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Abbiocco-the drowsiness after a heavy and fulfilling meal, is certainly what we feel after tasting some fine Italian cuisine in a city like Mumbai- what’s not to love? Here are top 20 unconventional pizza chains across the city to check out when you’re bored from all those famous chains with the same old menu.

20 Olio Novotel

A wishlist restaurant for many, Olio offers an exceptional view of the sea and the lovely sea breeze. This upscale restaurant serves thin-crust pizzas and other range of Italian food. What adds to the experience is that you can see your food in preparation as they have an open kitchen.

Cost for two:~Rs. 3000

Location: Novotel, Juhu Beach, Balraj Sahani Marg, Juhu, Mumbai.

Olio-Novotel

19 Fratelli Fresh Renaissance Hotel

Powai Lake on one side, Fratelli Fresh at Renaissance is known for its Sunday brunch. Gourmet pizzas are very much recommended. They have taken care of everyone on their menu, it seems- for the health conscious, there’s a widespread variety of crisp salads with a variety of dressings and seafood lovers will love the choices here, with options like seabass fillet, grouper steak, salmon fillet and lobsters. Also known for a luxury seating and comfortable environment, this chain is perfect for a dine-out!

Cost for two:~Rs. 3000

Location: Renaissance Hotel, 2-3B, Near Chinmayanand Ashram, Powai, Mumbai

Fratelli Fresh – Renaissance Hotel

18 Two One Two Bar & Grill

Mumbai got its first Two One Two – Bar & Grill in September 2010, Two One Two – Bar & Grill has gone an extra mile to introduce a whole new concept –  authentic Italian and Mediterranean food with a special  focus on the grills while using the finest cooking ingredients. With its buzzy and pleasant ambiance, this place is best known for its aged beef steaks that it offers.

Cost for two:~Rs. 2500

Location: 12 A, Hornby Vellard Estate, Next to the BMW showroom, Worli, Mumbai

Two One Two – Bar & Grill

17 Indigo Delicatessen

This place is a no-brainer when you’re looking for good food and good service. They never disappoint, and their ice-creams are a plus! The staff is known to be friendly, adding to the refreshing atmosphere of the place. Their gourmet pizzas are widely known, and with the bread basket right at the beginning, this place always makes you want to come back for more!

Cost for two:~Rs.2100

Location: 1st Floor, Palladium Mall, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Indigo Delicatessen16 Francesco’s Pizzeria

The name screams “Italian!” which might get you started to plan a visit there. This isn’t even the best part: go through their menu, and the names will give you a craving right away! Known for their amazing thin crust gourmet pizzas, their cheesecakes, and tiramisu, trying them out will not be disappointing.

Cost for two:~Rs.1000

Location: Ground Floor, Shop 3, Chinoy Mansion, Warden Road, Kemps Corner, Mumbai

Francesco’s Pizzeria 15  Trattoria

Known for their wide variety of authentic Italian, and their 24-hour service, Trattoria was started a few years ago in the Vivanta by Taj. The friendly service and the pleasant ambiance add to the attraction. Starting with their legendary garlic bread, you can move onto their well-known gourmet pizzas. The pizzas are baked to perfection, or so everybody says, and all you can do is try them for yourself!

Cost for two:~Rs.2500

Location: Vivanta by Taj President, 90, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai

Trattoria

14 Celini

Italian classics and a vast array of wines offered in an upscale, modern setting at the Grand Hyatt, who can say no to pizza at Celini’s? It is known to be expensive, but the authentic Italian food more than makes up for it! Their Porchetta is highly recommended, along with their basic Celini, what the restaurant is probably named after.

Cost for two:~Rs.6000

Location: Grand Hyatt, Off Western Express Highway, Santacruz East, Mumbai

Celini

13  Mia Cucina

The rustic Italian décor, the pizzas served on a wooden board, the pasta that feels home-made, Mia Cucina is as authentic Italian as it gets. It is known for its vintage décor and the extensive sangria menu to go with it. Their home made dough for the pasta, and the pizzas call you back once every while to indulge in its fresh and healthy produce!

Cost for two:~Rs. 2000

Location: G3, Transocean House, Lake Boulevard Street, Hiranandani Business Park, Powai, Mumbai

Mia Cucina

 12 Ovenstory Pizza

As the joint serves with only delivery option, there’s no beat around the bush than the food itself. With four out of the box options for crusts: Peri Peri, Chipotle, 4-Pepper and El-Classico, Ovenstory is inches away from becoming a big hit.  Value for money is also an attraction, with pizzas giving you satisfaction for every penny you spend. Their 4 cheese dips are also something you can’t skip on!

Cost for two:~Rs.900

Location: Bandra Talao, Bandra West

Ovenstory Pizza

11 Pizzaroma

Known for its thin-crusted pizzas, Pizzaroma’s efforts in making the dough and the sauces as authentic as possible have led them to run two very successful outlets in the city. There is seemingly no use of preservatives, as everything is prepared fresh on order. The pepperoni pizza is one of the top recommendations.

