October 25, 2015


I don’t know why this simple five letter word rings a five thousand bells in my heart, brains and stomach – not necessarily in that order, as when you say five thousand, you can’t keep a track. Pizza is my most favourite food. No really, it is; not just because I am writing a blog post on it. Be it Dominoes, Pizza Hut, some other American Pizza chain or the local Indian thin crust pizza, like Jasu ben pizza in Ahmedabad, I just love them all. Last week was the National Food Day and October is the National Pizza Month, so let’s come together and munch on our favourite pizzas.
I came across this amazing Boutique Pizzeria, NYC.PIE based in Delhi and Gurgaon. I went through their website and loved the concept of pie pizzas termed by the old school pizza restaurateurs who migrated to America from various regions of Italy in the 1920s. These are authentic New York Pizzas, which are surely going to satiate your taste buds. One should eat noodles like the Chinese, burger like Americans and pizza like Italians. Grab these delectable pizzas which would remind you of the old school Americans who popularized the Italian pizza staying true to its flavour and style.

A glimpse in their menu:

Mr Raj Rao, the creator of this brand has lived in the USA for 30 years. He was shortlisted as #8 out of an original pool of 275 to be the Director of F&B for the White House under the Clinton administration :) He came back to India and headed the F&B division at ‘The Oberois’, New Delhi, where he was instrumental in creating the benchmark restaurant ‘Threesixty Degrees’. He has been a General Manager at ‘Ananda Spa’ in The Himalayas, and has opened two restaurants – ‘Republic of Noodles’ in Goa and ‘Fat Lulu’s’ in Gurgaon. He has also handled F&B structure for Fortis hospital in Gurgaon where he has successfully redefined hospital cuisine.

A little tete-e-tete with the man behind this amazing Boutique Pizzeria:

Why pizza?

Pizza is one dish that is loved by people all over the world. Whichever country you go to, they will have their own version of pizza. People from every age group love pizza.

What is the USP of NYC.PIE pizzas?

Our pizza is made from special dough with our own blend that we prepare exclusively in our kitchen. We have a proprietary sauce that we add to the toppings. The meats like ham and pepperoni for the toppings are imported. The vegetarian pizzas are also made using the finest ingredients.

How will you conserve the authenticity of these pizzas?

We are never going to introduce Indian version of the pizzas like 'Panner Tikka Masala' and the like. We leave that for the other brands.

Quiz on this one:

If you could be a pizza topping, what topping would you like to be and why?

He… he…  I never ask straight questions as I don’t want straight answers :P So make it tangy, sweet or spicy (not bland please); just like your favourite pizza.

The best answer gets INR 1000/- off from NYC.PIE in Delhi or Gurgaon. Check out the website: http://www.nycpie.in/

This quiz is only for Delhiites, but if you are planning to visit Delhi anytime soon, you can go ahead and participate.

Also, people who want to answer in spite of not being in Delhi can go ahead and participate. If your answer is really interesting, I might post it on the blog though you cannot avail the voucher. 

Send your answers in the comments section below or email me at tvara129@gmail.com

This quiz will close on 28th of October,2015. Please send in your answers before that. 


  1. I don't want to participate in this but just for fun I'm writing this comment,
    As a Indian we all like "CHATPATA" taste in everything for e.g. if you don't like food or something eatables product then we add something like chaat masala or any CHATPATA thing so we can enjoy that.
    Pizza are also the same thing
    Pizza is just sibling of PARATHA who went to go abroad for post graduation. And that's very true, we don't like PARATHA taste but pizza, and that's not everything we do change the taste of pizza as per our taste like we add cheese, toppings, oregano, chili flakes etc.

  2. Hey if I could be a pizza toppin' I would like to b a tangy one juz like tangy paprika, jalapeΓ±o, bell peppers etc etc coz I believe one should hav some tanginess Nd tingling sensations on their tongue juz like each one of us want some tanginess in our life by adding some unusual cravings, crazy weird Nd tangy strange things v wanna do along wid our busy same old blend schedule, so yea wt I believe dt ppl should give some time for Ol da tangy things they wanna do apart from their busy schedule sometimes as these little things gives us the amazin' relaxation Nd happiness so dt v remain stress free Nd learn to njoyy life!! Especially for youngsters!!

    So yea I conclude sayin' that I would like to b a tangy toppin' on the pizza if I could to make the ppl realise as soon as they taste me!!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜Ž

    Nd yea Tvara so nicely written I'm lookin' forward to visit this pizzeria!! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