Jozsa Corner (Hazelwood)

Like any city, Pittsburgh is home to all sorts of small, independent, and often unknown establishments. Most of them are unknown for a reason, but a few stand out. Jozsa Corner is one of the few — and it's quite possibly one of the least traditional dining establishments this town has to offer.

To start with, you can't just stop in: the place opens up only when you make a reservation ahead of time and even then only when you have a sufficiently large group. If you do schedule a visit, the experience is less like dining out and more like visiting a neighbor for dinner. Bring along a beverage to share and have a seat in the living room while your host puts the finishing touches on each course.

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The theme: Hungarian Home Cooking. The restaurant, which is really a one-man operation presented by chef/owner/host Alexander Jozsa Bodnar, showcases the type of Hungarian cuisine you would expect at a traditional family dinner. For $15*, you sit back and enjoy as the chef presents dinner in three courses. Each presented family style for the group.

Given the scale of the operation, presentation is rather modest: expect to eat on a paper plate with plastic utensils. While not ideal, that's one of the few compromises that Josza Corner makes to make the concept work. Believe me, when I say it's worth looking past it.

*NOTE: This event requires $15 cash, not including tax and tip. That buys you your fill of whatever the chef presents and covers corkage for any beverage you bring along. That means there's no vegetarian option — though there are plenty of vegetables. Personally, I'm okay with that. If you're not, then this probably isn't the outing for you.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Good food, but too crowded

    October 18, 2011

  • Benjamin

    Other than it being incredibly packed and sort of physically uncomfortable, the whole experience was well worth it. I'd definitely do it again.

    October 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great way to spend a Monday evening with friends and get the week off to a good start. Jozsa Corner presents a truly unique dining experience. Thanks to Mike for organizing.

    October 18, 2011

  • Nancy C.

    The food is absolutely amazing every time you go. This is my second trip there with Meetup and the food was consistently delicious. I highly recommend this venue for anyone with a love of international cuisine.

    October 18, 2011

  • Fritz

    Of course it was very home-like. Enter by an old fashion kitchen/dining/entrance area. Sit down area was decorated sparsely by some Hungarian items. Lighting and temperature were comfortable.
    Crowed we expected, and crowed it was. About 35 people or more. some ate in the Kitchen/entrance area.
    Food was good. Do think it would have been better enjoyed if we, or at lease if I, knew what and how much was going to be served ahead of time. We could have better adjusted or eating proportions.

    October 18, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect, homey setting, and great fun chowing down with some good people. Thanks for arranging!

    October 17, 2011

  • Tom R

    actually, i think you may be able to park on Gloster St. directly behind the building. there's a Parking sign with an arrow pointing in that direction when you look at the building in Google Maps. :)

    October 17, 2011

  • Tom R

    Has a sign but it's obscured by a tree. It's at the corner of 2nd/hazlewood. Impossible to miss, although visually you may wish you had. Just drove by there and I don't think you can park on 2nd anywhere. Have to park up the hill a bit on hazlewood

    October 17, 2011

  • robert s.

    Mike: Does this restaurant have a sign or is it a hidden gem?

    October 17, 2011

  • Mike

    Elizabeth: I spoke to the owner earlier this morning, and space shouldn't be a problem. If we have overflow, then he'll set up some of us in the kitchen -- which should actually be a great opportunity for anyone who ends up there.

    October 17, 2011

  • Mike

    Street parking is available on either Hazelwood or 2nd Ave. There's almost nothing else going on in that area, so it should be fairly easy to find a space. If you haven't been there, then you'll probably be a little shocked that to find a restaurant at that corner (and in that building). Things are much more comfortable inside.

    October 17, 2011

  • robert s.

    I'd like to know that too.

    October 17, 2011

  • Tom R

    What is the parking situation at this place?

    October 17, 2011

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