Cost for two:~Rs. 700

Location: 25, Hiranandani Gardens, JVLR, Powai Plaza, Powai, Mumbai

Pizzaroma

10 Ray’s Café & Pizzeria

As they say, the most beautiful places are the ones that are hidden. People like to call this café a “hidden gem”.Tucked away in the bylanes of Bandra’s Hill Road, this is a lovely and a peaceful café for thin crust pizzas along with other Italian food. It is known to have its desserts as good as pizzas. Cottage Cheese pizza along with the El Greco pizza is a must try for a peaceful and fulfilling meal.

Cost for two:~Rs.1400

Location: 133, Gazebo House, Hill Road, Bandra West

Ray’s Café & Pizzeria

9 California Pizza Kitchen

Introduced to this city not long ago, this restaurant has certainly been a hit; with its warm and welcoming environment, the friendly staff, the decor, and obviously the pizzas as good as they come! Known for its gourmet pizzas, the toppings, and the desserts, it invites you to a satisfying full meal in a luxury arrangement!

Cost for two:~Rs. 2000

Location: 3rd Floor, Infiniti Mall, Link Road, Malad West, Mumbai

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8 Pizza By The Bay

There are hardly very few places where you would choose outdoor seating over the air conditioned indoor seating. This is one of those places. Grab a table and a seat facing the Arabian Sea, get a pizza from their very well known range of thin-crusted pizzas, and what else can you ask for a perfect day? For the interiors, they have somehow incorporated the colours white and blue so well, you don’t feel like leaving the place. Really good interior, really good outdoor arrangement, really good pizzas and pasta, and really good mocktails. Heaven, or heaven?

Cost for two:~Rs. 2000

Location: 143, Soona Mahal, Marine Drive, Churchgate, Mumbai

Pizza By the Bay

7 The Playlist Pizzeria

The spin on the menu here: you are gonna want to try every option they have! It is known for its make your own pizza option, with a huge list of toppings and sauces to choose from! The garlic bread and pasta are also a must try! The walls are adorned with music album covers and old records, and with the lovely music playing, this restaurant is certainly a must visit.

Cost for two:~Rs.1200

Location: Shop 1, Gloria Apartments, St. Baptist Road, Near Mt. Mary Steps, Reclamation, Bandra West

The Playlist Pizzeria

6 Riso

For all the vegetarians, Riso out there is fine dining experience with a wide variety of pasta and pizzas, all vegetarian! The Bruschetta platter and Pasta Barbaresco are the most loved dishes, along with their Mediterranean pizza.

Cost for two:~Rs.1400

Location: Gala 1, Janta Industrial Estate, Opposite High Street Phoenix Mall, SB Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Riso

5 Gustoso

One of the places with everything fine: cozy, well-run, elegant, with good food and great service! The lights and interiors give you a warm welcome to the place. Once you’ve been here, its definitely up on your favourites list. The wine is perfect, the seafood pasta is decent, the Frutti di mare is just what’s gonna call you back, and the Tiramisu is delightful. Gustoso is an altogether different experience for all the pizza lovers out there.

Cost for two:~Rs.2200

Location: Jharna Apartments, Dr. BR Ambedkar Road, Khar West, Khar, Mumbai

Gustoso

4 Pizza Express

Right from the warm greeting, the accurate order suggestions, always at their toe service, the authentic food, the fascinating menu including specialty pizzas, the pasta, every time the beverages and the desserts make Pizza Express a perfect treat. The lasagna here is to die for. Moreover, they keep reinventing their menu, always pulling us back to try something different every time. With all this and more, it deserves to be one of the biggest chains in the city.

Cost for two:~Rs.2000

Location: Dhanraj Mahal, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai

Pizza Express

3 Little Italy

A treat for the vegetarians (and the non vegetarians), you don’t feel the need of a non-vegetarian menu here. The prompt service, the warm and welcoming interior, the friendly staff: you’re always coming back here! Their vegetarian pizza gourmand, the traditional bruschetta, the grilled button mushrooms, and the variety of pasta combine to make an overall great experience.

Cost for two:~Rs.1400

Location: 18 B, Hotel Atlantic, Near Maneckji Cooper School, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai

Little Italy

2 Eva’s

One of the best pizza joints in Mumbai serving delicious pizzas with loads of cheese and fresh chunks of chicken. You can’t help but drool over these pizzas! Hurricane pizza is a must try for the meat lovers out there. Their menu might look similar to you but their pizzas are not!

Cost for two:~Rs.650

Location: 7, Harmony Apartments, Off Military Road, Marol, Mumbai

Eva’s

1  Joey’s Pizza

“Joey doesn’t share food!!” And he’s right not to, with pizzas as good as they come! It is one of the premier places in Mumbai for pizza. Their menu is worth experimenting with, being so elaborate. Some of the best out there are the China Gate Pizza, Tornado Pizza, Meats Pizza, and Meat Ultimo Pizza. “Mamma Mia!” is what comes to mind when you try out the food here.

Cost for two:~Rs.800

Location: 6 & 7, Upvan Building, Near Indian Oil Colony, DN Nagar, Azad Nagar, Mumbai

Joey’s Pizza

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