It's raining Pizzas in Delhi and how! Last month Skeets visited Indigo Delhi, then came Tonino and Pizza Express. The buck stops at Pizza Express for Skeets as they make another foray to the Pizza market in Delhi.
It is one hell of a task for Skeets to write about Pizzas as she is extremely biased towards orginal/classic Margherita pizzas. There's no looking beyond for her. But she shall try. Skeeter's first tryst with Pizza Express was in London and that was an overwhelming experience. So, she was looking at a repeat experience, very reluctantly.
|(Left: Dough balls and garlic butter. Right:Bruschetta Con Funghi )|
|The Pizza tossing spectacle|
|(Left:Proofing of the dough. Right: Pizza base with tomato sauce from Parma )|
The Giardiniera Pizza (classic base) is topped with mushrooms, mozzarella, leeks, cherry tomatoes, artichokes and olives on a tomato and pesto base drizzled with fragrant garlic oil and comes at Rs 510. The classic base has its own fan following but if one wants they can upgrade it to the thinner, crispier Romana base for Rs 100. Extra toppings for any pizza come at Rs 45 a pop, choose from char grilled veggies, eggs, sweet peppadew among others. There are some non-veg toppings availavle too but that was not Skeets' area of interest. Skeets moved on to the Padana pizza (RS 595) on a Romana base. It came topped with Goat's cheese, mozzarella, spinach, caramelised onions and a drizzle of garlic oil. This sublime Pizza was Skeeter's personal favourite and she recommends you must try the Padana. Oh and do drizzle some extra garlic oil for enhanced flavour.
|Padana pizza on Romana base|
|Baked Vanilla Cheesecake with mascarpone and fruit coulis|
The few branches of Pizza Express in London that Skeeter likes are the Bromley and Bloomsbury ones. The ambience of the Delhi one is pleasant and inviting with comfortable seating. The decor of every Pizza express branch represents something from the area in which they open shop. This one has painted plates on the wall to represent ceramic pottery of the area. There is a splendid rooftop seating coming up soon too and the liquor license is awaited.
The wait staff are very well trained. Full marks for that! The menu in London is a little more elaborate with a few extras in each section. Am sure the Delhi people will up their game with time and add more of the London favourites.
The Pizza standards are up to the mark as there is a taste tester who is flown from London for quality maintenance. The tomatoes comes from a region near Parma in Italy, a tradition being maintained by the chain since 1965.
There was a drizzle of cream that dressed the Cheesecake at the London branches. Skeets prays the Pizza Express at Delhi incorporate that and make Skeety happy.
A meal at Pizza Express would be approximately Rs 2000 for two people. A must try Pizzeria, this.