[blockquote source=””]….” Ate salad for dinner! Mostly croutons and tomatoes. Really just one big, round crouton covered with tomato and cheese”…..[/blockquote]
Last monday, I was invited to visit Itzza Pizza in Jumeirah to try their special 100% wood fired pizzas. I was so excited for this day to approach because my blogger friends who tried it were raving about their experiences. They said that the ambiance was good and the pizza is one of the best that they ever tried.—so yeah, I’ve been looking forward to my visit.
I was asked to bring 2 of my friends to come along so I decided to tag my friends Marc and Zheena. We were joined by one of my blogger friends Myla of www.findmeabreak.com with her boyfriend Ricky (this is going to be fun!)
I passed by Itzza Pizza several times whenever we go to the Hamptons and I always get intrigued with the interiors of the place. I am in love with anyting brick walled. Whether an old warehouse, a slightly demolished wall or a newly built one, I love how brick walls create a feel of manliness mix with old chic (hahaha –I don’t know what I am saying now, but I hope you got it, for those who didn’t, just forget about it). As a designer myself, I love mixing wood, terracota, earthy colors and a splash of an accent shade. This is what you will get inside this pizzeria. A homey interior that will transport you to an Italian restaurant in downtown New York.
We sat down, catched up a bit and then followed by Katrina (the PR Manager of the restaurant) telling us everything about the the place and what they are offering their guests. What Itzza Pizza is very proud of are their fresh ingredients and their non-fastfood style of creating the perfect pizza. Yes, they are all wood fired!
During my trip in Italy, pizzas became my everyday go to meal. Pizza here and pizza there. You will never ran out of pizzerias along the streets of Italy. Although we have a lot of pizza places here in Dubai, one thing that I missed the most is the smokey, earthy bite that you can only get from an authentic pizzeria in Italy.
Before we started ordering our munchies, we were offered some welcome drinks on which I ordered a ‘Daddy Cooler’ which is a mix of freshly squeeze orange, pineapple, lemon and cranberry.
We browsed through their menu and we were asked to select a starter, 3 pastas and a selection of 3 flavors for our 1 meter long pizza (more about this later).
We took a lot of Katrina’s recommendations and I added a Caprese Salad because who doesn’t like a buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes? (the answer is, a lot hahaha…but I am not one of them LOL).
For starters, we took two Itzza Tripple, which is half portions of 3 starters. So all in all we selected 6 starters. We ordered: buffalo wings, bbq wings, shrimp and calamari, risotto balls, potato wedges and a bruschetta.
Among the selection, my favorite was the bbq wings. I think most Filipinos will like this because we love anything sweet and this is the sweetest and juiciest chicken wings you will ever get. My Scottish friend Ricky preferred the buffalo wings which is a bit salty and sour (yes, it proved my point about how we Filipinos will prefer the sweet side).
Next item that I got to try was the Caprese Salad. It is a mix of organic buffalo mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, black olives, fresh basil drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Although you have cherry tomatoes and small balls of buffalo mozzarella (normally they use the big ball and slices of tomatoes), there is nothing very tiny about this version of one of my favorite salads. It is very refreshing and will clean your palate which will prepare you for the main dish.
Aside from the color, I love how simple this dish is. Looks so classy and yes, very Italian.
After the starters and salad, we jumped next to the pasta. We ordered their ‘famous’ Wood Fired Oven Baked Lasagna, I said that is it famous because apparently all of the four people that I was dining with knew about this —I was the only one living under a rock. The other pastas we ordered was the spaghetti Seafood and the Penne Chicken Alfredo.
The lasagna surely didn’t disappoint. Creamy and (as our English friend quoted) very indulgent! Writing this part in my blog, I started craving for a lasagna…hmmmmmmmmmmm…..to diet or not to diet, that is the question!!!
Alas, the king of the house arrived. The #ItzzaVeryLongPizza indeed. I think the waiter was having a hard time carrying it from the oven to our table. Good thing we sat very close to the counter. For our one meter long pizza we had a mix the of classics (norm) and the new generation:
Buffalo Margherita (yey),
tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella topped with basil leaves
tomato sauce, mozzarella, salami, roasted garlic, chili flakes
bbq sauce base, mozzarella, chicken breast, mushroom, caramelized onions, capsicum topped with diced tomatoes
Before we took a bite, we grabbed hold of our cameras and took a selfie. They have a running promotion right now which will give you a chance to win a trip to Italy, and Iphone 6 and an Ipad mini! Hooothooot. All of us joined, even the bloggers who went before us. Exciting! So if you want to help me win click on this link to like my instagram photo ^^ #ItzzaSelfie.
You can also join. Check out the details at the end of this blog.
Once we finished our selfies, we started attacking this humongous smokey goodness. Our non-blogger friends felt tortured waiting for us to finish taking photos and it was very obvious by the way they grabbed on a slice of pizza.
As expected, the strong flavor of being wood fired to perfection was very evident. We chose our pizza flavors in a manner that we can try the very basic pizza which is the buffalo margherita to the most adventurous one which is the bbq chicken. In between is the Diavola and because I love spicy, this became my favorite.
Each pizza is very rich in flavor, even the simplest of all will make you appreciate each bite. With the generous amount of fresh ingredients, this is surely a value for money. Best of all, it is perfect for sharing! Whether with family, friends and colleagues!
After devouring a meter long pizza (we didn’t finish it…whew..that was LOOOONG)…Katrina told us that we should have saved up for their desserts. Well, if you have been reading my food blogs, you’ll already know that I always have room for desserts!
She offered us two desserts which she said are both Itzza Pizza favorites. First is the Lemon Baked Cheese Cake and the other one is the Chocolate Calzone (with banana).
The Lemon Baked Cheese Cake is a delight. It is very creamy and refreshing (because of the zesty lemon bite). My favorite though was the Chocolate Calzone, as I borrow this again from our Scottish friend, it is ” INDULGENT”. Imagine a freshly baked calzone oozing with warm chocolate (I guess it is Nutella–not sure though). Whew…..Can I get another slice of this? Please please please???
I love our experience here. We tasted, although we dine here for free, looking at their prices, these are all very affordable. I can imagine bringing my friends here to hang out. If only this is near my house, it can be our alternative Central Perk (cross reference—> FRIENDS).
We had a good laugh and at the same time the staff were very accommodating. If you found yourself craving for another pizza, I recommend this to you.
Check out their promotions below:
Selfie Your Way To Italy
It is very easy to join. Check out the details below and you might find yourself hopping on a plane on your way to Rome. Pizza+Shoot+Post. As simple as that.
Visit Itzza Pizza in These Locations and Contact Nos. for Delivery:
Sheikh Zayed Road tel: 04 388 9422 | Downtown tel: 04 422 7797 | Jumeirah tel: 04 394 4212 | Mirdif tel: 04 288 8192 | JLT tel: 04 454 2805
Airport Road tel: 02 641 8182