I love a good pizza but there is one problem; nobody makes a good pizza in this city. Pizzas in Dubai fail on three counts; the crust is too thick, the toppings even thicker and you feel stuffed afterwards.
The last time I had a good pizza was in Florence, at a small family run eatery, and that was 10 years ago. I know Italian cuisine and I will not settle for versions made for the Indian or Arab palate. Besides, what business does this lady have barging into my office?
I am vegetarian I tell her, placing what I think is an insurmountable hurdle for her. She handles my objection with ease. The pizza she has brought me for is vegetarian. My cardiologist is against pizzas, I persist, says I can’t have greasy food. Hurdle number two should do the trick.
Wonderful, she says, and opens the pizza box. “Our food is authentic Italian, we do it different, it’s not greasy at all”, she says. Thin crust, a very light topping, must have come out of the oven a few minutes ago… it looks very tempting and much like the pizza I had in Florence 10 years ago.
She is from the new Italian restaurant in our office block. They open in a few days and she is sampling the building. She is remarkably cheerful, in a way that is infectious. I give in and have a slice, then another one, and then two more… I have not had such a good pizza in a very long time.
Next day I drop in for lunch. Beautiful decor, wonderful service, but what about the food? An hour and a lunch later, I can tell you it is the real deal in Italian food. Dubai finally has a good casual dining Italian restaurant. The name is Pompeii, at 1 Lake Plaza, Jumeirah Lake Towers.