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We're planning to add a lot more Indian pizzas to the menu next week," said a smiling manager at Nariman Point's newest pizza place, Di Napoli. Apparently, most of the week-old restaurant's visitors were not happy with Butter Chicken and Paneer Pesto as the only Indian options.
This information was a put-off because Mumbai has plenty of food chains that serve India-inspired pizzas. But what South Mumbai's commercial district lacks is an alternative to Spaghetti Kitchen at CR2 mall which offers authentic pizzas that impress with their flavours rather than the quantity of toppings.
Regardless, Di Napoli has put together various trendy elements — unfinished walls, red tiles in the open kitchen and a display of photos from Italy such as that of a cycle, a signboard, a red scooter. Yet, the setting lacks warmth and personal touch. The menu has various sections offering starters, mini-bites and pastas. Salads are an option for those who prefer a light lunch, but the Crispy Gnocchi Salad turned out to be a disappointment. Even at Rs 230 for a portion, the salad greens weren't fresh and the fried gnocchi looked a few hours too old.
The pizza section was tempting, although over-priced — the pizzas are priced between Rs 400 and Rs 700. The size of the pies, 12 inches, sounded formidable on paper. But the server explained that customers have the option of ordering two varieties as one pizza. The Di Napoli Margherita with fresh mozzarella and basil and Quattro Formaggio — four cheese pizza — sounded promising. But for those looking to cut back on the cheese, the Marinara, with fresh garlic and oregano, is quite flavourful. In the meat options, Diabola, with a choice of imported ham, is highly recommended. The basil, crisp from its stint in the oven, gives flavour and colour to the ham and soft cheese. The pizza crust was beautiful with its salty, understated flavour and slightly charred ends.
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