Dubai's Best Pizza
Time Out scours the city in search of the perfect pizza 40 Comments
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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)
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