Dubai's Best Pizza
Time Out scours the city in search of the perfect pizza 41 Comments
- Picture 1 of 2
This is an article from 2010. For 5 top Dubai pizzas, click here.
It’s thought that pizzerias account for nearly 20 per cent of all the world’s restaurants. This fact alone speaks volumes about the popularity of this humble Italian dish that has, over the years, been adopted and modified by hundreds of different countries and cultures. And Dubai is no different, with well over a hundred of the city’s restaurants serving this ubiquitous dish. But what makes pizza so popular?
Being the grizzled, investigative journalists we are, we researched this question thoroughly online. And the best answer we found? ‘Because they taste like hot sandwiches.’ Indeed. Aside from this interesting assertion, we believe that the pizza’s popularity is largely down to the fact that it consists of simple, cheap and tasty ingredients, which can be easily interchanged to suit the tastes of different cultures and ethnicities.
But let’s not dwell on the technicalities for too long. The fact is that pizzas are just downright delicious and, luckily for us, there are plenty of pizza options across Dubai. In celebration of Italy’s greatest gift to the
world and, more tenuously, USA Pizza Month this October, Time Out’s dedicated staff have eaten their way through 30 of the city’s top pizza restaurants to bring you Dubai’s very finest.
Al Barsha & Sheikh Zayed Rd
Al Fresco: The quattro stagioni is divided into four slices, so sharing it is a bit difficult, but the vegetarian is tasty, if not a touch bland. The base of each pizza is thin, but with a nice thick crust. All pizzas are one size (not so good if you’re feeling greedy).
Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111)
Quattro stagioni (Dhs52); Vegeteriana (Dhs56; with extra pepperoni)
Red Tomato Pizza: Red Tomato’s pizzas aren’t too heavy and certainly aren’t too light. The hand-tossed brown dough is hard to come by in Dubai and the toppings prove fresh and well-picked. Go for the spicy pollastrona with its marinated grilled chicken, roasted capsicum and touches of parsley, although you’d be hard pressed to find anything wrong with any of the other menu options – pretty, sweet, delicious.
Shop 7, Saleh bin Lahej Building, Al Barsha (800 866 286)
Spicy pollastrona (Dhs44)
Pizza Pazza: This budget chain boasts a traditional wood-fired oven and al-fresco seating area. Expect your run-of-the-mill pizza options here, though the cooking methods are reassuringly genuine – chefs toss dough in the air, slap it down on the work surface and apply toppings right in front of you. The quattro stagioni with extra chilli has a crispy crust, while the consistency and flavours of the topping are surprisingly decent. No-frills, classic pizza.
Al Barsha, next to Mall of the Emirates and Citymax Hotel (04 399 6628)
Quattro stagioni (Dhs45)
Time Out Dubai,
- Academic City(3)
- Al Quoz(17)
- Arabian Ranches(10)
- Bur Dubai(164)
- Business Bay(4)
- Discovery Gardens(10)
- Downtown Dubai(161)
- Dubai Internet City(11)
- Dubai Investments Park(3)
- Dubai Marina(227)
- Dubai Media City(37)
- Emirates Hills(21)
- Festival City(48)
- Green Community(9)
- International City(19)
- Jebel Ali(17)
- Jumeirah Lakes Towers(42)
- Knowledge Village(1)
- Motor City(5)
- Nad Al Sheba(9)
- Oud Metha(83)
- Palm Jumeirah(61)
- Sheikh Zayed Road(165)
- Silicon Oasis(3)
- The Gardens(23)
- Umm Suqeim(63)
- Afternoon tea(46)
- Alcohol available(599)
- All you can eat deal(91)
- Brunch served(77)
- Business lunch(79)
- Family friendly(313)
- Floating restaurant(10)
- Formal dress code(22)
- Great view(33)
- Live music(149)
- Outdoor seating(519)
- Pork served(95)
- Private dining area(75)
- Smoking permitted(341)
- Take away(358)
Most viewed restaurantsAll reviews
Most viewed articles
- Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2014
- Dubai food events this week
- Dubai Food Festival at the Litfest
- Dubai Food Festival essential events
- Dubai Food Festival Beach Canteen
Our favourite features
101 celebrities in the UAE The most famous faces spotted in the emirates throughout 2013
Best selling albums of 2013 The top 20 sellers in the UAE: Who comes out on top?
Around the world at Global Village Dubai Stop and shop across the globe at the UAE's cultural park
Iconic Dubai buildings explained We celebrate some of the city's less well-known architectural triumphs
Hot new Japanese restaurants in Dubai Following a burst of new openings, we round up the newcomers
20 delicious low calories dishes in Dubai Our favourite feasts which pack just 500 calories or less
Pictures: Dubai from the sky We hopped aboard a Seawings flight to capture some amazing views of the ...
30 FREE things to do in Dubai From fitness trends to arty movie screenings, how to have free fun
20 celebrity chef restaurants in Dubai The celebrity-inspired restaurants that have come (and in some cases, go...
Massive new developments coming to Dubai FOUR huge islands off Deira, a 30,000-seater stadium, 100-storey tower, ...
21 restaurants to try in Downtown Dubai We dine our way down Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (Emaar Boulevard)
50 best dishes of 2013 From budget to blow-out, the best our reviewers have been served in 2013
An essential guide to renting in Dubai Beat price hikes, pick the right area, and know your rights
How to get a pay rise 20 expert tips to bag more cash from your boss
30 top outdoor bars in Dubai As the temperatures cool we round up the best places to drink outside in...