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Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt.
Pizza Master: One of Cairo’s Premier Pizzerias
Pizza is one of those foods that will never go out of style. It’s perfect for a gathering of friends and it’s the ultimate finger food. With branches in Nasr City and Mohandiseen, Pizza Master delivers up a great pizza that’s worth dining in for or ordering for delivery.
There are six varieties of pizza: beef, chicken, seafood, hot &spicy and cheese lovers’. The cheese lovers’ pizza is a mouth-watering triple blend of cheese that has some sort of magical ingredient that the chefs won’t reveal. The plain cheese lovers’ pizza is great on its own, but if you’re looking for some fresh veggies; try the vegetarian cheese lovers’ pizza. It’s topped with green peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms and fresh tomatoes.
The hot and spicy pizzas pack a surprising amount of heat. Many times in Cairo, items are listed as spicy and they’re really not. Don’t underestimate Pizza Master’s heat factor. These pizzas come with fresh hot chilli pepper; seeds and all. The spicy chicken pizza is a great spicy pizza, because the chicken shawerma, olives and fresh tomatoes help minimise the chilli’s effect.
Don’t miss out on Pizza Master’s yummy garlic bread. The appetiser consists of three fat baguette slices with the perfect amount of garlic butter. The garlic bread supreme, a personal favourite from Pizza Master, is topped lovingly with mozzarella cheese.
Pizza Master has a two-for-one pricing system. Essentially, this means ordering one medium pizza is actually ordering two medium pizzas of less or equal value. Ordering one garlic bread platter is actually ordering six pieces, not three. Thus, while Pizza Master is great for couples or groups of friends, it’s not exactly ideal if you want to dine alone.
Prices are reasonable: two medium pizzas generally go for 37LE to 40LE, and that’s about enough for three hungry people to share; the portions are generous.
The Nasr City location is quite comfortable, with a spacious seating area upstairs, air-conditioning and lounge chairs. Pizza Master is never disappointing with delivery. It’s consistently both fast and fresh.
There are a number of words that are rarely conjured up when you think of pizza in Egypt; 'healthy' and 'authentic' are just two. Sure, there are a few novelty pizzerias that manage to keep away from the localised grease-fest we call pizza, but for the most part we, as Egyptians, don’t quite get pizza.
We recently heard about a new delivery-only pizzeria in Dokki called Skinny Pizza; just the name alone was intriguing - does skinny mean we didn’t know healthy pizza or thin pizza?
After finding the menu online, we found out it was actually both. They serve both low fat pizzas, gluten free pizzas and regular thin crust pizzas. We only know of one other venue that serves gluten-free pizza, so we had to get ourselves some to see how they compare.
The low fat and thin crust pizzas come in two sizes, but the gluten free option is only available in the large size. We opted for a Gluten Free Bolognese (55LE) and a Mushroom and Olive (52LE) from the skinny pizzas.
Our food arrived roughly thirty minutes later, which is pretty decent for a takeout pizzeria. We decided to dig into the Bolognese first which featured tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, minced beef and onions. The dough really surprised us, being both decently-cooked and extremely filling. The large pizzas aren’t the biggest you’ve ever seen, but they can feed two if you’re not ravenously hungry. The tomato sauce was delicious, as was the melted cheese with the minced beef.
The Mushroom and Olive pizza, which features tomato sauce, low fat cheese, fresh mushrooms, olives and oregano, was particularly tasty. They also mention the nutritional value per slice, in this case 96 Cal, which is impressively low for such a full-flavoured pizza. The crust was thin enough to be authentic, but still thick enough to not flap. The taste of mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese, olives, and oregano is one of the simplest amalgamations of flavours, yet when executed well, yields glorious results.
Overall, though it won’t necessarily blow your socks off, there's little to complain about with Skinny Pizza; the delivery was swift, the food was much healthier than a standard pizza, yet still as satisfying - if not more so.