We aren’t the biggest fans of mall dining although we love to discover independent food chains after a shopping spree than carrying a beeper in an over-crowded food court or sitting inside a popular chain where dining is busy and impersonal. 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria at Deira City Centre is situated between hugely standard favorites in the likes of Chili’s, Hatam etc. but thankfully it is making a mark to stand out from other pizza joints in the region. It is just one of those pizza chains, I can honestly say, I’ve begun to love.
At 800 Degrees, every item on the menu is fully customisable to your own taste- which means you select a normal or gluten free crust, choose your own base from the menu and add a variety of toppings ranging from different cheeses, vegetables, meat and seafood. Or you can pick up a pizza from their signature selection if you are feeling a bit lost, but the staff is always so ever helpful if you ever get stuck making a choice. Additionally, you can even tailor-make your salads and pastas too, which only makes your dining experience so much more fun!
You can either walk up to the counter to choose your ingredients or place an order at the table. Making an effort to physically go to the counter will reward you in watching a pizzaiolo doing his best dough flapping antics before the sauce is swirled and toppings are tossed for a perfect wood-fired pizza. Little A got an extra privilege to be on the other side while the staff (patiently) assisted him in making his own pizza from the scratch. I stood there watching while he made some simple choices of adding basil, corn, mushrooms, chicken, mozzarella and peppers with a bold pick of roasted garlic pods for a basic yet flavorful pizza that got ready in their traditional wood oven without having to wait for more than 2 minutes.
For me, I customized my spaghetti with a marinara sauce, sun dried tomatoes, burrata and peppadew peppers with all the flavors complimenting each other so wonderfully. Burrata, as suggested by our server, was a bonus literally!
Although I’ve read that pizzas at 800 Degrees is more American style than an authentic Neapolitan, I love the fact how it gets us involved with our food and we get a rendition of a Neapolitan pizza designed specifically to our own taste. The staff and prices sincerely left us impressed, making it one of our most enjoyed restaurant experiences in a mall. It is a great place to hang out with friends or bring family over for a nice meal as the dishes come in generous portions. And we are so sure it is going to become one of our sought after pizza joints in UAE.
So next time you are shopping in Deira City Centre, you know you need to head to level 2 and ask for 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria at the information desk for a relaxed family meal.
Location : Level 2, Deira City Centre.