The mathematical constant ‘pi’ (π) signifies consistency and proportion and Pi Pizzeria, that derives its name from this constant, managed to floor us with the consistency in the taste of their never-ending range of gourmet pizzas. It is one the finest gourmet pizzerias that we have come across in recent times.
Located in Khar, the place has a very good vibe and is nicely done with good lighting and interiors. The kitchen is located strategically such that it allows one to get a good view of the pizzas being prepared as soon as you enter the outlet. Talk about torture! The seating is on the first floor, big enough to accommodate around 20 – 25 guests at a time.
With a desire to serve authentic pizzas and the owners have looked into the finest details – right from the cheese, veggies, other ingredients to the equipment required in the making of delicious pizzas, which have been imported from various European countries. We were surprised to see the huge number of vegetarian pizza options on the menu. Surely a heaven for veggie lovers! They serve only 10″ pizza and each one of them is surely bound to take your senses for a ride.
Here’s a look at what we tried:
Dough Balls with Garlic Butter – Perfect start to our meal with these. Slightly crispy on the outside and super soft cored dough balls served along with garlic butter dip.
Baked Mushrooms with Pesto and Mozzarella – Fresh mushrooms baked in mozzarella cheese and pesto sauce, giving them a slightly pungent taste. Easily amongst the winners here.
Garlic Bread with Mozzarella – This was the ultimate garlic bread. Something you surely cannot miss. Soft and oh so cheesy! Loved it!
Quattro – This yummy four cheese pizza that got us drooling with the amount of cheese. Mozzarella, Parmesan, Fontal and Feta cheese. It is bit on the savoury side because of the different varieties of cheese. So delicious!
Porcini – Classic combination of mushrooms, onions and olives with lots of parmesan cheese. Flavorful!
Cipriota – Another wonder worth trying here. Loaded with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, onions and feta cheese. We were on a cheese high with these pizzas!
Tiramisu – With layers of cream cheese sprinkled with coffee which gives a strong overpowering flavour, this smooth textured dessert was a delight.
Cheesecake – Soft and creamy with a thick base. Would have tasted better without the syrup, but we still loved it.
Choco Lava Cake – What a sight it was when we cut through the cake and the hot molten chocolate kept oozing!! It tasted as good as it looked.
Overall Experience: If you are one of those who eat, sleeps and dreams pizzas, then wake up and relish on the delicious pizzas at Pi Pizzeria. We only wished that there were more options in the beverages that could go well with the menu.
The weekend aways makes us happy. But this time, it left us elated! Like any other day, we zeroed in on a location to satiate our growling tummies and went ahead. We had heard the place we had selected – Summer House Café is an amazing one, we just did not know the enormity of the amazingness and hence, were more than under prepared for what hit us once we landed here!
Summer House Café is a dreamy setup, a beautiful place! For us, it felt like another world! Just far away, another country, another landscape, ‘coz surely, something this amazing cannot be right here, correct?
The white and blue facade with bamboo sticks forming a part of the wall reminded us of a shack in some beach country. Then we entered through the doors and were awestruck by the bustling area and it literally took us a few minutes to take everything in.
During these few minutes, we were informed that a workshop was in progress on the lower level, were ushered to our tables upstairs and handed over the menu.
And not assimilating all this, we were still looking around wondering how the wooden beams and columns fit perfectly, how just the right amount of light enters through the glass windows and how beautiful it would be to stare at the sky in the evening (if only Mumbai skies were clear).
How the clock, which surprisingly wasn’t working, fits perfectly in the scene and how the lampshade next to us is the epitome of vintage chicness! Yup, such are the exaggerated feelings when you are not prepared for something and then are clean bowled by it.
The ambience makes everything look better. The area is huge and very spacious. and superbly lit during the daytime and transforms to a dim lit, fine dining area come evening. That’s the upper level. The lower level is still the den of activity. It is a house to comedy shows, band performances, crazy retro dance nights, book & reading clubs and painting workshops to name few. When we were here, by the evening, a workshop on knife painting led to a colourful chatter here and then, just like in the movies, the entire scene changed to become host to a movie launch party. And we sat there, hogging and marvelling!
