A reliable spot for a quick and easy pizza in Downtown Dubai 9 Reviews
Pizzaro looked decent enough. It featured a small but pleasant outdoor stretch, encased by greenery in pots and looking out onto the sweeping expanse of Emaar Boulevard. There was a pretty standard but attractive interior area in a cool, clean and modern style, with a few comfy booths in the corners. Oddly, bridging the two, was a strange outdoor-indoor setup of tables in a characterless empty hallway.
The selection of starters sounded interesting. The menu didn’t make this clear, but aside from the salads, most of the starters were not really suited to one-plate-style eating and needed to be shared like antipasti. Although the term ‘carpaccio of bresaola’ on the menu was a confusing tautology, the air-dried meat on this dish (it was bresaola, not beef carpaccio) was good, and the scattering of rocket, parmesan and capers made for an enjoyable mix of colours and flavours. The deep-fried calamari with an avocado dip sounded exciting, but was surprisingly ordinary. There was a nice crunch to the batter, but the squid was a little overcooked, so the texture of each piece was rather samey. The mushrooms stuffed with caprino cheese and pine seeds were surprisingly light and uncomplicated, and very pleasant for it. Sadly however, the ‘crispy veal bacon’ topping was crisped to a point just shy of cremation.
In all fairness, no one expects five-star service in a pizzeria. There was nothing rude or unpleasant about Pizzaro’s staff, but there was some confusion over simple things: for example, when (or if) to take dishes away, to bring new cutlery or to serve the next course. As such, our main course arrived as the tail end of our starters still stood on the table. Granted, we had just about finished, but I don’t like feeling rushed.
There were several exciting-sounding pizzas on the menu. We tried ‘La Verace’, a simple, styled-up margarita that was apparently Pizzarro’s bestseller, and for good reason. The base was soft and crunchy in the right places, the flavours of buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, oregano and basil were distinct, and nothing was overly complicated, overpowering or greasy. The penne pomodoro with aubergine and smoked ricotta was also a success: the aubergine was soft and caramelly, the unusual smoked ricotta flavour adding a new dimension, although the sauce was a little greasy.
Pizzarro may not be desperately exciting, but it’s simple, pleasant and unintimidating: a laid-back-looking place for a light lunch or a quick bite. It’s the sort of place you might go regularly, without a moment’s thought and at a moment’s notice.
The bill (for two)
1x Bresaola Dhs55
1x Stuffed mushrooms Dhs32
1x Deep-fried calamari Dhs40
1x Pizza Dhs49
1x Pasta Dhs44
1x Iced tea Dhs20
1x mint lemon drink Dhs22
Total (excluding service) Dhs262
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