It’s safe to say that pizza needs no introductions. This beloved dish is one of the most well-known anywhere in the world. The popularity of pizza has never waned to this day but instead is getting stronger every year. Aside from convenience, our profound love of pizza goes back to culinary chemistry. The reason pizza is so popular is because humans are drawn to foods that are fatty, sweet, rich, and complex. Pizza has all of these components; cheese is fatty, meat toppings tend to be rich, and the sauce is sweet. In recent years, we have seen an evident shift in the pizza scene in Egypt – what used to be the land of American-style pan pizza has now become the culinary playground of Neapolitan pizza.
Neapolitan pizza is a type of pizza that originated in Naples, Italy. It’s prepared with simple and fresh ingredients: a basic dough, raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil. It has a thin crust at the base, with dough puffing up around the sides and providing a very airy crust. We can easily recognise those pizzas by the char of the crispy crust as they are cooked at very high temperatures for no more than 90 seconds, making it a great grab-and-go solution. Now, you can find pizzerias all over the capital, offering Neapolitan-style pizza with a variety of toppings and sides – and we just can’t get enough. So here are a few places where you can try it out for yourselves:
What The Crust
Considered one of the top 10 Neapolitan pizzas in Africa by the pizza police themselves (AVPN), What The Crust has created quite the name for itself. They are masters in authenticity; everything that goes into making a pizza is exactly as it would be in Naples, and they have the certifications to prove it. So get your hands on their delicious pizzas in Maadi and Westown hub in Sheikh Zayed.
Located in Galleria40, Downtown Mall, and Polaris mall – 900 Degrees has also proved itself one of the pioneers of Neapolitan-style pizza. Mastering the art of the charred crusts and creative toppings, 900 Degrees is a must-try in the pizza restaurant scene.
Opening its first branch on a cosy street-side corner in Zayed Promenade, Jimmy’s has been happily catering to Sheikh Zayed residents for a couple of years. Their menu is vast, with various sides and sandwiches and a few American-style pizza options. They proudly serve their Neapolitan-style pizza with 100% imported ingredients and have just touched down in Mivida, New Cairo.