Vapiano is an international brand which offers fresh classic pizza '“ no fussy ingredients and weird combinations, just straight up tasty treats, and boy does it deliver. The base is light and thin, with tasty toppings of tender beef bresaola, zippy bright green rocket and complemented by a combination of mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Best for: Restaurant quality to your doorstep.
If this pizza were a song, it would be: ‘So Fresh, So Clean' by Outkast. Even though it's a delivery pizza it still arrives tasting just cooked.
All was going so well with the delicious sounding pizza and the friendly service. And the prompt delivery was impressive as well. Sadly, the pizza is a let-down. While the ingredients of grilled chicken, buffalo, blue cheese and mozzarella were in generous supply on the thin and crusty base, a liberal drizzling of hot sauce gives it a synthetic taste that drowns out everything else.
Best for: Those looking for a quickly delivered pizza.
If this pizza were a song, it would be: ‘Won't Get Fooled Again' by The Who. It's probably best to stick to the simpler sounding offerings in the city.
An archetypal pizza delivery joint, which also serves burgers and calzones. Despite being a specialty the pizza is disappointing, with a too-thin, yet firm crust and not enough gooeyness from mozzarella or tomato sauce to make it moist. Of the 25 varieties we tried a four meat and although the roast beef is interesting the homemade sausage is too chewy and pepperoni and bacon forgettable. Metre-long rectangular build-your own options are available for parties. Or greedy people.
Best for: JLT residents looking for a quick carb fix.
If it were a song it would be: Anything by a boy band. Very cheesy, not much substance and with four lumps of meat as much for decoration as anything else.
Specialising in locally sourced ingredients, Pitfire serves pizza both whole and by the slice, with thin, crispy bases and enormous, puffy crusts around the edge. A small, funky kiosk with a place to sit and grab a quick bite, the main business done here is takeaway and delivery. Try weekly specials such as blue cheese and potato, or opt for one of the menu's classics '“ the Hell's Kitchen in particular won't let you down. A classically hot and hearty combo of mushrooms, black olives, jalapenos, chilli flakes and fatty pepperoni. They even bring you a little pot of sriracha hot sauce to help blow the cobwebs away.
Best for: Satisfying even the most epic morning-after hunger pangs.
If this pizza were a song, it would be: ‘Cotton Eye Joe' by Rednex. You know you shouldn't love it, but you do.
A cut above fast food joints but not quite the godfather of Italian dining, this place churns out traditional Italian wood-fired pizzas, with thin, floury crusts that are a tad on the soggy side. Topped with overpowering vinegary artichoke, turkey ham, black olives and mushrooms and a disappointingly restrained amount of mozzarella cheese, there's also the option to request a base of fresh chopped tomatoes.
Best for: Family lunch.
If this pizza were a song, it would be: Pulp's ‘Common People'… It's rustic and homely.
This takeaway place has loads of pizzas to choose from and offers three types of dough: regular, whole-wheat or gluten free. The margherita con buffalo is a razor-thin and crispy pie, topped with creamy buffalo mozzarella and bright red tomato sauce made from delicious marzano tomatoes and spread to just the right consistency. It's a decent pizza, and for a takeaway joint leaves us pleasantly surprised. We'd perhaps add a touch of spice or some seasoning to truly perfect it, but that's just us being picky.
Best for: Restaurant quality pizza in your living room.
If this pizza were a song, it would be: ‘Happy' by Pharrell Williams, as that's how you'll feel munching its deliciousness while sitting on the sofa in your pyjamas.
American export Russo's specialises in both ‘Napoletana' and ‘New York-style' pizzas '“ but you can guess which they excel at (it's all in the name). Hand-crafted and blasted in a brick oven, Russo's pizzas are thick without being stodgy, with tasty homemade tomato sauce and garden-fresh vegetables '“ in this case fresh spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers, white onion, mushrooms and black olives. Russo's also serve massive 28 inch party pizzas, which feed up to ten people.
Best for: Stress-free party catering.
If this pizza were a song, it would be: ‘Fresh' by Kool & the Gang, because it's bursting with fresh veggie flavours.
Dhs45 (medium); Dhs60 (large).
This home-grown but Italian owned pizza company prides itself on native credentials, including a specialist oven, hand-built and flown in from the old country. As such, while some of Rosso Vivo's pizzas are unique and creative, the spirit is true to its roots. Fans of the woody and earthy flavours of mushroom and truffle will barely be able to contain themselves at the whole-hearted barrage of flavour on the porcini pizza, where an umami-flooded base of cream of porcini and mozzarella plays bass note to squiggy, buttery and delicious chunks of porcini mushroom, with a little truffle oil aroma as the final flourish. Oh, and the base is
pretty excellent too.
Best for: A 100 percent Italian pizza experience, delivered to your door.
If this pizza were a song, it would be: ‘Tu Vuà² Fa' L'Americano' by Renato Carosone. Unashamedly Italian, because anything else would be just ridiculous.
This week's cover-star pizza earned the accolade for two reasons. Firstly for its paper-thin crust (so thin, in fact, that Nonno offers terrific ‘rolled' versions of their entire selection). And, secondly, for its frankly ludicrous toppings. Crazy though both they and the Dhs395 price will sound, the taste of the Fashionista is excellent '“ the sweetness of the exquisite sundried tomatoes working in wonderful contrast with the salty smoothness of the beluga caviar. It's a fit as unlikely as Naomi Campbell and DIY, but it works.
Best for: Those out to impress.
If this pizza were a song, it would be: George Michael's ‘Faith', because if ever there was a pizza supermodels would love, this is it.
The most enticing thing about NKD Pizza is not the alarmingly quick delivery time, but the fact that fresh ingredients are organic and locally grown, meaning you can tone down the guilt a little when you order from here. The healthy sounding ‘superbiotic' is crammed with toppings of artichoke, spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, garlic, red onion and coriander. And it tastes exceptionally nutritious. Adding to the wholesome, yet satisfying qualities of this pizza is the floury, fluffy base of the ‘original' pizza, which is more like tucking in to freshly baked artisanal bread than the average flatbread crust.
Best for: A speedy, but also healthier, delivery pizza.
If this pizza were a song, it would be: ‘Fit But You Know It' by The Streets. A tasty, yet fresh and (relatively) healthier option, and that's its selling point.
From Dhs32 (small).