You are in Bandra on a Saturday night. You decide to dine at Pizza Metro Pizza. As you enter, all that you hear is loud chattering, loud laughter and loud music. And then you are greeted by this sauntering Italian staff who gives you a broad smile, almost sings out to you something in Italian and shows you to your table. All right, we are amused!
We look around – hmm…looks like they have tried to give it the informal, careless look. Carefully careless. Quirky posters on the wall, pans and ladles touching the ceiling, the massive pizza oven right in the middle for everyone to see, the chefs jigging with the pizza dough, the warm smell of the wood-fried pizzas, the staff humming the music — and you know they have successfully recreated the happy-go-lucky trattorias of Italy right here in Mumbai’s heart, Bandra!
We ordered a Prosciutto e Funghi, which was a ‘Pizze’ with mozzarella, mushrooms, ham, tomato and basil. Simple. And a Gnocchi in Pesto Sauce. My favourite. Over a Margarita, White Wine and Coke. The Margarita was a little low on the sugar syrup and/or orange juice. Didn’t bother to point that out to the staff. Have had better Gnocchi elsewhere – they were a little hard. Felt like the ones we had picked up from a store in Rome – the ready-to-cook ones, which never taste as good as the freshly made ones. The pizza though bowled us over. Thin crust, with just those basic ingredients and it tasted like the pizzas we had at Napoli!! Mind-blowing. Absolutely.
Pizza cleaned off our plates, we were ready for desserts. Asked for the menu. And got one of our biggest surprise in recent times – they get you a plate full of all the desserts for the day; you simply need to choose what you want!!!! Look here. Ain’t that absolutely crazy? Desserts lovers like us were floating in cloud Nine!!!
We requested for the Strawberry Mouse, as the strawberries looked like they had come straight from the garden. One bite and the 3 of us dug into it like savages – what a soft and exquisite taste!!
I will go back to Pizza Metro Pizza for its pizzas and fresh-fruit mouse. A tad too expensive, the total meal cost us about INR 4100. 900 rupees a pizza is a little too high we think for a place that is quite like any other dining in that area. They give a discount of 15% to Citibank Card holders though.