The menu here is a maze! There is so much variety that you are confused and yet the humble staff say that they know the variety is limited! Coming to the staff, the service is prompt and friendly and the Chef surely knows how to win you over, en route your stomach! Here is what we hogged on at Summer House Café –
Yuzu Pineapple Smash – A refreshing combination of lime, yuzu (a citrus fruit giving the drink a slight tart) and basil. Thyme and fennel seeds added a mind blowing aroma and flavour.
Blueberry Twist Smash – A tangy concoction of blueberry, lime and orange. Rosemary adds a very refreshing flavour. This one packs a sure punch!
Jalapeno Cheese Poppers – Crispy batter fried poppers with mozzarella cheese and made spicy with lots of chilli flakes and jalapenos. These are better spelt as ‘perfection’! Pop these and see the cheese oozing out! But make sure you have the poppers before someone snatches them off the plate.
The Haystack Salad – Sprouts, bell peppers, tomatoes, black beans, cucumber, lettuce, corn and more! And topped or rather stacked with crispy tortilla fingers. There is a slight hint of sweetness in the salad owing to the ingredients and we would have better liked it with a little bit of black pepper if not chilli to ease out the sweetness.
Nachos with Salsa and Sour Cream – Fresh, crispy tortilla chip loaded with chopped tomatoes, spring onions, jalapenos, black beans, and a tangy salsa sauce. The cheese sauce and sour cream are wonderful!
Indian Vegetarian Platter – The intense and spicy flavours of the dishes in the Indian vegetarian platter were mind blowing. Spicy masalas that do justice to the preparations. There were three items in the platter – Char grilled paneer chunks with a smokey flavour and marinated in strong spices. Pineapple presented in a chatpata avatar that we definitely had not tried earlier. The masalas overshadowed the inherent sweetness of the fruit and left for a delicious preparation on the sticks.
Soya Kebabs were the star of the show in this platter. Soft soya, marinated in a very spicy sauce, stuffed with veggies, paneer and nuts. This one was amazing! It was served with a yoghurt based dip and a non-spicy mint dip.
Veg Mezze Platter – Consisted of crispy and delicious falafels, feta samosas and crispy soft pita bread. Sticky rice balls were made with the thicker rice, slightly crisp on the outside and had a filling of veggies and a little bit of cheese. The dips are mind blowing, especially the hummus. We did not really enjoy the feta samosas as they were a bit oily and a little bland for our taste.
Thai Veg Curry – Lots of exotic veggies in a superbly fragrant curry spiced with Thai herbs. It has a mildly spicy aftertaste. We loved the fact that it has just the adequate amount of creaminess and spices. Recommended!
Sundried and Cherry Tomatoes, Bocconcini and Fresh Basil Pizza – Thin crusted pizza that is topped with bocconcini. The combination of bocconcini and the tomato based sauce were marvellous. Topped with sun-dried and cherry tomatoes and basil leaves, this pizza is a delight. We especially loved the crusty corners and the fresh aroma added by the basil.
Pesto Tomato Basil and Mozzarella Sandwich – Overloaded with cheese and pesto, this is a simple yet delightful sandwich in a crispy panini bread. The sandwich primarily has lots of tomatoes and a non-spicy pesto sauce.
Tiramisu – Tiramisu here is a must have! Not only is it perfect, it also has a surprise for you! The creamy dessert is served in a glass along with rum soaked bread. We could not figure out why this bread tasted so good even after we had scavenged it through the deep ends of the glass. The chef then let us in on this secret. The strong essence and flavours that the rum bread and coffee add are mind boggling!
Mega Brownie Sundae Mug – This should be called Mega Happiness Sundae Mug! Delicious, soft and crunchy brownie with lots and lots of vanilla ice cream that was threatening to melt! Made a hell lot messy and tasty by the chocolate sauce and finished with a cherry on top!
Carrot Cake With Whipped Cream – A soft spongy cake with intense cinnamon flavour, lots of nuts and whipped cream. We loved how gooey and soft it was.
The Ultimate Banoffee Pie – If we were not averse to bananas, this one would have been the dessert for us at Summer House Café. It is without a doubt on the sweeter side, but the toffee sauce makes you want to dig in for just another bite till you have licked the glass and the spoon and maybe even the plate! Heavenly!
