastry Shop and BolcaDoce Coffee House and Pastry Shop. In Spain he worked for Emporio Gelato.

Sous chef Geza Ambrus is a native of Miskolc, a former steel and industrial town in Hungary’s northeast. He trained at Szentpali Vendeglato, a technical school in his hometown specializing in hospitality. He has worked at a Soreca, a large catering company based in Budapest, and at various establishments in Austria and Cyprus.

Gurbacs, Schmidt, and Ambrus have been granted cultural exchange visas allowing them to share their Hungarian culinary expertise in the United States.

Gurbacs’ European Union Master Chef designation was awarded after a rigorous one-year process comprising advanced courses in food service and learning an additional language. Schmidt’s European Union Master Pastry Chef designation was awarded after a rigorous six-month process comprising advanced courses in food service and learning an additional language.

Master Chef considerations are only available to culinary professionals with a minimum of 10 years of experience and upon the recommendation of a current certified Master Chef.

New Menu Offerings, Specialty Desserts

Gurbacs and his team are introducing new menu items, including Sour Cherry Soup (served either cold or room temperature and a traditional seasonal favorite in Hungary), Langos (savory fried dough served with a garlic wash as well as optional sour cream and shredded cheese), Brassoi Apro Pencsenye (a pork tenderloin dish originating from the Transylvania town of Brassoi), and Krumplis Teszta (paprika potatoes and homemade square-cut noodles),

Other new additions are a Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, a specialty fish sandwich, and a traditional cream of mushroom soup. Bean Goulash will also be returning to the Huszar menu.

Specialty desserts will include traditional and authentic premier Hungarian desserts like Kremes, Dobos Torte, Black Forest Cake, Isler, Zserbo, Ludlab, Bread Pudding (with poppy seeds), nut rolls, poppy seed rolls — and many more sweet surprises to come.

Expanded Hours, Days of Operation

In order to meet customer demand, Huszar is now open seven days a week. Monday to Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday hours are noon to 10 p.m.

Traditional Hungarian Bacon Roast

Huszar Bacon Roast

Huszar’s popular Hungarian Bacon Roast is returning on Saturday, May 19, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Traditional Hungarian bacon roasts (Szalona Sutes) include guests roasting their slab-bacon over open fire pits, which is then served on fresh sourdough bread with peppers, onions, and tomatoes. A shot of brandy, one bottle of Karlovacko beer, homemade desserts, and live entertainment are included in the $35 per-person fee.

Assisted by the restaurant’s expanded staff, Mr. Torma will run the bacon roast in line with his family’s traditional Hungarian preparation. The restaurant’s regular menu offerings will also be available.

With only three fire pits available, space is limited for Bacon Roast. Reservations are required by calling (412) 322-8795.

History in Hungary, Passion for Pittsburgh

Huszar, located at 627 East North Avenue in Northside’s historic Deutschtown neighborhood, is owned and operated by Judy and Michael Torma. Ms. Torma’s parents, Steven and Emerencia Banai, emigrated to the United States in 1956, fleeing that year’s revolution in their native Hungary. Ms. Torma met her husband in Hungary while on a study abroad program in 1986.

“Michael and I are so grateful to everyone who has embraced Huszar, both as a regional dining destination and a neighborhood gathering place,” said Ms. Torrma. “Sharing Hungarian culture and Old World hospitality is our passion. We can’t wait for our patrons to meet Karoly and Geza and enjoy their culinary gifts.”

In June 2016, the Tormas were celebrating their 30th anniversary in Papa, Hungary, when one of Ms. Torma’s cousins recommended they meet with Gurbacs, then the executive chef at a local restaurant. In a further twist of fate, the restaurant was a favorite dining spot of Ms. Torma’s father, who maintained a nearby residence.

Huszar first opened in December 2015 after extensive interior renovations and is dedicated in honor of Ms. Torma’s parents and to the hospitality, cuisine, and tavern-culture of Hungary. The intimate Northside eatery was recently awarded with an OpenTable 2018 Diners’ Choice designation.

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