Italy has over 310 forms of pasta and even more pizza variations. However, so many of their most popular Italian dishes, from pizza Margherita to spaghetti carbonara, are about just a handful of the humblest of ingredients. The real lesson Italian cuisine taught the world is simple: it’s all about the quality of the ingredients you use and proper techniques. So here are five authentic Italian places in Cairo that shine in those classic Italian mishmashes that we all know and love.
Maison Thomas is, no doubt, everyone’s favourite go-to pizza place after a night out. However, this Italian restaurant is more than just its 24-hour availability. Maison Thomas never fails to offer fantastic value for money and a great atmosphere to go right along with it. Their classic Italian pizza combinations and main dishes have been peerless over the years, and they’re always keen to stay up-to-date. Unpretentious, affordable, and authentic, Maison Thomas has branched out to Sheikh Zayed, Heliopolis, New Cairo, and Al-Rehab City – on top of their renowned 26th of July spot in Zamalek.
Cheese, cheese, and more cheese, that’s what Primo’s does best: perfectly baked cheesy pizzas with high-quality ingredients. Primo’s is an American pizza concept that opened up in New Cairo, Dokki, Maadi, Heliopolis, Nasr City, and Shoubra. With creations like Sea Ranch, Sea Lovers, and Chicken Ranch, Primo’s has comfortably secured its place in the pizza scene.
Standing its ground since 2006, La Trattoria has long been one of the finest dining experiences in Cairo. A unique cosy setting, soft lighting, and mellow tunes make this restaurant the perfect date night choice. Currently headed by Chef Augusto Rosati, their traditional Italian flavours continue to bring authenticity and creativity to their menu selection, providing an unforgettable pocket-friendly experience to their guests.
Flavourful gourmet pizzas, refreshing fruity Sangrias, and amazing vibes – This is all that’s needed for a stellar pizza bar. Olivo was a hit when it first opened in Zamalek, and since then, it’s been a great hangout for any day of the week. Olivo’s irresistible charm and wide selection of pizzas, burgers, and salads make it the perfect laid-back spot we all desperately. Spreading good vibes all around, you’ll also find Olivo in Katameya Heights and Sheikh Zayed.
A scenic view, excellent service, and delicious Italian dishes; need we say more? Pane Vino Restaurant and Terrace is elegantly situated with a panoramic view of the Nile in the Intercontinental Semiramis Hotel, making it the perfect Italian getaway. Needless to say that you can expect a memorable, authentic culinary experience and top-notch service every time you visit.