The Best Pizza iN Nairobi
Pizza you knead-to-know iN NAIROBI #iNDULGE
By Lydia Mwanny
Who doesn’t love a slice of Pizza…or all the slices of Pizza. Whether accompanied by a glass of wine (for me), cocktail (also, me), beer (even, me), or just having it with something refreshing; it’s indeed a treat in this sunny – mostly – summery city. So, when that craving hits, here are some options that can’t be topped (wink wink) iN Nairobi.
TWO GRAPES, Wine and Friends
The Two Grapes, a delightful wine bar and bistro in Kilimani, recently dropped their wood fired brick oven pizza onto our palettes and we’re Oh So A-DOUGHING this addition to the menu. Serving up a sort of hybrid Neapolitan/Roman style crust, the pizzaiolo applies a 24 hour cold fermentation on their doughs, injecting some seriously welcome sourdough flavour. The small but classic pizza menu delivers on all fronts, but, we have to recommend the Grecian, a killer combo of feta, olives, sun dried tomatoes and fresh spinach.
The restaurant extends onto an outdoor tiled terracotta patio, adorned by a beautiful canopy of greenery and a smattering of twinkling fairy lights. Boasting an exciting international – although predominantly French – wine list, and a sweet selection of cocktails, Two Grapes is just too good to ignore.
Firstly we begin with Solo Grano, relatively new to the Capital, but already oozing gloriously, this cute pizzeria is located in Gigiri – making up a good chunk of the Craft Center food court. Known for its relaxed atmosphere and, well, Pizza, Solo Grano creates a cozy ambiance perfect for families and groups, and flanked by the tiki bar, a cold brew is never out of reach. The menu features a range of both classic and more adventurous pizza options, with fresh ingredients, and thoughtful flavor combinations. A must to try, we recommend the Salsiccia e Spinaci, and Rucola Gorgonzola.
Pomodoro, conveniently located at The Village Market food court in Gigiri is one of the city’s longest standing pizza restaurants that offers a very tasty, very genuinely Roman, pizza experience. Perhaps the most unique trait of this Nairobi favourite is that it serves a huge variety of Pizza al Taglio,” which translated means “by the cut,” in addition to classic round pizza pies.
The menu features an extensive selection of delicious pizzas, focaccia, bruschetta and other bread forward delights, focusing on high-quality ingredients and innovative toppings. It’s great for takeaway or just on-the-go slices. Tried and tested for over 20 years, Pomodoro couldn’t not make the cut. Go for the Indiana, and go back for more.
Mambo Italia first opened its doors nearly 10 years ago at the Lavington Curve, and now with locations in Westlands and Garden City (Thika Road), it’s cemented its mark on the Capital.
A contemporary Italian restaurant that offers a relaxed casual dining experience, Mambo Italia’s menu features a cool smattering of authentic Italian cuisine, with a range of deliciously modern pizzas, all made with the freshest ingredients and cooked to perfection in a wood-fired brick oven. With its warm and inviting decor, the restaurant creates a cozy and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for groups, families or even an intimate night out. Go for the Spirito di Milano, a combination of Fillet Steak, Gorgonzola, Tomato Salsa and Caramelised Onions.
This stylish pizzeria is located at the ABC complex in Lavington, and has long offered a unique dining experience that is both elegant and relaxed. The menu features an extensive selection of yummy pizzas in a style that pays homage to old world Vera Pizza Napolitano traditions, but is a contemporary take on the style. With offers of gluten-free options as well as build-your-own pizza. Its warm, modern, and inviting ambiance makes 360° Degree Pizza perfect for a family night or with a group of friends. The Salciccia & Burrata with Mozzarella, Cipollini Onions, Fennel Pork Sausage and Dill is nothing short of fabulous.
This popular Italian eatery in Karen boasts an extensive a la carte menu featuring a smattering of classic Italian, Continental and Mediterranean inspired dishes, but what keeps us going back is the Pizza. A deliciously designed pizza, the crust is thin and crispy on the base with a slight rise in the crust and a generous smattering of toppings. Set in a sprawling garden, Matteos is perfect for long lazy family filled weekenders… and a mid-week takeaway!
A favourite with the Loresho and Kyuna locals, Gogol Pizzeria – named for the enigmatic 19th century Russian Empire author Nicolai Gogol – is known for utilising old Italian recipes and classic Italian techniques in its meals. Paying meticulous attention to each dish, they use a variety of fresh local ingredients with the highest quality. The restaurant is designed with particular flair and one can’t help but get lost in the ambiance which transports you straight into a picturesque 1950’s Italian pizzeria in the heart of Roma! Good to note though, they don’t serve any alcohol. Go for the incredibly indulgent Calzones.
Mediterraneo: This upscale Italian restaurant is known for its exceptional cuisine, including its delicious pizzas. The restaurant features a chic and elegant atmosphere, with comfortable seating, dim lighting, and a menu that is simple and to the point. The pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven and feature quality ingredients, making for a truly authentic experience. An oldie but a goodie, go for the classics.
Jenga Jungle in Westlands: This trendy pizza place is a great option for those looking for a lively atmosphere with a touch of urban edge. Boasting one of the best views in Westlands, the restaurant has a cozy and friendly design. It has an open kitchen and a lively bar area, making it a great spot for a night out. They serve a range of creative pizzas with unique toppings, and going the thin crust route, the crusts are crispy and delicious. A solid cocktail list doesn’t hurt either.
In Nairobi’s Valley Arcade neighborhood lies the Italian eatery and pizza La Salumeria. With a focus on using fresh ingredients and traditional culinary techniques, the restaurant provides a genuine Italian dining experience. They offer a variety of Italian classics on their menu, including wood-fired pizzas, fresh pasta, and a selection of antipasti. With options for indoor and outdoor sitting, the restaurant boasts a warm and inviting ambiance. La Salumeria is a terrific place for a fun date night or a casual supper with friends.
By Lydia Mwanny
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