Get yourselves a tall glass of cold water before you scroll down and read this. I kid you not.
Try to sip it first, then promise to control salivating, worse -drooling over this mouthwatering blog post.
Here we go.
I am a firm believer of the facts that not all pizza and pasta are created equal, and not all meals are worth-sharing. Hehehe! Agree? I may not be a food connoisseur or a food critic with discriminating taste however, I certainly know my palates so well.
My very first dining experience at Itzza Pizza in their flagship store along Jumeira Beach Road, Dubai was remarkably worth-sharing! It was extremely pleasant and completely exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend it to everyone in the emirates and to those who will visit UAE soon. Here are my 10 reasons why you should try Ittza Pizza and why I fell in love with this pizzeria in Dubai :
(1) FRESH INGREDIENTS
How could you go wrong with freshest ingredients?
When our friendly host, Katrina -the Events and Marketing Manager of Itzza Pizza, was casually briefing us about what makes Itzza Pizza different from other commercialized brands in the market, one thing sounded so unique, “Our ingredients are not frozen but fresh.” In my cynical mind, I was thinking silently, “Yeah, right, I heard that before, blah blah…Words are cheap..” But I was totally wrong! There was nothing but truth in all that she said. I personally found their pizza crust tasteful even sans toppings. A simple proof that their dough is made special and baked inside wood fired oven. Seafood, chunks of meat, vegetable toppings on pasta and pizza tasted so pure and organic.
Spaghetti Seafood (available in red or white sauce). A school of shrimp, calamari and mussels. ILOVETHIS!
One Meter Long Pizza : We chose Seafood, Lamb Roast and Itzza Classic. Go try it when you’re in UAE!
Refreshing drinks! I sampled their non-alcoholic Mojito and Lemon Mint. Two thumbs up!
(2) BEST WOOD FIRED PIZZA
Itzza Pizza was awarded by Virgin Radio via public voting no less, as the Best Wood Fired Pizza! And I am guessing it was not only based on taste, but probably on variety as well. From their very interesting and fascinating One Meter Long Pizza where diners can combine up to 3 flavors perfect for sharing, to the common round pizza on the menu, the flavors are almost countless! The Norm flavors include Buffalo Margherita, Margherita, Pepperoni, Mushroom, Diavola (tomato sauce, salami, roasted garlic and chili flakes), Capricciosa, Vegetarian, Rocket pizza (with rocket leaves, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, garlic olive oil), Itzza Classic. The New Generation flavors include Mediterranean, Veggie Mediterranean, Chicken Spicy, Chicken Tikka, Chicken Alfredo, Tuna, Anchovy, Seafood, Hawaiian, Cheese Trio, BBQ Chicken and Itzza Spring. And from their menu of Itzaa Signature, the list includes Lamb Roast, Tawook Chicken (Arabica), Four Meat, Spinach Pizza, Italian Sausage, Double Mushroom and Brown Mushroom and Beef Bacon. Whew!!! Choosing from enormous variety was such a happy problem!
(3) VARIETY IN THE MENU
Itzza Pizza has more to offer than pizza and pasta. From starters, one can enjoy Garlic bread, Shrimps and Calamari, Risotto balls, Mozzarella sticks, Potato wedges, Bruschetta, Buffalo Wings and BBQ Wings. We tasted the last two appetizers mentioned and similar to their pizza, there’s distinction in taste – incomparable to the usual chicken wings around.
Surprisingly for a pizza restaurant, Itzza Pizza provides one of the best tasting desserts I ever dunked my fork into! I am referring to the must-try-highly-recommended by yours truly : Lemon Baked Cheese Cake. I repeat. I love Itzza Pizza’s Lemon Baked Cheese Cake. Why? Firstly, the flavor’s so divine and one of a kind. It’s miles-away-from the usual blueberry and/or strawberry cheese cake you always have in you-know-where. This one from Itzza Pizza has no overwhelming flavor; the scent and taste of lemon infused on the cheese cake and as toppings are very subtle, the consistency is just sublime! For only 18 dirhams with a slice that’s good enough to share to a group of 3 or possibly even 5, one couldn’t help but crave for more!
Although in the dessert department, Itzza Pizza only has 3 as of this writing (Lemon Cheese Cake. Apple and Cinnamon Calzone, and Chocolate Calzone -not on photo but think of Nuttella on Calzone!), the quality overpowers quantity.
Three words : Value for money.
Itzza Pizza’s pizza prices range from 39 to 58 AED. One meter long pizza ranges from 159 to 189 AED good enough for a group of 6 or an entire family. Appetizers from 18 to 29 dirhams in large servings too! Desserts at 18 AED and drinks from 4 AED and up.
(5) CREATE YOUR OWN APPETIZER, PASTA, PIZZA
Another unique feature of Itzza Pizza that’s worth mentioning is the power and the opportunity they give to the diners to be creative. From the list of starters on their menu, one can combine half portions of 3 starters for the price of 39 dirhams only. As for pasta, they have Create-Your-Own-Pasta from which diners can choose their preferred pasta, type of sauce, and choices of toppings and they’ll cook it for you. The same goes with their pizza, you can also create your own.
Our friend, Arence’s Create-Your-Own Pasta: Fettucini with seafood toppings mixed with rocket leaves, cooked with pink sauce (fusion of red and white sauces).
Fast, friendly and attentive. Wait staff are well-versed with everything on the menu. Katrina, our host and the Events and Marketing Manager of Itzza Pizza is such a people-person; she represents the restaurant and their food so well!
Casual, non-intimidating, relaxed, inviting, welcoming. Interiors was made simple yet homey and enticing.
(9) ITZZA PIZZA SPECIAL DEALS
- Sundays -Pizza Mania (Feast on all your favorite pizza all-you-want) for only 35 AED.
- Mondays -Pasta Galore (Pasta all you can for 35 AED only).
- Tuesdays – Ladies Night (50% off on total bill).
- Wednesdays -Wild on Wings (Choose from Buffalo or Barbeque flavor and go crazy over unlimited wings for only 29 AED).
- Saturdays – Starter Saturdays (For any order of pasta or pizza, get itzaa triple only for 15 AED instead of 39.
(10) ONE OF BEST DINING PLACES IN UAE TO TAKE YOUR FRIENDS AND/OR FAMILIES TO
Smiles for Itzza Pizza (from left to right) : Jason, Jill, Katrina (Events and Marketing Manager of Itzza Pizza) and Rino.
My friends (left to right) : Jason, Rino, Jill+Arence of arencejean.com (do check out his blog!).
My foodie-team that evening (from left to right) : Jill+Arence of arencejean.com, Katrina of Itzza Pizza (Massive THANKS for the invitation; I immensely enjoyed everything!), yours truly, Jason and Rino.
For more details on Itzza Pizza, visit their website at www.itzza-pizza.com
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