#PizzaFest16 has had us all on a pizza diet for the past five days. Not that we are complaining, one can never have too much pizza. With three days left, make sure you take advantage of this great offer and visit as many restaurants as possible to indulge in all the pizzas on offer.
This year there are over 30 participating restaurants and you stand a chance to a win a trip for two courtesy of SunGold Lite to Medina Palms for a three nights stay with round trip flights on JamboJet! All you have to do is take a photo of yourself enjoying the Nairobi Pizza Festival, post it on Instagram and tag the photo with the hashtag #SunGoldEscape. What better way to unwind from a week-long pizza overload than with a well deserved holiday at the serene Medina Palms.
If you’re looking for a place to grab a slice, here are the participating restaurants:
Located in various malls across Nairobi, there’s always bound to be an Artcaffe near you. Artcaffe branches are always bright with a fresh, modern and cozy environment. They are known for serving the best roasted coffees, tea, hearty dishes and a wide selection of desserts, pastries and signature cocktails at affordable rates. They have a wide variety of thin crust pizzas from vegetarian to meaty options, each pizza is delicious.
From the good-natured service professionals, to the tantalizing array of contemporary Continental gourmet dishes, paired with a superb range of fine wines and beverages in a vibrant, light and airy terrace atmosphere. All guests are sure to feel at home with family and friends as they dine.
The welcoming smell of Dr. Oetker Pizzas wafts through the air in the fashionable, European, modern-rustic Cafe Vienna situated next to Nakumatt Ukay’s entrance. Cafe Vienna offers a variety of toppings on the Dr. Oetker pizzas, with cheese over sweet and tangy pizza sauce placed on a wonderfully thin crust. Truly, once bitten forever smitten!
Oozing with easy charm and beautifully light ambiance, La Dolce Vita has always been a favourite with the Italian community in Nairobi. The Margherita pizza is arguably one of the best in town. Come here for dinner with a loved one for a special night over a glass of ruby red full-bodied Italian wine.
Lucca is a great restaurant for Italian food lovers. They have a delicious selection of pastas and pizzas, lovingly prepared by their passionate Chef De Cuisine, Pietro Lunghi. A selection of authentic, freshly prepared pizzas are on offer including vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. This offer is valid everyday of the Nairobi Pizza Festival, except Sunday.
Owned by the popular Big Square franchise, the Pizza Mojo menu promises to serve up some of the best pizzas in this city. Head to the Pizza Mojo at The Oval or Karen Square to indulge in a deliciously warm slice of pizza. We highly recommend that you try their specialty: the beef ribs pizza. It is made using Big Squares signature sweet, tangy and juicy ribs, and you can bet it’s delicious!
A British inspired family friendly sports bar, restaurant, bed and breakfast establishment set on a 23 acre property that beautifully blends quirky with classy. Activities include; paintballing, archery, face painting, wall climbing, team building, weddings and birthdays. With a Continental and Indian menu, head here for pizzas with your family and a day in the sun.
The name of this bistro-style cafe comes from an acacia tree located at its center, one which acted as a post box of sorts for travellers who would leave their mail pinned to the bottom of its trunk. Pop into their deli counter before settling down to fresh juices, a wide range of coffee and pizzas from their wood-fire oven.
Upendo Pizza takes roots from Upendo Hero, a character from Vincenzo Cavallo’s 2011 documentary “Twende Berlin”. Cavallo and Maria Grazia Pellegrino, both artists and foodies, are the owners of Nairobi’s pizzeria, bringing people together and spreading love with authentic artisan pizzas, paired with full bodied wines, in a friendly and creative location.
Other Participating Restaurants:
2. Black Gold Cafe (Panari Hotel)
3. Debonairs Pizza (CBD, Waiyaki Way & Ngong Road)
4. Mambo Italia (Lavington Curve Mall & Garden City)
5. Mediterraneo (Gigiri, Junction, Westlands)
6. Moca Loca (Garden City)
7. Pomodoro (Village Market)
8. Spring Valley Oven
10.Sugarcane (Garden City)
11. Zen Garden (Jade)
Italian Stove-Top Pizza Recipe
#PizzaFest16 is almost over but that doesn’t mean we have to put our pizza diet on hold. Homemade pizza may sound like a daunting task but this ten minute pizza recipe will go a long way in turning your pizza blues into pizza bliss days after the Nairobi Pizza Festival is over. What’s most exciting about this recipe is that it doesn’t require an oven!
• 1/2 cup self raising flour
• 1/2 cup plain flour
• Pinch of salt
• 1 tsp of dried yeast rounded
• 1 tsp honey
• 1 tsp lukewarm water
• ½ cup SunGold Lite
• 1/3 cup tomato paste
• 1 tsp dried Italian herbs (basil, oregano, parsley)
• Mozzarella, sliced if large
• Roasted capsicum sliced into strips
• Sundried tomatoes
• Pitted Kalamata olives
• Anchovies (optional)
• Fresh basil leaves, torn
1. Prep the pizza pan by brushing it with SunGold Lite.
2. Measure plain flour, self-raising flour and salt into the pan
3. In a small bowl, whisk yeast into water with a fork and add honey
4. Combine yeast mixture with dry ingredients in pizza pan and mix together
5. Spread dough over the base of the pizza pan using the tips of your fingers until the base is covered, no need to knead the dough or leave it to rise
6. Combine tomato paste and herbs in a small bowl and spread over the pizza dough with a spatula
7. Top pizza with mozzarella, tomatoes, olives and anchovies
8. Place the pan over medium heat and cover
9. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat and then turn the heat down to medium low and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
10. Garnish with fresh basil leaves
11. Slice and serve