There’s few foods that come close to Pizza, but you already knew this. And we’re not talking fast, mass produced, factory manufactured pizzas; we’re talking the real thing. Thin crusts, thought-out toppings, wood fired ovens and finely kneaded dough. We asked around, ate around, and came up with our top 20 picks.

Pizza fungi misti at Sevilla at Claridges

Lightly painted with truffle oil, this vegetarian delight stars fresh tomato, buffalo mozzarella and two types of mushrooms – button and porcini {ergo the name}. Baked to perfection in their wood-fire ovens, this one has easily won over our hearts.

Where: The Claridges, 12, Near Lodhi Road, Aurangzeb Road

Contact: 011 39555082/ +91 9971718208

Price: INR 1195

“La Piazza” at La Piazza

As is evident from the name, this is one of their signature pizzas. A lovely blend of flavors and some of the finest quality ingredients, it’s got roasted garlic, pesto sauce and sundried tomatoes topped with goat cheese. Sign us right up.

Where: Hyatt Regency, Bhikaji Cama Place

Contact: 011 26791234/ 011 66771338

Price: INR 890

Gamberettie Zucchine at Caffe Tonino

Gifts from the sea! A tomato sauce base, with shrimp, zucchini, thyme and mozzarella cheese in abundance. And their crust? Warm, soft and a perfect balance between crispy and chewy.

Where: First Floor, PVR Plaza Building, H Block, Connaught Place

Contact: 011 23320081/011 41528042

Price: INR 495

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Pulled Chicken Pizza at Lean Chef

A whole wheat crust, pieces of pulled chicken and generous servings of some finely crafted hummus, this pizza allows you to finish the whole pie without thinking of the consequences.

Where: M22, Greater Kailash,GK2; 2nd Floor, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket

Contact: 011 46536666 for GK; 011 41644488 for Saket

Price: INR 329

Galleria Special at Instapizza

With its ‘one price, unlimited toppings’ philosophy, we knew this one would be insta-love. We’re loving the Galleria Special with fresh garlic, jalapeno peppers and sundried tomatoes on their not-too-thin, not-too-thick crust. Perfect for take-out.

Where: First Floor, Galleria, DLF Phase IV, Gurgaon; G 34, Kalkaji market

Contact: +91-11-33105365 for Gurgaon; +91 8882052000 for Kalkaji

Price: Available in 7-inch and 9-inch, all under INR 325

You can order online, here.

Calabrese at Pizza Express

For people who love their veggies as much as they love their meats, this one’s got it just right. Italian and spicy sausage, with jalapenos and red and yellow peppers, flavoured with emilgrana, baby mozzarella, pesto and oregano. Not too heavy, with just the right amount of cheese, and flavours in abundance!

Where: 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

Contact: 011 33105791

Price: INR 750

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Mushroom & Feta at Diggin

Wholesome goodness on a thin, crunchy crust, say hello to Diggin’s lip-smacking mushroom and feta pizza, with thinly sliced mushrooms and spinach leaves bringing in the freshness quotient. Of course, feta adds just the right amount of taste to the whole arrangement.

Where: Anand Lok Shopping Centre, Opposite Gargi College, Anand Lok

Contact: 011 40800081/ 011 40800082

Price: INR 325

Home style at Wimpy’s

Remember those times when your mum decided to surprise you with some home-crafted Italian goodness? Wimpy’s does a pretty on point version of that very pizza. Think of the basics – onions, cheese and capsicum, with a choice of either mushrooms, lamb or chicken. And they’ve got three sizes – 7in, 10in and 14in, so you can pick as per the size of your hunger.

Where: 31, Aurobindo Place, Hauz Khas; 5, C10, Malviya Nagar; 28-29, Ground Floor, West End Mall, Janakpuri; 6, Banarsi Das Estate Market, Timar Pur, Civil Lines

Contact: 011 26512763 for Hauz Khas; +91 9560398669 for Malviya Nagar; 011 42434439 for Janakpuri; 011 23818675 for Civil Lines

Price: INR 210 {Mushroom, 10in}; INR 250 {Chicken, 10in}; INR 270 {Lamb, 10in}

Pepperoni at Summer House Cafe

There’s something to be said about the spot pizza hits when alcohol is involved. And this one does just that. Perfect grease, oil and pepperoni levels, for when hungrier strikes mid-drinking binge.

Where: 1st Floor, DDA Shopping Complex, Aurobindo Place, Hauz Khas

Contact: 011 33106147

Price: INR 475

Pizza Prego at Prego, The Westin Gurgaon

That it’ll be full of five-star kitchen goodness is a given. But barbeque lobster with red onion jam and kalamata olives on superbly baked crust? Yup. We’re in.

Where: The Westin, Gurgaon, MG Road, Sector 29, Iffco Chowk

Contact: +91-124-4977777

Price: Pizzas at fixed size between INR 780 and 1350

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La Bomba at NYC Pie

Fondly referred to as the vegan’s nightmare, this one is a meat overload. They’ve got pepperoni, black ham, Spanish chorizo and spicy Italian sausage. What we love is that they do four varieties of bases – from a regular to a whole wheat, as well as a garlic and a herb one. LBB tip: NYC Pie has also got a host of vegetarian options worth checking out – we recommend the Jamaican Heights.

Where: Main market, Defence Colony

Contact: 011 33105085

Price: INR 300 {8in}; INR 550 {12in}; INR 650 {14in}; INR 850 {16in}

Jugalbandi at Nirulas

You can never go wrong when it comes to meat; lots of it at that; and when there’s years of quality and a dash of nostalgia thrown in- well, that’s just near perfect. This oldie but goodie features mutton salami and sausage.

Where: Find your nearest location, here.

Price: INR 210 {7in}; INR 390 {10in}; INR 510 {12in}

Chicken Fajita at California Pizza Kitchen

A thin, crispy crust with a layer of cilantro pesto, soy lime marinated onions, peppers and shredded chicken – well done and topped with two types of cheeses – mozzarella and cheddar. You know it’s going to be really good, even if your waist line begs you to reconsider. Live in the moment, right?

Where: 11, Cyber Hub, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon

Contact: 0124 6518888/0124 6467575

Price: INR 585 {9in}; INR 745 {14in}

Make Your Own Pizza at K3, JW Marriott

With the kind of toppings K3 offers, making a choice seemed next to impossible. And then, we stumbled upon this gem, that allows you to choose your toppings from mushrooms, bell peppers, spicy salami, chicken, prawn and lobster. We want them all, and in this case that option is wide open!

Where: JW Marriott New Delhi, Asset Area 4, Hospitality District, Aerocity, IGI Airport

Contact: 011 33105293

Price: INR 1050

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The Broadway {Four Cheese} Fat Lulu’s

With its wood-fired goodness, we love the unusual toppings like fresh grapes or peanuts or seafood marinara, but it’s that darn four cheese — with mozzarella, gorgonzola, fontina and ricotta — we keep going back for!

Where: Gurgaon — Cross Point Mall & Galleria; Delhi — Select Citywalk, Defence Colony, Vasant Vihar

Contact: +91-8826460101

Price: Available in 12, 14 and 16-inch. Non-veg 16-inch at INR 800; veg 12-inch at INR 425.

No Cheese Pizza at Olive, One Style Mile

This is perfect for all you calorie-counters out there. Italian plum tomatoes, an assortment of greens, pesto, lightly drizzled with just the right amount of extra virgin olive oil. Flavour, without all the fat. Winner.

Where: One Style Mile, Haveli 6, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli

Contact: +91 9810235472/ 011 29574444

Price: INR 500

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