A perfect meal for friends and impromptu get-togethers, the pizza is an Italian delight that has found a large number of patrons across the globe. In fact, many non-European countries are so fond of it that they mark their love for the dish with a National Pizza Month dedicated to it. Originally prepared on the Italian lands of Napoli (now Naples) with Sardinian bread and Sicilian cheese, it is the coordinates of this place which gave name to this new ‘across the kitchen counter’ pizza place in town, called 1441 Pizzeria.
Apart from the intriguing name and concept, what made the place so interesting to me was the fact that this it was one of the very few not-too-esoteric places that offered pizzas prepared in a firewood oven. Too add to that, was the fact that their cheese was not just limited to mozzarella; they used authentic buffalo, cheddar and parmesan as well! Other key attractions were the unlimited toppings and fountain refills that the place offered, along with a wide range of their exotic gourmet sauces. Add all of them, and the place seemed like the perfect joint for an experimental eater!
Since I am the kind of foodie who has to have at least one barbecued dish on her platter, I decided to go in for one of their specials for the day – Roasted Potato Wedges. The dish had hints of pepper in it and was served with a sweet chilly crème sauce. To be honest, the wedges were slightly off, as the crisp wasn’t crisp enough, and the flavor failed to pierce through the core of the wedges. It did put my expectations a little off, though I decided to hold on till it was all over.
The Lebanese-Italian Pizza!
And this was the point when all the waiting did not seem like a bad idea at all! Indulging in my curious temptations, I decided to go with another one of their specials – the Hummus Pizza. Yes, they married Lebanon and Italy together, and it was one marriage where I would have definitely danced my heart out! The thin crust pizza was a perfect combination of Lebanese hummus and Italian crème cheese, bound with exotic veggies. Ideal to serve two, the pizza was a wonderful double dose of western exotica for me!
To go with the pizza, I ordered their signature beverage – the Lychee Lemonade. It was a regular lemonade with a hint of lychee juice, which added a sweetish aftertaste to the citric drink. Though its presentation was slightly basic, it went quite well with the cheesy items on my platter.
An Italian Dessert Without Hazelnut? Never!
For apart from being the 1441 best-seller it also felt like the perfect Italian dessert ever, I decided to go in for the Nutella pizza. Yes, let the mouth-watering begin! This was when the wait for the perfect flavor finally paid off. A small 7-inch pizza topped with a different fruit on each quarter, it was presented on a pizza shovel topped with icing sugar. Perfect on both presentation and flavour, the quarter with the marshmallow stole my heart away. And no, I’m not that gullible! The hot chocolate crust dissolving in the marshmallows inside my mouth was so good that it made me ecstatic.
Overall, I had a great evening! I’d say that it’s a great place for college students and newbies in the work culture, especially the ones who work from remote locations. The place had comfortable seating that was placed well in terms of distance from each other, along with (uninterrupted) WiFi! So whether it is for a wholesome Italian meal with your family, or to grab a quick bite with a friend, or perhaps, for the internet, this place is a must-try! Go. Now.