Overall Experience: First, the ambience blows you away and then you are washed over by the astonishingly delicious food and delicate flavours! We were looking at each other with baffled expression after every bite!
We guess that enough explanation for the love affair we had with Summer House Café to make you wanna check it out for yourselves? We surely hope so, ‘coz we wouldn’t want you to miss out on this amazing place! Highly recommended!
The Battle: The battle is having to get up and leave from here! Can’t we just get mattresses and sleep here?
Square Box, Round Pizza, Triangular Slices – I am confused!
This is what I remembered when I first read the name – Pizza Box! Totally random, we know! Anyway, keeping these random thoughts aside, we walk into the outlet which is located in the residential neighbourhood of Vile Parle (East).
The outlet is small and decently done up, no show, just simple seating arrangements indoors and outdoors. An array of pizza boxes are lined up in a corner and with that one can tell that the major focus is on delivery. A few quotes about pizza hang on the walls while a host of appreciative comments from patrons decorates another corner. The menu is all pizza in various sizes and a variety of toppings. There are a lot of options for vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians.
Here are the ones we tried:
Hot Head –> One of their hot sellers and notoriously spicy! Lots of spicy red sauce at the base with a ton of toppings that include onions, bell peppers, jalapenos and chilli. It leaves a sharp burning sensation in the mouth and is definitely not for those who cannot handle spicy. We loved the delicious red sauce at the base which packed a punch with the hot-headedness!
French Fries Pizza – There’s cheese and there are french fries. What’s not to love in this one? The fries are crispy and go so well with the sauces and cheese. There is also an option to add veggies to the french fries pizza.
Mumbai ka Flavour –> We have to agree, wherever we Mumbaikars go, we add life to the party. And so does this lip-smacking chatpata and masaledar pizza! Those terms don’t belong in a pizza description? Wait till you try this one! Capsicum, onions and tomatoes marinated in flavorful and really masaledar spices and sauce, this one is amazing! Mumbai ka Flavour is totally Mumbai-style scrumptious and a must try here!
Tip: They tend to make the thin crust pizzas a little crunchy (which we absolutely loved), so if you aren’t a fan of the same, just tell them and they will oblige.
Pizza Napoli –> Loaded is the word to describe the Pizza Napoli and Loving it is the phrase to describe our reaction to it! The oregano and basil do wonders to the pizza, not only making it fragrant but also mind-blowingly tasty. Sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and more are decked on top of a thin crusted base. The flavours of each of the ingredients, especially mushrooms and tomatoes are enhanced by the oregano and herbs. Loved this one!
We also tried the American Corn & Chilli Crostini which was impeccable. A thin baked upper layer, which when bit into lets molten mozzarella cheese ooze out! Green chillies add a slightly spicy tinge to the otherwise cheesy delight. Loved it!
Pull Apart Garlic Bread is a golden, crispy and garlicky loaf of bread, that is loaded with cheese! The flavours of garlic, butter and cheese blend so well to make this one! Perfect!
Paneer Stromboli is another delight here that we really loved. A Delicious mixture of paneer and veggies in a mustard based sauce. The combination with cheese went so well together. It is served with a salsa dip which is yummy!
Pizza Box also has a dedicated Pizza Cone menu. So we decided to try the Paneer Tikka Pizza Cone which is the same as Paneer Tikka Pizza but in a cone. The top is loaded with cheese and baked to form a cheese covering. It tastes delicious.
Overall, Pizza Box is a place you should definitely consider to satiate your pizza cravings! Order in or just go grab a table here. Also, they have unlimited buffet with pizza, garlic bread and beverages at ₹269 on Sundays!
Pizza is like the entire food pyramid! – Madeline Oles
If that is true, then 1441 Pizzeria is Egypt where this pyramid is placed.
But then, if you think about it, this is a problem. ‘Coz they were going for Naples and we called them Egypt. Those two places are not even close!
Tchk Tchk! Wrong quote.
