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Give the regular pizzas a skip and try out something different – wood-fired ones – in the New Year. It will be a special treat for you as these pizzas are done on wood that gives them that smoky charcoal flavour. And you don’t get this anywhere else other than a few select pizzerias in the town. Start your days with bang and try these places below for that mouth-watering taste of wood-fired pizzas that will linger for the days to come:
Text: Saima Afreen

Calzone Bomba at Prego, The Westin
The brick of the oven at Prego is oak
flavoured which gives the aroma of the different herbs used such as sage, oregano and thyme. Says chef Pradeep Rao, “Pizza dough ingredients are kept simple whichc is just a mixture of flour, olive oil, yeast and seasonings. We use different vegetables like sweet peppers, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, and other toppings like olives, artichokes, capers.” At Prego the most popular wood-fired pizzas is Pizza Quattro salumi, Calzone Bomba. Adds chef, “It is different from other pizzas as we serve a thin crust pizza which makes it crispier. The wood fired oven gives it a nice flavour.” Price: Rs.800++ taxes. Details: 67676801

Season’s special
Enjoy the New Year with delicious brunch at Feast, Sheraton. There will be plenty of drinks with live music along with mouth-watering food like Roasted Chicken, Loaves of French Bread, Fruit Roulades and more. Price: Rs.1,700++ taxes. Time: 12 pm-4 pm. Details: 49251122

Fabulous feast
Relish the dhaba style food at Friday Dhaba Nights. Novotel, The Square offers a sumptuous spread of Tawa Machi, Methi Murg Tikka, Murgh Keema & Paratha, Sabzi Seekh Kebab, Kulfi Falooda, Imarti, Ghewar and other items. Price: Rs.1,499++ taxes. On till January 15. Time: 12.30 pm-8 pm. Details: 66824422

ABS Specialty at Bricken Oven
This place is known for its wood-fired pizzas in the city after it was opened two years back. The restaurant owner Shekhar says they have two varieties – one is the small 12 inches, the large one is 18 inches. ABS Specialty’ is their signature pizza which is a mix of roasted chicken, smoked bacon, minced lamb with veggies. Another one worth a try is Five Cheese which is a mix of five types of cheese. Price: Rs.500++ taxes. Details: 60026001

Herb Chicken Pizza at Truffles
Truffles with its open restaurant complete with ornamental plants and dim lights has amazing pizzas on offer. Their specialty is Herb Chicken Pizza made from sun dried cherry tomatoes, olives and chicken dashed with exotic herbs. The mozzarella is delicious and the smell of wood smoke lingers in your mouth longer than you would expect. Price: Rs.600++ taxes. Details: 23550105

Summer Salad
Pizza at Olive Bistro
Pizza made in live pizzeria with new stuffings everyday is what you will get at this place. The unique part is that the fire is lighted the night before the pizza is made. Informs chef Swapan, “Other pizzerias use only one type of cheese whereas we use four types. And because of this, the crust turns out to be crunchy. Our specialty Summer Salad Pizza has toppings of tomatoes, jalapenos and exotic herbs. It takes six minutes for the pizza to be prepared.” Price: rs.400++ taxes. Details: 69999127

Confit Peppers
Pizza at Marriott
If you want to savour smoke of a fruit-tree in your pizza, head to Okra, Marriott. They use mango-wood in the pizza oven. Says chef Yogender Pal, “The tomatoes have to be just ripe to get the right taste for the sauce and then you can make it as exotic as you desire by adding various toppings.” He puts blue cheese which gives a unique taste to the pizza. He adds, “A good pizza should be crisp from the edges and from the centre also it should not neither be too soggy or too crisp.” Their most popular wood-fired pizzas are pepperoni, Margrita and confit peppers, shrimps and feta.  Price: rs.500++ taxes.Details: 27522999

Winter delights
Savour the traditional Gujarati thaali at Khandani Rajdhani, Banjara Hills. On their platter is Gatte Ka Saag, Paneer Methi, Kadhi, Bajre Kii Khichdi and desserts like Badam Ka Halwa, Kheer and Rabdi Malpua. Price: Rs.499++ taxes. Time: 12.30 pm-11 pm. Details: 64593998

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