A popular dish in Mumbai, pizza is now almost synonymous with comfort food. From Neapolitan pizza to a thick doughy crust pizza and from a deep pan Californian pizza to a handmade one, the options in crusts are endless. One can also get almost any toppings imaginable on a pizza. Experimenting with different flavour combinations in a pizza is the norm today and chefs are doing so unabashedly. What’s more, there are dessert pizzas on offer too. So, treat yourself to a pizza - a thin, crispy triangular slice topped with melted mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and various toppings or a wood-fired one, topped with a sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes, gobs of fresh Buffalo mozzarella, basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. Go ahead and take your pick from my top 5 recommendations.
Gustoso, Kemps Corner, South Mumbai
This haven for pizza lovers is the place to head to. The sautéed chicken pizza, Murgante, is the perfect choice for carnivores, while vegetarians can try the Spinaci. With a generous amount of toppings and top-notch ingredients, the pizza here proves to be an unparalleled treat.
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Prego, Westin Mumbai Garden City, Mumbai, Western Suburbs
This casual dining Italian restaurant offers lip-smacking pizza among other dishes. One can select one’s base from a regular, multigrain or whole wheat. The Primavera, although simple, boasts of fresh flavours. Else try the spicy Bologna with pepperoni, ricotta cheese, tomatoes, olives and mozzarella. The Pizza Prego with lobster is unique and willow the palate of any seafood lover.
Bandra Project by Pizza Express, Pali Hill, Bandra West, Western Suburbs
The Romana pizza here is irresistible, particularly the crunchy Giardiniera, with a pesto base and an array of veggies. But if you want something unique, try the Breakfast Pizza with baked eggs, rocket leaves and tomatoes.
1441 Pizzeria, Fort, South Mumbai
Choose your toppings, sauce and have the chef prepare the pizza right before your eyes. It does not get any more, fresh than this. The Goat Cheese Pizza here is creamy and goodness personified. The rocket leaves add the right amount of crunch. The flavours of the BBQ Chicken Pizza are enticing and a bite into it leaves your taste buds in a tizzy. The wood-fired pizza here is one of its kind.
Sorrentina by Foodhall, Santacruz West, Western Suburbs
This mecca for authentic Italian food in Mumbai is a must-visit. The Salame Picante had stretched, Neopolitan pizza here, is a treat you cannot miss. Subtle flavours, fresh ingredients and a delicious rustic pizza, is what you can expect to enjoy. Vegetarians must opt for the Sorrentina, signature pizza here. What is more, watch the chef in action as he prepares the pizza, a la minute.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.