7 best pizza delivery places in Hyderabad

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Italian happens to be one of my favorite cuisines and any city that I go to, I never fail to explore the options it has to offer, for some of the best pizzas and pastas. When I went to Italy a few years back, I had a chance to try out authentic Italian dishes and that obviously set the bar pretty high up when it came to searching for options back home. But over the past couple of years, I did manage to find many tiny places that offer their own version of Italian and although it can never match up to what I had in Italy, they come pretty close in second place!

The best part about all these places is that they have home delivery in Hyderabad! So next time you are faced with the “Hungry Kya?” question, you know where to look.

Flying spaghetti monster
Away from the main road, and almost invisible, this place serves some of the best Italian cuisine in Hyderabad. It is easily one of the places that I frequent the most. The ambiance is great, the staff are friendly and the food is yummy!
Place: Jubilee hills
Most popular: Sicilia pizza, blueberry cheesecake
Price: Rs.1650 for two people

Italian Pizza
A tiny place on the Old Bombay highway and almost looking like a shack, this place offers a totally different pizza experience from the regular chains like Dominoes and Pizza hut. It’s easy on the pocket and though they have a small menu, they have some delicious toppings.
Place: Kondapur
Most popular: La-Provincale – Roasted eggplant, mushrooms and capsicum
Price: Rs.450 for two people

Pizza Den
This is one place that you will find to be always crowded. It’s been there since years, although they have shifted locations frequently. It is definitely a hidden gem which I stumbled across years back and since then it has permanently been on my frequently-visited list. They have yummy tasty pizzas in a slightly Desi version and friendly service. 
Place: Trimulgherry
Most popular: Mexican hot pepper
Price: Rs.250 for two people 

Lazzio – the pizzaria
This is one of the only all vegetarian pizza places that I know in Hyderabad. It is a cozy and small space with the feel of a roadside eatery/cafe. It is definitely value for money and you get good food for that price. The ambiance too is cute and well decorated. 
Place: Madhapur
Most popular: Thin crust gourmet pizza. Pasta in pink sauce.
Price: Rs.400 for two people

Viva Italia 
Located in the popular white house building, this is another budget friendly place that’s a must visit. It is most popular for the live counter and the thin crust pizzas that they make. The ambiance is not great but the moment the food arrives you’ll soon forget the surroundings. It is also one of the best places to be ordering home delivery from. The only regret about this place would be as to why you finished the pizza so soon!  
Place: Begumpet
Most popular: Pasta aglio olio, chicken salami pizza
Price: Rs. 500 for two people

Over the flames
Another place for casual dining, and tasty thin crust pizzas. This is sort of an underground place tucked away in a building, but any conclusions that you draw from the appearance is going to fade away once you taste their wood fired pizzas. Every pizza on their menu is good! Specially the thin crust ones. 
Place: Gachibowli
Most popular: Every pizza on the menu is good!
Price: Rs.700 for two people

Mama Mia Italia
Saved one of my favorite places for the last! This tiny place is easily one of the best and most authentic in the entire city. The crust always feels fresh and soft, the staff are friendly and even give you a little tour of their wood fire oven, for which this place is famous. The prices are on the affordable side and it’s a must do if you are in Hyderabad!
Place: Sainikpuri
Most popular: Veggie delight, arabiatta, Italian chicken pizza
Price: Rs.500 for two people 
 

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Delicious Days: Flying Spaghetti Monster

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There are some places that are tucked away in little corners of streets that you pass by without a glance, only to realize one day what you have been missing so far! The Flying Spaghetti Monster has easily become one of my favorite Italian places in the city. It’s not right on the main road which makes parking convenient and gives the impression of a nice and quite locale.

To start off, the decor is just how I like it – simple and minimalistic. It has a rustic-industrial-furniture vibe to it. Huge glass windows make sure there is plenty of light and make the space seem airy and big. The menu is completely entertaining, in terms of the choice of food and witty one liners here and there. A lot of choice in vegetarian + good sense of humor = win! (And how cool is the name?). The owner seemed to be a really nice person, who was constantly interacting with the customers, recommending dishes and making sure they were comfortable and that the food was up to their expectations. I like people who put in their heart and soul and then a little more into their ventures, so a big +1 from me!

