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Passion for Pizza

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I love a good pizza, especially if its baked in a proper oven since it gives the crust a very unique texture. A friend of mine, Nasser Al Sulaihim, is so passionate about the art of pizza making that recently he actually made his own pizza oven. The oven is similar to the one I’d posted about in my Pizza Connection post but while that one was flown in from Italy, Nasser made his own oven himself!

Oven making

I’ve made a collage of the oven in its various stages of design and production and its really impressive. He’s a really talented guy and you can follow him on Instagram to see how good he is at building stuff.

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Pizza Connection – Dubai

A colleague introduced me to this place one night as we were walking outside our hotel looking for a place to have dinner from. We walked from our hotel towards the Internet City Metro station and then saw this little joint that had just had a couple of tables by the sidewalk and just a small counter inside.

I was skeptical of the kind of pizza that I would be getting but my colleague reassured me that I wouldn’t be disappointed.One thing that surprised me was that we got our order in about 3 minutes after we had placed it so I thought it might have been a pre-made pizza.

And boy was I in for a surprise. This has got to be, without a doubt, the best pizza I’ve ever had! Everything about it was perfect, the crust was paper thin but foldable and had the right amount of chewiness and crustiness. The sauce layer wasn’t too thick and you could actually taste the chunks of tomato. The other toppings were really thin and not overdone so ultimately you were really enjoying the perfection of the crust and the sauce.

I was so impressed by my dinner that I went to the chef inside to convey my appreciation for the fine meal and during our chat I found out that the ingredients were authentic and Italian in origin and all the pizzas were made in a traditional wood fired oven (I later found out that the oven itself was flown in from Italy!) Our meal was 45 AED (approx 3.5 KD) and was worth every fils.

Pizza Connection is run by two Italians, Andrea and Paolo. Their motto is “Italians do it better” and I agree 100%
Pizza Connection [website] and [Facebook]

07 slice

As easy as pizza pie

There really isn’t much to say; dough, sauce, toppings, cheese… BAM!!  Pizza!

Check out the list of pizza dough recipes here and this is the one I followed.

Its not easy

Life as such is not easy and when you’re a vegetarian its no walk in the park. After spending the whole morning shopping we decided to get a bite to eat at the food court since it was already half past two and we’d be too tired to make lunch after driving home.

Scene 1. Amigo’s Mexican counter

Staff: May I take your order?

Me: I’ll have a Burrito please and a plate of Nachos

Staff: Sir, we have beef steak with cheese, chicken fajita with jalapeno blah blah blah…

My brain: I’ll have the beef steak with extra beef with a side order of beef salad with extra beef, and while you’re at it, why dont you blend some of that beef into my soft drink ?

Me: *beads of sweat running down my brow* Er.. ah.. I’ll have a veggie burrito. Er.. do you have a veggie option?

Staff: One veggie coming right up sir!

My Brain: DAMN YOU!!! I wanted BEEF!!! Goddammit!! RED MEAT!!

Me: Shut up!!

Scene 2. Nolita’s Pizza

Staff: What can I get you? We have a fresh batch of pepperoni pizza.

Me: *plams sweaty, hands are shaking and mouth has gone completely dry*  ‘gulp’… I’ll have a slice of your veggie pizza please.

My brain: YOU SONOFABITCH!! Didnt you hear the man say PEPPERONI? Take a look at that magnificent New York pizza with those chewy slices of pepperoni nestled in a bed of warm cheese! Whats wrong with you?

Staff: Can I get you something else sir? We also have a Meat Lover’s Pizza

Me: *coughs* Just an order of baked wedges, thats all! *picks up order and runs away from the pepperoni pizza.

This is just Day 5 out of 50! 😀