The Italians are famous for lots of things – and two of the best known are supercars and pizza. Luckily, you'll be able to see plenty of the former driving around Dubai and, even if Ferraris and Lamborghinis are a bit outside your price range, then at least you'll be able to afford a fantastic pizza or two.
In fact, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to the number of places to try, not to mention the different kinds of pizzas to enjoy. And whatever your favourite combination of toppings are,you're sure to be able to find them in many of Dubai's best pizza places, as well as many others that you've never discovered before.
Here are our top five picks for pizza, and maybe yours is among them too.
1. 800 Pizza
Head on down to 800 Pizza and you'll be bowled over by the choice, which includes a huge number of options for vegetarians and carnivores alike. They even take something as simple as the margarita and turn it into something very special indeed by using the very best quality buffalo mozzarella, Marzano tomato sauce and extra virgin Italian olive oil. For a real taste of luxury, try the Black Truffle pizza, which comes without tomato sauce to truly enhance the flavour of the truffle.
2. Francesco's Pizza Café
As the name suggests, there's a pretty relaxed vibe down at Francesco's Pizza Café. They concentrate on using as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible in their wide range of signature pizzas, whose names are almost as inventive as the dishes themselves. For example, there's the Italian Stallion (cheese, sausage, mushrooms, red onions, and parsley) or the Date Palm (bresaola, gorgonzola, rosemary, and balsamic glaze) to name just two of them.
3. Per Te
In Italian, Per Te literally means "for you" and this gives you an idea of the sort of brilliant personal service that you can expect there. The pizza menu is short and sweet and you can rest assured that a great deal of care goes into sourcing the very best ingredients, like the famously soft stracciatella cheese that is memorably paired with peppery rocket and cherry sundried tomatoes on one of their most popular pizzas.
Surely, some of the healthiest pizzas in Dubai come from the growing chain of NKD restaurants. For a start, they promise a famous ancestral dough that is made using no less than ten different grains and serve pizzas with names like Superbiotic, Greenhouse and Omnivore. But our favourite has to be the brilliantly named Better With Feta. A tomato base is paired with mozzarella cheese, red onion, hamburger style beef, spicy grissu chilli which contrasts beautifully with the creamy crumbly feta.
5. Project Pie
The last on the list is Project Pie and it's earned its place by being somewhere that you can put together your very own favourite pizza from their long list of toppings including all the favourites, like pepperoni and chicken, as well as more unusual ones like smoked turkey and pesto sauce. They also offer a superb range of their own signature pizzas that is totally customisable. What more could you want?
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