With hundreds of shops, attractions and activities, a fun day out at Mall of the Emirates may leave you in need of a refuel. And what better way to feast than with a mouth-watering pizza at one of Dubai’s newest restaurants, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza.
Located in the mall’s new extension, you might sniff out the tempting scents of just-baked pies before you even reach the restaurant.
The space is bright and airy with monochrome checkerboard floors. White subway tiles line the walls and a colossal wood fired pizza oven stands proud in the corner of the restaurant.
Whether you’re visiting solo or in a large group, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza has plenty of seating for all.
The vibe is relaxed and casual with wooden tables filled with families, couples and teenagers alike. Everyone is welcome here and no reservation needed, but be prepared to occasionally wait in line on weekends – it’s well worth it!
The restaurant allows visitors to pick from the menu or personalise their own pizza with a generous choice of ingredients ranging from nine types of cheese to dozens of meats and veggies. A choice of three crusts are also available; Original Neapolitan, thin or gluten-free.
We opted for the Capricciosa (Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, artichokes, mushrooms, kalamata olives and rosemary turkey) along with the Bufalina (Buffalo Mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, Olive Oil and fresh basil) both on a traditional Original Neapolitan crust.
The dishes were quick to the table and arrived steaming hot out of the oven.
Let’s start with the handmade crust, which we discovered was made using flour from the ancient Molino Caputo in Naples – it arrived crispy on the outside and chewy on the middle with plenty of dough.
The pizza base was thin and firm, perfect for layering on lots of toppings, while the sauce was smooth, tangy and bursting with ripe tomatoes. One bite in and we were impressed.
All of the ingredients are, as expected, high quality and full of flavour, especially the creamy mozzarella cheese topped with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
If like us your eyes are bigger than your belly, try one of 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza’s tasty starters, side dishes or salads. We recommend ordering a pile of sharing plates, such as the feta cheese bread, cherry tomato and pesto burrata and meatballs sprinkled with cheese.
800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is located in Mall of the Emirates. Call 800 DEGREES for more information, or visit http://www.malloftheemirates.com/dining