Pie society: A guide to the best pizzas in the capital
What’s On has details of where to find the finest, and strangest, slices of pie in the city including Market Kitchen, Olives and Aqua.
While this What’s On Award-wining restaurant is known for its innovative American cuisine, the menu also has a couple of really good pizzas. Be sure to try the shrimp meatball pizza that comes with argula pesto and roasted peppers or, if you’re feeling extravagant, the black truffle pizza which sees a thin crust smeared with a paste of the mushrooms and topped with fontina cheese.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to midnight, Dhs60 to Dhs90. Tel: (02) 6742020. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
The recently opened Mediterranean restaurant by celebrity chef Todd English is worth a visit, even if you aren’t ordering the flatbreads. Not that we’d recommend you do that. Served on top of a handsome wooden board, this oval starter (apparently English doesn’t trust circle-shaped pizzas) is ideal
for sharing. We recommend the Bronx Bomber – a crispy, light-as-air base that is topped with mozzarella and beef pepperoni. The mouth-watering garlic tomato sauce will ensure you’ll be in desperate need of a mint afterwards.
Venetian Village, Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, daily 6.30pm to 11pm, Dhs60 to Dhs90. Tel: (02) 4041941. Taxi: Next to Ritz-Carlton. facebook.com/OlivesAbuDhabi
Made with the powder-fine 00 flour and a mix of Italian pomodorini and locally grown organic tomatoes, the pizzas at this all-day-dining restaurant in the Rosewood Abu Dhabi are cooked in a 300°C brick stone oven. Meat lovers will want to try the diavola pizza that features lamb merguez sausage, beef sopressata salami, roasted peppers and goat cheese.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Global Market Square, Abu Dhabi, daily 6.30 to 10.30am, noon to 3.30pm, 7pm to 12.30am, Dhs70 to Dhs85. Tel: (02) 8135552. Taxi: Rosewood. rosewoodhotels.com
THE WEIRD AND THE WONDERFUL
Nutella and gelato pizza
Why restrict your pizza consumption to main meals only? Enjoy a dessert version of the dish with this untraditional concoction at La Mamma. Instead of a standard, circular pie, this Naples inspired ‘pizza’ sees portions of crispy, fried dough topped with scoops of vanilla ice cream, brown sugar and drizzled with hazelnut spread.
Sheraton Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to 3.30pm, 7pm to 11.30pm, Dhs50. Tel: (02) 6970238. Taxi: Sheraton Corniche. lamammaabudhabi.com
The city’s biggest
Russo’s New York Pizzeria offers up traditional Yankee-sized slices that are big enough to fold with your hands. In fact, that’s the only way you should be eating these triangles of temptation. And if that wasn’t enough, you can order up an extra-large party version of the pies on offer that measures an impressive 28 inches – that’s roughly the height of a one-year old baby.
Al Wahda Mall, Al Wahda, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 11pm, Dhs155 to Dhs227. Tel: (800) 787767. Taxi: Al Wahda Mall. facebook.com/RussosUAE
Go the distance when it comes to cheesy glory with the one-metre pizza at Spaccanapoli. Guests with a serious appetite can order varying sizes (from half a metre, three-quarters of a metre to a full metre) that includes a variety of different styles and toppings. And if you order between 4pm to 7pm, you’ll receive a 50 per cent discount.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, daily noon to midnight, prices dependent on types of pizza ordered. Tel: (02) 6166261. Taxi: Crowne Plaza.ichotelsgroup.com
For an Arabian twist to this Italian staple, head to Fanr Restaurant on Saadiyat Island. Its Classic Camel Sfiha pizza features minced camel meat topped with crushed pine nuts, cumin, halloumi cheese, pomegranate and coriander sprigs.
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to 11pm, Dhs78. Tel: (02) 6575888. Taxi: Manarat Al Saadiyat. saadiyatculturaldistrict.ae