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The place doesn’t serve any alcohol and it’s a completely smoke-free zone (yay!). I ordered a nojito and it was the best one I have ever had! A little sour, a little minty and yummy! I think I’ve finally found a place with the perfect thin crust pizzas. I never knew pizza could taste so good even after it has gone cold after an hour! We ordered Sicilia – a thin crust pizza with sun dried tomatos, mushrooms, basil and chili oil and it was absolutely delicious! Next up was a creamy pasta with broccoli and bell peppers cooked in Napoli sauce. We were a wee bit skeptical about this but went with the chef’s recommendation and it was just as tasty.
I really wanted to try their desserts but was completely stuffed by then. The no-bake blueberry cheesecake sounded promising. Another one I wanted to try was ‘The Bomb’ and its description goes something like this – ‘we don’t want to bother describing it. If you love chocolate, this desert will blow you away. Or your money back. Not really. But hey where is your sense of humor?’
Now I know where I am heading every time I crave Italian food! And this time including dessert! 🙂

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Delicious days: Thea Bar & Kitchen

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Looking at me nobody believes that I am a foodie. Mostly because people have a totally wrong notion about what a ‘foodie’ means. It doesn’t mean you need to pig out at every meal. Doesn’t mean you have to overload on junk food all the time. Doesn’t mean that you have to be in the mood to eat at any given instant. And lastly it has nothing to do with a person being fat or thin! It is more of an ardent and refined taste, more of a hobby than just eating out of hunger or convenience (that’s what wikipedia says!)

I love exploring new joints, tasting different cuisines and experimenting with my choice of dishes. I am always up for trying something new and exciting. Since I end up going to a different place almost every weekend, I thought it would be fun to document some of the places that I really enjoyed because of the ambience and food.

Thea Bar and Kitchen is this really cozy place on Road no: 82 in Filmnagar. Although the cuisine says Mediterranean, I mostly found it to be a mix of Italian, Chinese and Indian! But after a few bites of food, you’d be ready to call it Timbuktu cuisine for all you cared, ‘coz the food is really that delicious! We started with Mongolian panneer, which true to its name looked quite confusing but tasted fabulous! It was basically panneer with sweet chilli sauce, with just the right amount of tangy and spicy. Why they had to name it Mongolian.. I have no idea! Next up, was stuffed roasted mushrooms – button mushrooms stuffed with cheese, chilli flakes, jalapenos and roasted – served with a dip. It was more on the spicy side but other than that, it was equally tasty.

For the main course it was Hong Kong fried noodles. Another weird name for a chinese item that has nothing to do with being mediterranean! I love my veggies and this had a good helping of almost every vegetable – crispy and fried to perfection. They also have a wide variety of pastas and risottos, which I definitely plan on trying next time. Its a cozy place with delicious food. Don’t go expecting mediterranean food (I think there are a couple of dishes with eggplant but that’s about it!). But do expect delicious food (whatever the cuisine), friendly staff, quick service and a quite and lovely ambience.

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Indian kaffe express

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When you can’t afford to take long and expensive holidays, weekend getaways are the best. If only I could hop, skip, jump and end up at exotic locations like Greece or Spain as and when I wanted! It’s good to dream but equally important to know when to stop and get on with living in the present. So until I can make that happen on my own terms, I am perfectly satisfied with any number of mini-vacations, as long as I get to travel somewhere!

A vacation to Pondy makes sense only if you are planning on staying over for at least four days, out of which you are willing to properly eat out for at least… well… four days! Pondy offers a lot in terms of different cuisines and cozy cafes. The beaches are okay but the main focal point is on the food. Two of my favorite places, without a doubt are the Indian Kaffe Express and Cafe Xtasi. The former for pancakes, crepes and parathas (they are to die for!) and the latter for their fire wood oven pizzas.

It’s on a calm street away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For some reason it’s never crowded when am there, except for one or two people tucked away in a corner sipping a drink and reading a book. Calm and peaceful with tasteful interiors and mouth watering food – no wonder I love it!

