Dubai’s Best Pizzas And Where To Find Them
For some, pizza is a treat. For others, it’s a way of life. In Dubai, whatever your relationship with the Italian staple, there are plenty of restaurants giving you good reason not to dial one in, and instead head out. Whether you’re in favour of New York-style or straight-out-of-Naples authenticity, these are five of the best places to go out for pizza in Dubai – and most diverse. Who knew Tokyo did their own expert take?
For pizza with sea views…
Don Filippo at Il Faro Trattoria & Lounge
Set against the sea on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, Il Faro (‘the lighthouse’ in Italian) is a great laid-back pick for a weekend pizza with a glass of spritz. Best suited to winter days, when you can sit outside in your slides, there are few better places for watching jet-skiers whizz past as you while away an afternoon. Prices are just as accessible as the setting, and the pizza’s crisp-crusted. Keep it fresh with the Don Filippo, topped with mozzarella, burrata, datterino tomatoes, a handful of peppery rocket and sprinkling of Parmesan. Almost as good as a trip to Amalfi.
Also order… The sourdough bruschetta duo, one of which comes topped with ricotta cheese and anchovies. A bowl of lightly coated calamari fritti is another solid call.
Azure Residences, Palm Jumeirah, ilfaroitalian.com.
For New York swagger…
Hell’s Kitchen at Pitfire Pizza
This tiny JLT restaurant feels every bit as NYC as the slices it serves up. Jostle for space inside and you’ll find yourself so close to the kitchen you could pass the chef the Parmesan. And it all just adds to the experience. So what could be a more New York (or fantastically kitsch) order than the fittingly named Hell’s Kitchen? Great discs of pepperoni, sliced mushrooms, briney black olives, tangy jalapeños and fiery chilli flakes. Hot. And just right.
Also order… A side of buttery garlic knots. Yes, it’s time to go all in and embrace the bread-with-bread blow-out.
Cluster D, JLT, pitfiredubai.ae.
For Tokyo-style pizza…
Margherita at Akiba Dori
Japanese pizza? It’s a thing. More specifically, Tokyopolitan, as this D3 eatery calls it. While you’ll find more traditional Japanese dishes on the menu, Akiba Dori comes into its own with pizzas, fired in an oven that reaches temperatures of up to 500°C. Using imported Japanese flour, for crusts so light they almost float, options range from the classic marinara to a lavish five formaggi. Keep it real and kick off your introduction by ordering the margherita, with San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, fresh basil and a drizzle of olive oil. Itadakimasu.
Also order… Juxtapose the life out of your meal with a plate of tuna tataki and a side of Akiba fries – loaded with truffle cheese, minced wagyu beef and special sauce. Far out.
Building 8, Dubai Design District, akibadori.com.
For authentic Neopolitan…
Napoletana at L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele
Though immortalised in Eat Pray Love in 2010, the original L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele in Naples dates back more than 150 years. In summer 2019, the Italian eatery launched a branch in – of all places – Dubai’s City Walk, where it serves up far more varieties than the Naples original’s two, in addition to plates of pasta and salads. Minimally, rustically scattered with toppings, and with a distinctly natural shape (not a perfect circle in sight), light, fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella give each wood-fired pizza a deliciously sloppy centre. Go for the Napoletana, delicately scattered with Cetara anchovies, taggiasca oilives, capers and a sprinkling of oregano. A real taste of Italy’s southern coast.
Also order… Another pizza. Sure, there are other dishes on the menu, but it’s hard to top the pies.
City Walk, Al Safa, micheleintheworld.com.
For a fancy truffle fix…
Pizza al tartufo at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
One of Dubai’s very best Italian restaurants, Il Borro has its roots in the Tuscan estate of the same name, from which it also uses produce in many of its dishes. Chic, creamy interiors belie the simple, rustic charm of the dishes on the menu – albeit many of them elevated. And it’s a location suited to every possible occasion, from entertaining clients over lunch to a romantic dinner for two. Popular dishes include the bistecca alla Fiorentina and (natch) rich, creamy burrata, but on any given evening you’ll find the air thick with the scent of truffle, emanating from a seemingly endless procession of pizza al tartufo that make their way to tables throughout the dining room. They don’t skimp on the shavings – don’t expect to be able to stop at one slice.
Also order… Sharing a few starters? Zucchini flowers stuffed with a creamy ricotta blend. Trust us.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim.