Let's face it. When it comes to comfort food, the Italians have it figured. And nothing tops the pizza-pillow that is the calzone. Rich, oozing filling that's enveloped in a golden, oven-fired dough – this hearty classic is bursting with flavour and good old Italian passion. There are all sorts of places here in the UAE showing this Italian masterpiece some well-deserved love, with restaurants like Itzza Pizza, Pizzaly and Rossovivo each offering up their own take.
A pizza in disguise?
Admittedly, this is an easy dish to explain. Take your normal idea of pizza, fold it, and voila – you've got yourself a calzone. But in reality it's far more sophisticated. Originating in Naples, the traditional calzone is made from salted bread dough, stuffed with ham, cheese and egg, before being crimped and baked to golden perfection.
Of course, it doesn't end there. Different regions, and even countries, have their own take on the dish. In Italy, calzones are smaller and designed for eating on-the-go – and sometimes they're even fried for extra crunch. Over in the USA, they're bigger than the traditional Italian counterpart. The American influence on calzones has resulted in a much heartier sharing meal that is stuffed with a whole host of traditional and non-conformist pizza toppings alike.
We all love a good calzone, but who came up with this genius idea? The truth is, no-one is entirely sure of the original creator. All we really know is that calzone roughly translates to 'trouser', confirmation that this originally small and single-person turnover was always historically meant to be enjoyed on the go. This is one walking lunch we can get behind.
Cloud 9 calzones
Choosing your calzone is serious business. Do you go plain and simple or full to the brim? If it's choice you're after, Itzza Pizza is the place to be. Boasting a whole host of flavours – in all sorts of sizes – this modern Italian eatery offers calzone for all. The Four Meat option is our favourite – stuffed to bursting with pepperoni, beef bacon and sausage. And the good news doesn't stop there, you can even enjoy calzone for dessert with their chocolate and banana version. Two in one sitting? Yes please.
At Pizzaly, everyone can get in on the calzone fun. Their Caprese version is vegetarian-friendly, packing in mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and rocket with a dash of extra virgin olive oil. You can always go for their namesake calzone too – the Pizzaly is a tomato and mushroom based version that's topped off with triple cheese: gorgonzola, Emmental and parmesan.
If you're prone to spending half an hour choosing what to order, Rossovivo is the place for you. These guys just have the one calzone on the menu, but rest assured, they knock it out of the park every single time. This doughy delight is the perfect combination of creamy ricotta, mozzarella and salty salami and turkey ham, topped with a generous sprinkling of fresh Italian basil.
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