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Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

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Indian Kaffee express, pondicherry, cafes, restaurants

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Outfit details in previous post

Golden hues

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Winter makes me one lazy cat. I literally curl up with a blanket and a book or laptop all weekend long, only getting up for the essentials – hot coffee, the courier guy at the door and the promise of italian food + outfit shoot. I’ve been spending most of my free time indoors glued to my laptop watching a marathon of 2 broke girls (I’m in love with that show) and a good mix of French and Iranian movies. In between all this I’ve also indulged in some retail therapy for the first time this year. Can you believe that? I’ve almost completely stopped shopping in malls thanks to so many new online stores, which not only have much better stuff that what you’d find in malls, but also spare you from the crowds and the entire process of having to try on everything. So am totally loving the current crop of new Indian online stores like missflurrty, donebynone, stylholic etc. About time they came up! And since am a girl of few words (some would attribute even that to laziness), you will finish reading this post in about 20sec. I wore this outfit to lunch on Saturday. Nothing like a slouchy sweater to comfortably dig into food.. the kind that makes you feel so full and content and drowsy all at the same time on a warm winter afternoon! 🙂

p.s: For those who asked (or din’t), my next travel post will be coming soon.

That’s the best possible ‘super model’ pose that I can do! hehe
Dust gold sweater: Gifted by sis | Jeans: Levis | Skull scarf: RedLorry via jabong  | Bracelet: H&M | Shoes: Steve madden

Fitness and Health: Workout – The Start

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So its been a month since I decided to make fitness a part of my everyday life (I was a lazy as hell before that) and as promised here is the post! I have a naturally lean body and I don’t tend to put on weight at all, so this is only going to be about basic fitness, toning up muscle, increasing stamina and endurance.

How I started:
My first instinct was to join a gym, have a personal trainer and go into full-on fitness mode. It took me only a single visit to decide that I din’t need their ‘services’. Here I am trying to make them understand that all I needed was to improve my stamina, and they were busy shoving ‘packages’ and promising me so many ‘kilos’ per month. O-kay. 
So I headed back home and took the help of trusty ‘ol google, a couple of books and my mom (who is my nutrition expert). After researching and reading a lot, and trying out what I read for a couple of days I chalked out a plan for myself based on my body type, my lifestlyle habits and a whole lot of other things.
Body type: Lean, long limbs, no tendency to put on weight easily.
What I lack: Stamina (so that was my #1 target)
What I started with:
It really doesn’t matter at what time you choose to exercise (early mornings or evenings) as long as you get some sort of exercise done during your day. I am all stiff-jointed in the mornings, so I only stick to exercises that allow me to stretch, like yoga.
Mornings: Yoga, light cardio (like jumping rope, brisk walking)
Evenings: Free weights exercises
                 Day 1: Upper body – Arms, shoulders, chest and abs
                 Day 2: Lower body – Back, Lower back, legs and abs(again)
                 (Repeat the same on alternate days)

What I learnt:

  • First two days are always the hardest 
  • Until it becomes a strong habit you need to revolve the rest of your life around your fitness routine (Finish my workout and then go out/Meet friends an hour later so I can finish my workout. Basically postpone anything that interferes with my workout!) and not the other way around.
  • Its more important to listen to your body than to stick to the same routine.
  • Never try any exercise or workout schedule or diet just because it worked for someone else
  • Cardio is a MUST. Just because you are thin and people say cardio is mainly for shedding calories and fat, doesn’t mean its not for you. The intensity can be moderated depending on what you are targeting (weight loss/weight gain/stamina)
  • Extremely important to warm-up and cool-off (I skipped doing it a couple of times and almost had a sprain)
  • Its important to have rest days but I don’t have any ‘fixed’ rest days. Depends on how tired I am feeling.
  • I need constant change in life. I strongly dislike routine. I discovered this applies even to my workout. I keep trying to include/exclude exercises to keep things interesting (I pick and choose from the pool!)

What I use:
Exercise/Yoga mat
2kg dumbbells
(Yes that’s all! Now that one month is up, am thinking of including an exercise ball)

Next post(s): Diet and food, Workout details.
                    

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Delicious days: Mahabhalipuram Cafes

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I have some sort of inexplicable magnetic pull towards beaches. I could sit and stare at the sea for hours without getting bored. And surprisingly even the hot, humid, coastal weather doesn’t seem to bother me anymore. Add to that some delicious food and am in heaven.

Seaside restaurants are my favorite! Luckily such options were plenty for me over the last year.These pics were shot at Radison Blu (a five star luxury resort) which was the last thing I expected to find in the ancient little town of Mahabhalipuram. It was cloudy drizzly morning, but even a hurricane couldn’t have stopped us from going and attacking their breakfast spread, which, needless to say was yummy-licious!