Anyway, what we were trying to say is, 1441 Pizzeria brings a world of amazing pizzas for us! Quite a range of chef specials wood-fired pizzas and a fantastic array of toppings and cheese to choose from in case you are a fan of make your own pizza!
All this in a petite looking outlet from the outside. It is only when you step inside that bright green door that you realise why we were stressing on Naples above. Bricked walls with pictures depicting the history of pizza and reminiscence of the old Italian world.
1441 are the coordinates of the first ever pizza parlour in Naples, but we are sure you already knew that?
Well, better late than never!
You can pick from the high tables and stools or the normal ones. The combination of red and black chairs with the lightly brown coloured tables is apt for the ambience and yellow lighting. A few tables and chairs are also extended outside in case you want to enjoy your pizza as you watch a crowd whizz past!
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For the make your own pizza, they have around 30-40 topping options, multiple sauces and cheese varieties to choose from. A half and half or probably more divisions are possible in the make your own pizza. You can choose from single topping to multiple toppings (gourmet pizza) and both are priced differently. If you are feeling indecisive, ask the staff for help, they will be more than happy to. Along with pizza, they also have some kick-ass and much talked about starters, beverages and desserts.
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Bottomless soda or what we know as unlimited soda with no strings attached, just help yourself. You are given an empty cup and you have to get it yourself everytime you need a refill. The staff is very friendly and helpful. After we settled down, we were taken for a tour to explain their entire menu and process, which they do for every new customer.
Here is what we hogged on:
PS: No drooling!
Smokey Dough Balls: Made with freshly kneaded dough and lots of chilli flakes, oregano and of course cheese, these bite-sized balls are delicious! They were served with a mustard dip and a mild spicy jalapeno yoghurt dip.
Krish Pizza – The pizza is named after the owner and was one of the specials that day. The pizza base was prepared right in front of us and was topped with Mama’s sauce, mozzarella cheese, jalapenos and caramelised onions and then baked in their wood fired oven. Sun-dried tomatoes and basil were then added. The pizza was smokey and had a combination of sweet-tangy flavours owing to the caramelised onions and base sauce.
Paneer Tikka Pizza – Thin crusted delight with lots of paneer, capsicum and onions and a tangy sauce.Loved it!
We also tried pizzas from their Cheese Festival menu –
Stracciatella Pizza – Thin crusted base, topped with and Italian sauce and lots of cream. On top were tomatoes and basil and the start –Stracciatella cheese! Small shreds of this cheese and Parmesan made this one a sinfully delicious option. The combination of cream, tomatoes and black pepper was delicious! Loved it! This is a must try!
Camembert and Blue Cheese Pizza – This pizza is cheese heaven! Mozzarella, Camembert cheese and blue cheese! Although we know that blue cheese is significantly different from feta cheese, we felt the same tang and creamy texture in this cheese. It was scrumptious! Another must try!
Since we were here for their 1st birthday party and we were treated to Nutella Pizza and Chocolate Calzones made for the birthday celebrations! *Happy Dance*
Thin crusted base with a spread of Nutella and an option of topping! Strawberry, marshmallows and bananas – what is not to love!
The chocolate calzones are a dessert version of the smokey dough balls. Filled with chocolate and dusted with lots of sugar, this is sinister, to say the least!
We also sipped on Lychee Lemonade and Masala Lemonade both of which were refreshing.
Overall Experience: Pizzalicious! The service is prompt and friendly but the place is a little on the higher side cost-wise.
The Battle: Did you see the amount and variety of cheese up there? Try to put those Cheese special pizzas down, no just try and you will know how difficult life is!
Shakespeare said ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.’
But then, won’t there be confusion? Like if a rose is not a rose, then what finally is a rose? And what is ‘the rose that is not a rose’? My God, that’s one too many roses! What we are trying to say is….confusion!
But do not be confused by the name Coffee Break that you see when you spot this place from afar. It is not just for coffee. Bistro @ Coffee Break is a newly opened bistro in Bandra (located near Chaayos/Salt Water Café). It serves quite a few coffee and smoothie variants along with a vast menu spread around pizza, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, quesadillas and more!
