Fantastic Hole-in-the wall Pizzeria - Pizza di Rocco, Abu Dhabi
Driving from Mohammed Bin Zayed City was quite easy. It is a linear route and after 20 minutes I was there. The thing is people hear about the great pizza here and are often surprised when they see the simple looking exterior. I find it refreshing - a side street pizzeria without the bells and whistles one gets accustomed to in the capital.
|Just like home|
The restaurant is simple, with 4 tables. It really feels like a dining room in someone's house. A kitchen dresser at one side of the restaurant with some books and home made chilli oil contribute to that homely sense.
Admittedly most of Pizza di Rocco's business comes from their delivery service, but I see huge potential for them as a dine-in venue.
While it is a pizzeria and this is how they see themselves, there is a more than decent selection of appetizers and salads. We start off with a Caprese Salad and the Bresaola con Rucola. While waiting, I have a chat with the manager who talks about modest renovation plans for the restaurant. I am pleased that they will not ruin the existing character of the restaurant. There are just too few restaurants like this in the city. The plan will be to extend the open kitchen and add only another 2 or 3 tables.
|Bresaola and rucola|
Next up is the pizza. The timing is perfect, and we don't wait long. My daughter orders the 'bambino' pizza, a special size for kids. The rest of the pizzas all come in one size. I like that. No longer a debate as to what size pizza to get. One size. Keep it simple.
|Soon-to-be extended open kitchen|
|Pizza - glorious pizza|
To finish our evening, we order two desserts - the Tiramisu and the Chocolate brownie. The tiramisu is light, fluffy and creamy. The brownie is dark, intense and rich in nuts and caramel. Both winners, in different ways. For sheer decadence and indulgence, though, I recommend the brownie!
The staff are really friendly. The waiting staff, staff behind the counter and the chefs all do their bit to leave me with an overwhelming feeling that this little pizzeria is going to be around for a long time. It was so nice just to drive up to a place, no valet parking, dressed in super casual clothes and just have a relaxing evening, not in a mall or a hotel. Just somewhere. Nowhere. Will be back.
Pizza di Rocco,
Al Salam Street (closest corner Al Falah street)
02 641 8300
Appetisers and Salads 14-34 Dhs
Pizza 39-52 Dhs
Lasgana 46 Dhs
Desserts 12-18 Dhs