Within the next few months, the Tormas hope to expand their business to include a boutique bakery that will give Chef Schmidt more room to work his magic. Specialty desserts will include Hungarian favorites such as kremes, dobos torte, Black Forest cake, isler, zserbo, ludlab, bread pudding, nut roll and poppy seed roll.

Along with Hungarian food, Huszár serves visitors a side of culture. The Gypsy Stringz, a quartet that plays Eastern European music, often performs there. The space itself is decorated with black-and-white photographs and historical artifacts, including two pieces of barbed wire cut from the Iron Curtain, a barrier erected by the Soviet Union after World War II that divided eastern and western Europe.

The relics were a gift from a Hungarian family who visited Huszár for dinner last year. The jagged metal arrived wrapped in a newspaper dated August 4, 1989. August 4 just happens to be the birthday of Judy Torma’s grandfather.

“It was very emotional,” she says, clutching a flowered mug with the word Hungary emblazoned on it. “It was a sign that things are as they should be.”