Punctuated shades of green and blue lend a soothing feel to this well-lit dining room. A table on the patio spoils you with views of the iconic Yas Viceroy hotel itself. Dine here in the evening and watch the hotel’s façade light up in different colours.
Slice this: Pizza burrata.
A popular ingredient in salads and antipasti dishes, creamy chunks of burrata are scattered across this pizza. Roasted rapini, cherry tomatoes and a delectable cheese and garlic confit add colour and flavour.
Dhs45 (small), Dhs90 (large). Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 0600).
The stylish restaurant is known for its supreme pizza and pasta collections. Over the years we’ve recognised Bocca at our Restaurant Awards, so you know you’re in safe hands when you show up at the door.
Slice this: La scura ai frutti di mare.
No, your Italian isn’t as rusty as you think. That does in fact translate to “dark seafood”. And the reason for that is the charcoal base this seafood pizza is served on. A recent trend, charcoal is being hailed for its alkaline properties and it’s making its way into dishes across cuisines. So why not in pizza?
Dhs70. Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West, Al Khubeirah (02 692 4247).
Caramel Restaurant & Lounge Abu Dhabi
The secluded restaurant at The Collection serves modern American cuisine. It’s a cosy spot to gather with your closest friends.
Slice this: Tuna pizza.
Unconventional as far as toppings are concerned, but a winner nonetheless. Fresh tuna is carefully layered over a thin crust. Ponzu mayo, pickled shallots and truffle oil add multiple layers of flavour.
Dhs130. Open daily 6pm-1am. The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 678 3344).
You get more than your money’s worth at this popular chain. The casual vibe and friendly staff make it a relaxed weekend spot, and the lush mangroves add to the chilled atmosphere.
Slice this: Frutti di mare.
A seafood extravaganza that includes calamari, king prawn and mussels. It is topped with whole prawns and seasoned with Italian herbs.
Dhs66. Available until Dec 3. Open daily 9am-midnight. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Salam Street (02 641 2231).
The playful interior at this restaurant is inspired by an old-school circus tent. And the menu is just as creative and imaginative, with an emphasis on traditional Tuscan flavours.
Slice this: Circo New York.
Thin slices of purple potato are the standout ingredient of the dish. Blobs of fresh ricotta punctuate each bite with a creamy texture. Juliennes of red and yellow bell peppers are the other veggie component on this creation.
Dhs82. Open daily noon-midnight. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Al Khubeirah (02 666 6888).
When most of its tables are occupied, the large dining room can make you feel like you’re at a grand-scale family reunion in the Italian countryside. If you prefer the outdoors, the al fresco area comes alive in the evenings when fairy lights create a beautiful canopy.
Slice this: Quattro stagioni.
A delightful vegetarian option with just a handful of ingredients, this pizza is proof that less is more. Grilled peppers, zucchini, onions and olives deliver aknockout punch.
Dhs60. Open daily 6.30am-10.30am, noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).
As the name suggests, the resident band here belts out jazz tunes. And while you’d think that pizza and jazz would make an odd combination, the two go together quite smoothly. It’s also a restaurant fit for the family, with colouring pads to keep the kids entertained.
Slice this: Hawaiian PizzaExpress.
A punchy pineapple chutney replaces the citrus chunks you would normally expect. The condiment complements the veal bacon, red onion and duo of cheese – mozzarella and parmesan – on this thin-crust Romana Pizza.
Dhs80. Open daily 11.30-midnight. The Hub, World Trade Centre Mall (02 444 7752).
The cosy restaurant serves American comfort food with its own original spin. The soy-glazed beef short ribs are just one of its tasty examples. And although the pizza selection is limited, it is deliciously innovative.
Slice this: Black truffle with fontina cheese.
A thin base is covered in melted fontina cheese and then a smear of black truffle purée. A salad dressed with an aromatic truffle vinaigrette finishes it off.
Dhs90. Open Sat-Wed noon-11.30pm. Thu noon-midnight. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi Sheikh Khalifa Street (800 101 101).
Pizza di Rocco
A standard Italian that serves the regulars of antipasti, pasta and lasagne. But, as the name suggests, it’s the pizzas that are the main draw. It offers its customers a choice of white flour or whole-wheat for the base. Apart from the classic favourites, it also serves its own creations on the Speciali Di Rocco menu.
Slice this: Fattoria.
There is no holding back on this one. It includes tomato sauce, caramelised onion, goats’ cheese, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and pine nuts. You won’t be disappointed.
Dhs55. Open Sun-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-2am. Corner of Salam and Al Falah Streets, Salam Street (02 885 3222).
Authentic flavours served within mosaic-tiled walls is what makes Prego’s so popular. Its menu offers diners plenty of choice for a leisurely meal. And if you land a table on the outdoor deck, you can look out onto date palms and a view stretching to Al Maryah Island.
Slice this: Mare e monti.
Calamari, scallops, prawns and porcini are the star ingredients. The supporting cast features olives, parmesan and a hearty tomato sauce.
Dhs90. Open daily noon-11.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 304 8169).
Already renowned in Dubai, this fine dining Italian has found a home at Galleria Mall on Al Maryah Island. Expect classic Italian fare raised to another level.
Slice this: Roberto’s Pizza.
