Domenico's is a brand new pizzeria in Thimbirigasyaya. We think their pizzas are on par with some of Colombo's best.
Walking into the restaurant we were greeted by a familiar face. That was non other than Domenico himself, whom we recognized because he was the former chef at Santoré. In our most recent visit there we were wondering where he was, and now we know. Even though it has barely been two weeks since they opened up everything on their pretty extensive menu was available.
Looking at the menu, the first thing we noticed was how competitive the pricing was. They've got a great range of 13' pizzas starting at Rs. 990 and going up to Rs. 2100 for their premium range. Besides the conventional Italian pizzas they've also got some interesting choices like polos, curry chicken and tandoori cuttlefish to name a few.
After our initial visit (which wasn't planned), we decided to have some pizzas delivered to YAMU HQ.
We ordered the bacon and mushroom (Rs. 1500) and smoked salmon pizza (Rs. 1950). At 13' these pizzas were quite massive (bigger than the one we had at Santoré
), and enough for 2-3 people. The two pizzas we got were shared among 5 of us at the office. We also really appreciated the fact that they didn't skimp on the toppings.
We will say they aren't the most authentic because they use chicken bacon as opposed to prosciutto (pork based) which is what you'd find in truly authentic Italian cuisine. in spite of that that small gripe the pizza tasted pretty great. The topping covered pretty much the entire the base of the pizza and the mozzarella worked well with the mushroom to add some creaminess.
The smoked salmon pizza came with zucchini, mozzarella and a good amount of fresh cream drizzled on top. Since smoked salmon is a somewhat rare commodity here, we were expecting shredded pieces of salmon but we were pleasantly surprised to find quite large pieces on each slice. The zucchini also added a nice texture while the fresh cream helped balance the flavours beautifully.
We also ordered a portion of their bruschetta, which is bread soaked in extra virgin olive oil, topped with tomatoes and oregano. Now I'm not a huge fan of tomatoes but this tasted amazing. Even though it only has a few simple ingredients, all of them just worked so well together.
Ambience & Service
Domenico's is a small place with seating for around only 15 people since they're trying to focus equally on delivery as well . The interior is very simple with white walls and wooden furniture. Whats nice though, is the fact that that the pizza oven also happens to be in the same room so you can see your pizza being made then and there.
We can't really gauge the level of service at Domenico's yet because we had the pizzas delivered. However, during our short visit we did get the chance to speak to the manager who was very polite and took the time to talk to us about the menu. Since it is a small place there isn't a requirement for a huge staff so you can expect a good level of service.
Affordable Italian pizzas aren't really something you come across quite often but Domenico's is looking to change that by offering a varied menu that caters to ''every wallet'' (their words, not mine). We think their pizzas are on par with some of Colombo's best. Seeing as how they've only been opened for two weeks, we've got high hopes.
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