That I’m in Italy just now and writing about Mumbai’s Neapolitan pizzeria is a sheer coincidence. That it follows a series of meaningful coincidences, is serendipity. Here’s what happened: for the past six months (ie ever since Di Napoli opened in Nariman Point) we’d been hearing this buzz about it being pronounced the “best” pizza in India (or some such thing) by the Wall street journal. So we checked it out, enjoyed it. One question arose: do the Italians agree it’s the best in India? And after our meal, just when we were leaving, I saw an Italian couple starting their meal. I requested them to email me their reactions. Also to let me photograph them. Read on, to find out what Lorenzo Santulli had to say.
You’ll either hate this slushy, foldable (almost like a naan) Naples style pizza or love it. The Italian diner, Lorenzo emailed to say that it was the best he’d eaten in India, (he’s been here since a year).
My friends Lopa Chinai and Nauka Mehta love it and eat here twice a week. We are not die-hard fans of this pizza style but enjoyed the pepperoni pizza, its soft base and blistered edges et al.
Banker turned baker, owner Jai Thakur’s passion shines through, be it the imported Italian ingredients from “00” flour , San Marzano tomatoes to the artisan 3-tonne hand-made oven .He also offers a choice of pizzas without tomato sauce and some without cheese. Crunchy tasty starter of french fries with parmesan and a bbq mayo dip, the smoked chicken bruschetta were worth trying.But it was the prawn pasta (though a tad oversauced, but cooked al dente) that came out tops. The fungi risotto had a perfect bite to it. Dense must-try Chocolate mousse and an oversweet but madly addictive Nutella pizza
Red and white plastic chairs, red tiled open kitchen (with the pizza oven taking pride of place) and a wine bar complete the décor of this small and noisy pizzeria.
Too noisy and too dimly lit (the Tv screen jars). Our “no cheese” truffle pizza was flavorless, though the other “no cheese” salmon pizza was much better. Lorenzo’s cheese platter “ was good, but the Gorgonzola cheese was missing and the buffalo mozzarella “not very good.” In the
- meat platter appetizer Parma prosciutto and mortadella were missing.
If the Naples style of soft, foldable pizza is your preference then you’ve hit the jackpot (Average meal for two Rs 1200). Open through the day, this small, new pizzeria, serves wine but no beer ( Italians pair only beer with pizza), unevenness in some dishes, yet Di Napoli is a much awaited entrant to Mumbai’s pizzeria-scape. Its been packed since it opened. Welcome! Ben Vanuto!
G2, Dalamal Towers, Free Press Journal Marg, Nariman Point,
Open 11am to 11pm
Fridays and Saturdays till midnight
RATING FOOD 3.5 SERVICE 3.5 DÉCOR 3
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