Can this unique pizza stand up to its toppings?

Pizza: whether it’s deep-pan or thin crust, stuffed or loaded, it’s definitely amore, and that’s been the case since the late 18th century, when the pie was invented in Naples.

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Famously loved by both Jennifer Lawrence and subterranean crime-fighting reptiles, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it’s fair to say that there’s something about that magical combination of cheese, dough and tomato that has the world under its spell, and we’ve never seen a reason to improve on that.

But how many times have you opened your take-away box only to be greeted with soggy slices after a piping-hot pie has sweated into its cardboard container?

Too many, we bet – and on that note, let me introduce you to Pinza.

Fresh from Dubai and recently arrived in the capital, the flatbread-pizza hybrid here is made from four kinds of flour, including sourdough and rice, for a crunchy, chewy crust that beats that post-pizza bloat – and soggy bottom.

With a tagline of ‘let’s get crunchy’, I’m ready for a bite.

After perusing the impressive 20 varieties on offer, including multiple vegan and vegetarian options, we go for the Pinzafied Margherita – the eatery’s most popular item – and a half-and-half of the Amalfi and tandoori chicken.

With creamy burrata and fresh basil, the Pinzafied Margherita is a firm hit: fresh,
delicious and light.

The Amalfi – a healthy blend of courgette, feta, olives and cherry tomatoes – is full of inviting colours, while the tandoori chicken Pinza is subtly spiced and flecked with coriander and mild chilli.

And the crust? Mission accomplished: there are no drooping bits here and each slice retains its trademark crunch until the end.

If you’re not quite full after that, the restaurant offers a spin on its base for dessert with a warm, melty Nutella creation topped with banana slices: pure indulgence.

With great flavours, endless customisations and smiling and helpful staff, we’re convinced that Pinza may have just reinvented the pizza in a good way – and we’ll be back for more.

Need to know
Location: Pinza, Umm Al Emarat Park, Al Mushrif
We say: Finally – a pizza that stands up to its toppings
Cost: AED 120 for two, plus AED 5 to enter the park
Opening times: Sat–Wed 11am–midnight, Thu–Fri 11am–2am
Contact: 02 304 8211, pinza.com

WORDS Camille Hogg
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