Ten-Second Takeaway

Last week, we got into a cab, got off at Kala Ghoda and entered Italy. If that sounds like a ridiculous short-cut, you haven’t yet been to 1441 Pizzeria, a wood-oven pizza joint where you can make your own pizza from scratch.

Need To Know

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We all  ‘make our own pizza‘ when we ask for extra cheese or corn on our Dominos order. But at 1441, you can not only choose your toppings but participate in the whole baking process – from the dramatic air-flipping of the dough to sliding it into the oven. We chose to make the gourmet pizza, tied up our aprons tight and our hair net tighter, and got this pizza party started.

What We Found

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Hand-stretched pizza dough, placed strategically on a long-handled wooden paddle was our canvas, on to which we splashed just about everything we saw.

Step one was to spread the sauce. We could choose from tomato sauce, mama’s sauce {a more spicy Italian one}, or a white sauce. We went for the spicy one cuz our mama’s always right. Then came the cheese. We sprinkled shredded mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, fresh buffalo mozzarella and parmesan until the chef gently suggested that the dough might collapse if it got too heavy.

This was the toppings section, and choices were pretty much unlimited. We threw on olives, all colours of capsicum, mushrooms, sweet corn, baby corn, green chillies, cherry tomatoes, onions, caramelised onions, piri piri paneer tikka, and spiced potatoes on it. We made the other half non-vegetarian and added to all the existing cheese and veggies, a bunch of non-veg toppings such as chicken tikka, salami, chicken meatballs, and curried chicken.

Any Good?

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So good. The pizza was gorgeous, and so was the place. We wolfed down every bite of that pizza, while a colleague had the non-veg half. Both of us ignored each other and finished the food in ten minutes’ flat. We loved making it and eating it. The entire pizzeria was flooded in warm, yellow light and had scenes from an Italian countryside on the walls. We sat atop one of the high red stools there.

You too, can literally make your own pizza by visiting them between 3pm–7pm from Monday to Thursday, or simply ask them to make yours any day between 11am–11pm. They have some great starters and a bottomless offer on coke for INR 55 too. The gourmet pizza we made was for INR 695 {inclusive of all taxes and all toppings you add} and you can even go for a classic pizza with unlimited toppings {veg. for INR 495 and INR 595}. The difference is the number of cheeses, and a few toppings options will be reduced.

So, We’re Thinking…

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Call yourself a pizza-lover and haven’t been to the 1441 pizzeria yet? Pfft. This is the place to go if you are obsessed with the slice of heaven slapped with cheese that we know by the name of pizza.

Photos: Aman Deshmukh/LBB