The humble pizza gets a luxurious twist here. Beef carpaccio, wild rocket, parmesan and shavings of black truffle layer up for a memorable taste of Italy.
Dhs130. Open daily noon-1am. The Galleria Mall, Al Maryah Island (02 627 9009).
Located on bustling Hamdan Street, the Crowne Plaza’s Italian is an oasis of calm, making it a popular choice with families. Named after a long and narrow street in Naples, you’ll understand why this particular pizza is its signature...
Slice this: One-metre pizza.
You can order it with four different toppings: buffalo mozzarella, arugula, four cheese, and bresaola and salmon are just some of the choices. There are also gluten-free options.
Dhs68. Open daily noon-11pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan Bin Mohamed Street (02 6166 251).
“No gluten beyond this point” reads the doormat at the entrance of this waterfront café. Given the small number of gluten-free options in our city, it’s become quite a hotspot. We recommend a wedge (or more) of the Nutawa cheesecake to follow the pizza.
Slice this: Veggie pizza.
Before our non-vegetarian friends turn their noses up at this one, we request them to give it a fair chance. Fragrant, fresh pesto, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, roasted bell peppers, olives and rocket decorate the modified base.
Dhs55. Open daily 8am-11pm. Al Muneera Beach Plaza, Al Muneera, Al Raha Beach (800 8292).
The restaurant is largely known for its creative fusion dishes. But it isn’t all about the theatrics. Teatro doesn’t shy away from rolling out the classics, and it does them well.
Slice this: Pizza diavola.
Simple and delicious, this medium-sized pizza for (a greedy) one includes beef pepperoni, red bell pepper and provolone cheese.
Dhs75. Open daily 6pm-11pm. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Park (02 657 3333).
Todd English’s Olives
Gaze out on calming views of the Grand Mosque from this comfortable waterfront restaurant. Choose from the dining room, accented with orange and olive-coloured chairs, the dimly-lit bar or the outdoor terrace. The friendly staff will make you feel at home while you dine on hearty cuisine from across the Mediterranean region.
Slice this: Fig and bresaola flatbread.
A sweet and sour fig jam dots a crusty rosemary-flavoured base, which is layered with gorgonzola blue cheese and paper thin slices of beef bresaola. That may read as strong flavours, but it works together harmoniously.
Dhs75. Open Sun-Thu 12.30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Al Maqta (02 404 1941).
Get it delivered
Time Out’s favourites for a slice of pizza at home
“Serves up super-thin slices of wood-fired pizza,” says Faiza Amjid, assistant section editor. “Juicy flavours, herbs and good quality mozzarella all add to the deliciousness.”
Guardian Towers (02 441 6609).
“Speedy delivery, check. Generous toppings, check. Non-greasy, check. Thin crust, check. Oh, and it tastes good, too,” says food editor Vanessa Fitter.
Airport Road, Al Mushrif (02 641 8182).
“A reliable favourite. Delivery is quick and the pizza arrives hot,” adds section editor Christopher Hough. “Don’t miss out on the beef pepperoni; it’s crispy, rich and satisfying.”
Various locations (60 054 0440).
“Loads of options are available, with top-quality crusts and fresh ingredients,” says Paul Clifford, group editor, food & guides. “There are even a couple of healthier wholewheat pizzas. Check their deals for a real bargain.”
Various locations including Al Zahiya (02 667 3330).
Russo’s New York Pizzeria
“Pricier than other places, but you get your money’s worth,” adds Grace Guino, staff photographer. “It has great topping combinations, and some gluten-free options.”
Al Wahda Mall (80 078 7767).
A world of pizzas
Five global variations and where to get them in the city
The dish is popular in France’s Alsace region and the southern part of Germany. It is traditionally either oval or rectangular in shape, with varied toppings that are usually restricted to just a handful. And instead of cheese it features spoons of sour cream. Yum.
Find it here: Café D’Alsace
Not part of the regular menu, requires prior notice. From Dhs45. Open Sat-Wed 8am-midnight, Thu-Fri 8am-1am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 496 3412).
A Japanese-style pancake, there are no rules or restrictions when it comes to the add-ons. You can get creative with all your favourite toppings. From seafood to vegetables and grilled meat.
Find it here: Toki
Dhs48. Open daily noon-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West, Al Khubeirah (02 692 4247).
A popular Turkish street snack, this baked flatbread is usually boat-shaped with raised edges. Toppings can include a variety of ingredients including cheese, eggs, mushrooms, ground meat, tomatoes, bell peppers and herbs.
Find it here: Petek Restaurant
From Dhs42. Open daily 8am-midnight. Rolex Tower, near World Trade Centre Souk, Al Markaziya (02 555 2000).
The base is slightly thicker than that of a pizza in this classic French dish. Onion, garlic, olives and anchovies star as the classic toppings. It can be eaten hot or cold.
Find it here: 18 Degrees
Dhs30. Open daily 6.30am-10.30am, noon-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Hyatt Capital Gate, Embassies District (02 418 2583).
This Levantine dish needs little introduction. Most foodies in the capital have their own little hole-in-the-wall joint that they frequent. And it won’t ever break the bank.
Find it here: Gulf Pastry
From Dhs5. Open Sun-Thu 7am-midnight, Fri-Sat 8am-midnight. Various locations including Khalifa City A, opposite Emirates Islamic Bank, Khalifa City (02 556 2043).