10 Perfect Pizzas

September 12, 2010 1:01 pm by
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We arrived at our picks of the city’s most inventive pizzas on the basis of the quality of ingredients, the creativity with which they had been combined, and the overall balance of flavours. Our list, ranked in no particular order:

1. Pizza ai Salami, Don Giovanni
A meat fest of a pizza, with every alternate slice topped with Milano salami and cotto ham (a flavourful cooked ham cured in brine, and spiced with bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon). Rs600.
5, Kings International House, opposite Juhu Church, Juhu Tara Road. Tel: 6742 6770.

2. Six Cereal Pizza, Frangipani
This off-the-menu pie has nothing to do with cereal; it comes with a healthy selection of greens like peas, sautéed spinach, zucchini and asparagus stems. The chef recommends a sprinkling of chopped green chillies and we suggest you take his advice. Rs725.
Trident, Nariman Point. Tel: 6632 4343.

3. Pizza Chorizo, Indigo Deli
The smoked chorizo is nicely complemented by fresh basil leaves in this wafer-thin pie. Rs647.
5, Pheroze Building, opposite Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder. Tel: 6655 1010. Also at Palladium Mall, First Floor, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel. Tel: 2498 6262.

4. Spicy Tobasco, Little Italy
The combination of tabasco and jalapenos gives this pizza a tangy kick that’s carefully balanced by sun-dried tomatoes. Rs432.
18-B Hotel Atlantic, near Maneckji Cooper School, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu. Tel: 2660 8815.

5. Quattro Formaggi, Mia Cucina
The Gorgonzola is the star of this four-cheese pie. The blue-veined cheese adds just the right amount of sharpness to a creamy blend of mozzarella, pecorino and parmesan. Rs506.
Gasper Enclave, Shop No.16, St. John Street, Pali Naka, Bandra (West). Tel: 6710 4000.

6. Pepperoni and Fig pizza, Pali Village Café
The sweetness of dried figs adds a surprising amount of depth to the spicy salami in this crispy pizza. Rs157.
602 Ambedkar Road, near Janta, Pali Naka, Bandra (West). Tel: 2605 0401.

7. Prosciutto with Cipollini, Ray’s Café and Pizzeria
A sharp but delicious combination of translucent prosciutto and butter-braised cipollini onions. Rs407.
Gazebo House, 133 Hill Road, Bandra (West). Tel: 2645 1616.

8. Pizza ai Porcini, Spaghetti Kitchen
Porcini mushrooms are commonly used in sauces and stews; put them on a pizza and you get the earthy texture of a hearty stew, the perfect complement to the buttery softness of buffalo mozzarella. Rs550.
First Floor, Crossroads 2, Inox Building, Nariman Point. Tel: 6743 9430.

9. Fiamma, Trattoria
A blanket of salted mozzarella topped with crunchy onions and a generous sprinkling of chilli flakes. Rs731.
Taj President, 90, Cuffe Parade. Tel: 6665 0808.

10. Pizza Pazza, Celini
Bless the Italians for San Marzano tomatoes. The sauce obtained from these plum tomatoes is what make Celini’s biscuit-thin, herb-dusted roast-chicken pizza the best—and lightest—we’ve had. Rs 9oo.
Grand Hyatt, off the Western Express Highway, Santa Cruz (East). Tel: 6676 1234.