Sunday, April 21, 2013



The Lowdown – For those who do not know Antonio & Alberto were the founders of Pizza Metro Pizza in Battersea, back in 1993. They were the 1st real Neapolitan people to embark an authentic family run Neapolitan restaurant. They launched the meter long pizzas which browned in a wood burning oven. In 2003 Pizza Metro was acquired by Diego Palladino and Brian Witcomb who has flown down his chefs all the way from Italy to Mumbai now. Coming to the food, the USP of course is the metre long pizza! And I loved the fact that the food is served in traditional style aka pots & pans, which gives a warm and a homely feel. What sets this pizzeria apart is also the of chilli oil as a seasoning, and of course there are other Italian dishes on the menu as well.
Ambience- What caught my fancy was a mural sketch on the wall of a classic Neapolitan food market hand painted by Geoff Gough and I simply loved the auto rickshaw element in it. The walls adorn lively and entertaining posters and the various antiques placed all around add to the rustic charm.

Lip-smacking- ‘Tagliolini Bombay’ which is prepared in a parmesan wheel, flambéed with cognac and the pasta tossed into all of it….absolutely decadent! ‘Scialatielli Pesciosa’ comprising of a rich combination of seafood in a tangy sauce, and the ‘Metro Penne’ is a diving indulgence for meat lovers. To end on a sweet note, Chef Diego surprises with the dessert of the day!
Don't even go there –If you think parking is a hassle and if you have a small appetite and want to especially go for the metre long pizza.

‘Man’ Speak All meats and no chicken make for an authentic Italian pizza & Chef Diego makes no exceptions to the rule. That said there are other items on the menu with chicken in order to suit the Indian palate. Needless to add on offer is a great selection of premium wines & spirits which marry the food very well.
How to get there – Jharna Apartments, Dr B R Ambedkar Road, Bandra West, Mumbai-400050. Next to Barbeque Nation, the nearest station is Khar.
Tel-022 6599 3333/022 6599 3334
Timings- 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm to 11.30 pm (closed on Mondays).
Cost – A meal for two would cost around 1,500 INR without Alcohol.

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