Another pizza place?
Yes, and although the “pizzeria” tag might evoke a sea view, like the newly whitewashed Pizza by The Bay, there is no view here. All you see are the green flags of the mosque next door and the delivery scooters parked in the narrow compound. A mural of what looks like Venice dominates one wall of this three-table establishment. The garden furniture-style chairs and tables, with carefully arranged cutlery and condiments, looked welcoming enough but the place will seem crowded very quickly on a busy day.
OK so we’ll just order in. But is it any different from Domino’s or Smokin’ Joe’s?
It sure is. No deep pans or cheese-filled crusts here, it’s all thin crust. And no ham or pork. Apart from the usual mushrooms and barbecue chicken toppings, there are options for sauce haters – a Bianca with cheese, olives and sage for vegetarians and smoked salmon for non vegetarians – and for cheese haters there is a Wellness pizza made with a multi-grain crust, topped with carrots, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and no cheese. The Bianca with salmon was not moist enough to pull off being a non-sauce pizza while the Wellness pizza was everything health food often tastes like: a cardboard crust seasoned with pepper, topped with crunchy vegetables and too much oregano.
What about the prices?
Francesco’s 7-inch Verdura (olives, bell peppers, corn, tomatoes, onions and mozzarella) is priced at R195 but Domino’s 7-inch Deluxe Veggie (onions, capsicum, mushroom, corn and paneer) is cheaper at R165 – and tastes much better. Even a Domino’s chocolate lava cake (R60) is better than the tiramisu cupcake that you get here (R70) – we couldn’t even finish it thanks to the hardened whipped cream on top.
By Aditya Kundalkar on May 25 2012 10.06am
Photos by Mohnish Dabhoya