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PIZZETTA
Where gluttony is no sin

By Matthew Donohue, June (2010) edition of bazaar
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As we speak you are probably sitting at home or in some small café reading this and thinking “what am I going to eat?” Well let me turn a light on and ring your bell, setting off your Pavlovian Conditioning. Buckle up and get ready to be hypnotized: at the count of three, 1, 2, 3: You now begin to salivate, your stomach grumbles, and a small bead of sweat runs down your brow, now put the salt and pepper shakers down and keep reading.

 

Across the road from Sief Palace is a little restaurant named Pizzetta. A frosty grey façade with a logo that is as smooth as the road you drove in on. With a name like Pizzetta you automatically think pizza, duh. But get ready for a slight change and an eye opening experience. I walked in and was greeted with smiling faces and there I sat, my table was ready. The inside utters simplicity with a tint of chic, a spice of rustic, and a dash of old school. Clean and comfortable, I felt like I needed to take my shoes off not to offend because I was in an upper class Japanese restaurant, but where are the chop-sticks? because I was a bit fooled. When I got the menu I perused over some of the courses and wouldn’t you know that a lot of these are my favorite dishes (with a flair). All oven cooked and even the pizzas are prepared on a grill (interestingly original). I saw dishes like:

 

Oven baked Tortellini stuffed with Spinach and cheese topped with a mushroom cream sauce (YES!).

 

Penne Arabiatta (my favorite), Stuffed Veal Ravioli (ummm? Yah, I’ll have that), Philly cheese steak pizza (HUH? I almost feel at home), Pappardelle with edamame and wasabi cream (my interests are piqued), and who could go wrong with the classical margherita or Pepperoni Pepperoni Pepperoni pizza? Who could go wrong? Ummm? Not me!

 

As soft, funky music played in the air, the smell of food from the kitchen grasped me like a bully on the playground. Antsy? Yes. I was hungry, but that feeling was soon to subside with pizza, penne, bruschetta, and a cornucopia of other dishes all sizzling hot form the oven. No one will ever complain about their food being cold. Quick service right to my table. Just what I like. But don’t worry, you won’t be rushed! Be cool, talk with friends and enjoy the flair of the fanatical but simple dishes in front of you. I kept thinking should I have ordered the Paparedelle with Edemame and wasabi cream? Have I made a mistake? Not really because I enjoyed every dish. Grandma will be pleased, the kids will be excited, and you will be enamored. I’m going back for seconds!

 

Readers note: Almost forgot and didn’t want to disappoint, after your meal ask for desert. You will be pleasantly surprised.

 

 

Embrace the glutton inside you at Pizzetta, on the Gulf Road “Strip” across from Seif Palace. Pizzetta is open from 1pm – 6pm and will soon extend to 11pm. Another Pizzetta is opening soon in Abu Halifa.

Interior design by Hamad Al Sultan and Ahmed Al Bader (chef).

Pizzetta is owned by Epicure a division of Sultan Center.
 
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