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On a cheesy goodness spree

By Faith Kyoumukama
Thursday, July 22nd, 2021 00:00 | 2 mins read
The cheesy chicken pizza. Photo/FAITH KYOUMUKAMA

The week was all about enjoying the tastiest, cheesiest pizza offered in over 100 restaurants in Nairobi, as they marked this year’s Pizza Week, and our writer, FAITH KYOUMUKAMA was out to hand-pick spots that served the best varieties of the Italian dish around.

Faith Kyoumukama @martkinel

The past few days, I have been on a wheat wagon... I know I told you about going wheat-free, but I can explain, it was Pizza Week, and while wine is the solution for others, pizza does it for me. 

See what I did there, anyway I hope like me, you explored the MasterCard Pizza Week, which was running from July 2, to July 11, where over 100 restaurants in Nairobi and Mombasa participated.

This was an opportunity for me to explore new restaurants, and one thing I discovered is that there are so many unexplored new spots in Nairobi, that are yet to be uncovered. 

One thing that is for sure is that industry players are taking the ambience assignment seriously, and are not shying away from interior decor.  

Buy one for two

Ballpoint Restaurant located in the new wing of the Village Market is a social club, where people get to eat, dine and play games, and I was sold out right from the doorstep by the playful hip ambience! 

The pizza offered here was a BOGOF (Buy 1 and get 1 free). I had the chicken and the vegetarian pizza, and what stood out for me is the generous cheese toppings and the thin crust on their pizzas.

The dough used had a slight sweetness to it, which was surprisingly tasty given the salty toppings. I love my meat, but the vegetarian pizza was everything. 

In the heart of Westlands on the 24th floor of Le Mac building, Level 24 eatery sits pretty. Apart from pizza they also serve views of Nairobi city. The offer here was a 25 per cent discount on pizzas.

I had two options, the paneer tikka and the Mediterranean flatbread pizza. Sounds unique right?

I liked that about this restaurant and the fact that it had different varieties.

The paneer tikka, had mozzarella, marinated paneer cubes, mixed peppers and onions.

The Mediterranean flatbread toppings were sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese olives onion and garlic.

I’m torn between the two, but if I was to pick one, paneer tikka stood out for me. It’s almost like having shawarma, only with the cheese it tastes better. 

Crisp thin base

Sugo at the Sarit Centre was yet another restaurant I wanted to try it out, especially because it’s an Italian restaurant, and you know how Italian pizzas take the award for the best pizzas in the world.

The offer was also BOGOF, and this time accompanied by a foodie friend, we chose two options; the Pizza capriccioso, which has tomato mozzarella cheese black gloves and mushrooms, tomato mozzarella, and the Funghi pizza, which has tomato mozzarella and mushroom.  

Both pizzas had a crisp thin base, generous tomato sauce, and oozing mozzarella.

My foodie take home is always going for a thin crust; you get to enjoy the toppings and pizza more as compared to one that is thick. 

The pizza at Sugo comes out bubbling hot from the oven, definitely a place I would like to visit again just to, enjoy the taste of Italy.

I was there for pizza, but I would have loved to explore the sweet savour desserts too. The pizza prices are also affordable ranging between Sh1,000 and Sh1,400.  

Faith Kyoumukama

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