But more than this, the cozy little Indo-french cafes and restaurants are a must visit in Mahabhalipuram. So if you ever head that way visit…

Le Yogi – for their pasta and sizzlers (both veg and non-veg)
La pizzeria de mama – for their chilly potato and pizza with eggplant
Sunrise Cafe – for their cheese omelet and gobi (cauliflower) with white sauce

…My top three favorites!

The decor has a very rustic-thatched roof-paper lantern vibe. Very exotic and chic.. You can kick back and relax with a game of scrabble or uno, which are provided by them.

And while I dream of all those amazing dinners and brunches I had there and get all weepy.. you can enjoy the pics below!

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Holiday foods.

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What is the one thing that you indulge in when on a vacation, no matter where you go? FOOD!
Whether its a relaxing spa holiday or an action packed adventure spots holiday, you need to indulge in some wine and dine or a power packed breakfast accordingly.

Over the years, unknowingly I seem to have clicked a lot of ‘food pictures’ in all the places that I’ve visited. Sometimes it was a hearty breakfast at a hotel, at other times it was a quick stop for lunch on the highway while driving through a city or making do with whatever simple vegetarian meals we could find at a nearby cafe.

Some of the memorable few out of the hundreds that I’ve clicked.

1) Hotel Eliza – Prague, Czech
I absolutely loved the breakfast here!

2) After a long day of walking, museums, shopping – at a road side bistro in Florence

3) Quick stop on the highway en route to Stuttgart, Germany

4) Thai food – Bern, Switzerland

5) More pasta and pizza – Florence, Italy
6) And when all other options fail.. its fresh fruits to the rescue!…

7)…. or you forage for food in the local super market all the while trying to determine whether what you are holding is vegetarian or not!

8) Some days you make do with a bag of potato chips, bread and some read-to-eat dal and curry packets that you’ve got from home!

9) Baked beans, potato and vegetables – picnic on the highway!

10) Even now I am not entirely sure what this was. All I know is its some sort of soup and its vegetarian!

11) Potato and rice! 

Yummy pancakes! – Sydney, Australia

….with plums and cherry..

Coffee on the go…

and then some of our very own, good ‘ol pani puri!

p.s : I repeat again, I try my best to reply back to each and every comment but sometimes its just not possible (because I am only human, despite what I sometimes seem to project ;)). Apologies if I miss a few here and there! I assure you its not intensional!
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Pani Puri anywhere… feels like home :)

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Just finished an awesome round of pani puri, before that some roasted corn with a dash of lemon, and before that apple and cinnamon muffins freshly baked at home. Ha! Am totally pigging out over here! After ten days of a lot of walking and driving and going around… the lazy holiday has started! The only difference is that… ummm… well… not much of a difference really! I was gorging on food while travelling around too.

Completely stuffed my mouth!

So yes, we just finished a round of some yummy pani puri (I don’t miss home at all!) and now watching a really great tv show called ‘Better Homes and Gardens’. Most of you might know about it, but its the first time am seeing it and I’ve picked up some amazing tips and cute girly ideas for re-vamping my bedroom and closet!

And here are a few pics from our trip to the Blue Mountains in Sydney (They dont look blue to me though). It was a hot hot hot day, so it was a real treat when we  reached the waterfalls after a jaw dropping 15min cable car ride!
The walkway that you can see behind me (monkey business!)
The ride back was in the steepest most scary train ride ever! It moves at an almost vertical angle at an astonishing speed, right through the forest on the hills. The brave people that we are, we concluded that it would be more fun (and scary) to travel UP the hill. Result? The seats are tilted backwards, and there is really no form of seat-belt kind of protection. We were thrown forward and all we could do was hold on and scream as we were shooting up from the gound right into the sky (felt like that!).
Ended the day with a picnic at the Napean Reservoir – a lake, a picnic spot, a fishing spot, a swimming spot for families.

Cooking – My new found talent!

Food
I am inspired!
With all the wonderful feedback from my lovely followers and my family, who actually tasted the dishes i cooked,(am talking about the ones i made here) i decided to continue my cooking for the next three days… Am actually enjoying it! Who knew i was a natural at cooking eh? Its always nice to discover good things about yourself 🙂

Baby Corn and Capcicum curry
Aloo Methi (Potato with Fenugreek)

Bottle Gourd Gravy curry

My favourite of the three? Baby Corn and Capcicum. I love baby corn and i loved the way it turned out!
Cooking can be fun… when you are doing it for fun… and not at the end of an exhaustive day!

Have a great weekend!