There is an indoor AC section with two tables to accommodate groups of 4-3 each and a bigger outdoor section. Indoors are brightly lit where lies a very misplaced chandelier, a few books and coffee mugs. The music was really good and peppy! The counter has a huge board displaying what we are assuming to be their specials – tacos, burgers and shakes.
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There is also a display of sandwiches, puffs, and desserts. What we loved the most about the menu was the variety of portion sizes. They have a small and large option available in most of their beverages, from coffee to coolers. As also for Pizza, there is an 8″ and a 10″ option. Unfortunately, no vegetarian options are available for the burgers.
We decided to hogg on pizza this time around!
Tikka Pizza – Small pieces of paneer with onions, capsicum and cheese on a tomato sauce base.
Sicily – Lots of sundried tomatoes, onions, basil leaves and cheese.
We liked both the options, they were adequately loaded and made well but were on the drier side. Perhaps a little more of the base sauce and these would be lip-smacking!
From the coolers, we had a Strawberry Splash and Mint Splash. Both are fizzy options and very well made. The fizz lasted until almost the end which is a plus!
Head to Bistro @ Coffee Break for a good meal the next time you are here. We hear the burgers are good (but we can’t judge them for you) or maybe you could try Deep Fried Oreos?
Most people do. But most people like them for the people. We like them for two reasons – holidays (yup, we do work, eating is not all we do!) and obviously, food!
Okay, another question. You like pizza?
Hopefully, you do! ‘Coz if not, then we have a problem! Anyway, since we can’t see you nod, we are gonna assume you like pizza as much as we do!
So now, imagine if festivities and pizza come together! Well, that is what happened with the festive menu at PizzaExpress. It is not all pizza (like we would complaint) but it was definitely festive!! Imagine Sangria, and Chocolate Cheesecake and Blueberries and hot soup! Yup, all of that!
We decided to try some of the delicious options in the limited festive menu at the BKC outlet of PizzaExpress. The restaurant is huge and really spacious with an open kitchen, where you can watch in awe, as the pizza dough is rolled and flipped in the air and tossed around! The service is really prompt and friendly. The manager is very approachable and ready to explain each option well before you order.
Here is a peep into what we hogged on:
Spinach Artichoke Tuffo with Dough Balls: A delicious combination of feta cheese, cream, spinach, capers and artichoke. This was probably the first time we were introduced to Artichoke. It has a very delicate taste, nothing very distinct. The dip overall was creamy, with a good mix of chilli and spinach’s flavours. Served hot, we kept going back for it!The dough balls were crispy on the top and fluffy. Perfectly baked.
Berry Fresca & Ginger Fresca
Ginger Fresca is a refreshing drink with juliennes of ginger, lime wedges, mint and ale. None of the flavours overpower each other. Berry Fresca is another superb option with raspberry juice adding a mildly sweet and tangy flavour and topped with sprite. Lemonade is a non-fizzy option with lots of crushed mint leaves.
Calabrese Verde is a thin crust pizza having a base of passata with tomatoes, chillies and pepper, that gives it a distinctly spicy taste. Topped with spicy jalapenos, rocket(arugula) leaves, olives, bell peppers and lots of Mozerella cheese… So delicious! Just perfectly spicy and toothsome!!
Penne Con Cilantro is made with their signature coriander pesto sauce. A surprise addition was the pickled onions that have a piquant-sweet flavour.
The pesto sauce was creamy and had an appetising aroma.
The pasta was cooked al dente (a little firm to bite), but you can tell them your preference if you would rather prefer it fully cooked.
What is festive if no crazy sweetness is involved! Just look at that goodness!
Warm blueberry compote with crumbs and a flavourful vanilla gelato scoop – the flavours did the tango as we had the first spoonful! After that, the dish was wiped clean in a jiffy! Warm Blueberry Crumble is a delectable mix of gooey blueberry compote with its sweet taste and the richness of butter crumbs, with vanilla bean gelato adding intense vanilla flavour to it. Loved it to the last crumb that stuck to the pan
Overall Experience: Amazing. The food is really good, with service that is at par with the amazing ambience!
The Battle: Try keeping your hands off the pizza of say, a minute? I am sure you can’t.
I went in saying, only one slice of pizza, nothing more, but ended up fighting till the last piece was snatched from my hand!