Pizza Mia: Zamalek’s Authentic Pizzeria Gets a Makeover
2 Taha Hussein Street
10AM to 12AM
Tanya El Kashef
The location is the same, on the corner of Taha Hussien and Ismail Mohamed, and so is the menu. But what has completely changed is the interior.
The biggest change comes in the actual seating areas. Originally, Pizza Mia was made up of a counter that faced the door, with seating limited to some counter space spread along the remaining walls. Now, the counter that serves pizza slices and takes orders is found to the left of the restaurant as you walk in, with a counter and stools facing it on the right. Extending further into the back, tables that accommodate up to five people take up most of the main area, while a couple of hidden ones are found behind a corner, deeper inside the space.
Wanting to try something different than their standards pizzas, we opted for a caprese salad (22LE) and a three-coloured pasta salad (22LE) to start, and the Calzone Fantasia (36LE) as the main dish.
The calzone fared better, though a couple of extra minutes in the over would have gone a long way. Oozing with cheese, black olives and sausage pieces, it was tasty but a dash of hot sauce would have complemented it wonderfully – they sadly had none.
We are also eagerly waiting for them to provide extra pizza toppings such as oregano, grated parmesan cheese and hot sauce – they should also have fresh ground pepper available.
Pizza Mia still gets our praises in terms of pizza, but what was hailed as a great new expansion has left us a little underwhelmed. In saying that, however, it’s still the best place for pizza in Cairo.