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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Valentine who?

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Valentine’s day has successfully made the transition from being just a ‘day’ to a full fledged festival. Love it or hate it, you simply can’t ignore it. While hindutva groups try to ‘preserve’ our Indian culture by  trying to squish out this dangerous festival-that-must-not-be-named (because it has been adopted from western culture you-know-where), their purpose is more or less lost in the ensuing chaos. Those who celebrate it still go on celebrating, those who have the “why have only one day to celebrate love?” attitude take the high road, while those who are making money out of this entire fiasco are having a jolly good laugh while jingling their money bags. So really, what is it that we are trying to achieve here?

Some debates are never ending. I like to pick and choose my battles and I don’t see any good coming out of fighting for it or fighting against it. In the end, celebrating (or not) is as much a personal choice as celebrating your birthday. So, being a fashion blogger, I did the next best thing that I could do, which is to style a couple of Valentine’s Day looks for you guys. The hot debate here is always whether wearing red has become too passé or if it’s still fashionable to be decked in hearts and reds. I would say wear whatever the hell you want. Fashion has no rules, and if black is your thing, by all means go ahead and rock that!

 Look 1

Black is usually my answer to all my outfit dilemmas, but even I couldn’t escape the mushiness in the air and I gave in to wearing my heart on my sleeve (body? torso?) for this one day. I received the cutest heart print blouse from oasap.com which was perfect for pairing over my favorite burgundy jeans. I din’t go all out ‘red’ but decided to stick to shades of it, and of course added my favorite pair of sparkly heels. This is really a fuss free, easy, day time look that doesn’t require too much planning or thought. 

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Look 2
For the second look, I still wanted to keep it simple yet dressy. Maxi skirts shall remain my absolute favorite for a long time to come. I layered a couple of gold necklaces over a crop top for a subtle dressy look. The soft and flow-y fabric of the skirt gives it a very feminine feel and although my plans for this Valentine’s day involve eating cupcakes and spending the weekend catching up on my reading, this is something that I would definitely wear for an early dinner!

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Look 1 { Jeans: Kraus | Top: oasap.com (buy here) | Shoes: Dorothy Perkinds via jabong.com }
Look 2 { Skirt: oasap (buy here) | Necklace: oasap (buy here), Top: forever21 | Clutch: NewLook via koovs.com | Shoes: jabong.com }

Sand in my feet

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The last month of the year always seems rush by at an abnormally fast pace. It feels like sand slipping away from between your toes. The more you try to dig your feet deep inside, the next wave comes, washing away the sand from beneath your feet. Probably my entire life itself feels that way. Always running, never a pause. But with time I’ve come to accept that feeling, if not enjoy it. There are moments when the rush leaves me all giddy and exhilarated but there are also moments when I am scrambling around to find a pause button.This was an impromptu photo shoot on one such day when I hit pause. Took a day off, went for a drive, pushed back life and all of it’s pending decisions to be made and just let go! Need to make time for more such days in the coming year!

Jeans: Levis | Tshirt: Marks & Spencers | Blazer: oasap.com (here) | Bag: c/o Max fashion |
 Shoes: Catwalk
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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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Comfort dressing

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So it’s finally ‘goodbye summer’. I think. Being in India and particularly in Hyderabad you can never completely bid goodbye to summer, but in the hope of that elusive monsoon which should have arrived by now – one can try. I’ve gotten so used to ‘comfort dressing’ this summer that I am finding it hard to let go of it! With the rains playing hide and seek, and with alternating days of humid weather, I very much prefer to stick to this uniform. Who knew that one day I would turn my back on my favorite skinny jeans and instead go for ‘the baggier the better’! We all have those phases don’t we? Palazzos and me are a match made in heaven. I just might say the same thing about studded shoes, maxi skirts, books and coffee or a beach vacation. No one ever said there should be only one match made in heaven 😉
Well as long as the phase lasts.. I am happy to indulge!

p.s: I turn an year older today but I just don’t feel it. Perfectly normal right?

Palazzos: Jabong.com | Tee: Maxfashion | Necklace: persunmall.com | Sandals: Lavie 

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Road trip to Kuntala falls

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About a month back we went on a short one day road trip to Kuntala falls near Hyderabad. It’s a really nice place to go right after the monsoons and the drive to the place is fabulous thanks to the superb roads. There are 408 steps to climb down, (and climb back up which conveniently slips out of your mind when going down) to reach the falls. A few km from this place is Pochera falls, which is also worth seeing mainly because there’s no climbing up/down to do there 🙂
I digging through my photo archives when I found these pictures. I guess my ever present need for a travel holiday made me gravitate towards these! Sometimes I find candid clicks a refreshing change from outfit posts. Hope you enjoy them too!

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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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

Weekend wedding snapshots

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Time gives us the best gift of all – the reassurance that every hard moment in life, when you feel there is no way out, will pass on. Its something that we all know – time waits for none. But in ‘those moments’ its hard to believe that you’ll ever feel different, or that you’ll ever feel happy again. It’s hard to believe that you’ll ever regain control over the chaos. So much so that you just feel stuck. Helpless. Worthless. Seconds become hours and hours become weeks. Time stands still, but not in a good way. But the fact is that it will pass on. What could be a greater reassurance than that?

It’s so simple yet so hard. But it’s possible. You just need to hold on long enough for it to pass on. Off late this is the only reassurance that I seem to need, to not back down. Hold on – with all you’ve got.

Day 1: Spent chilling at my aunt’s home.
Evening reception

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Day 3: Shopping & beach

Day 4: Chilling at home again!

…and enjoying the rain!

I did not have any time to take outfit pics, what with me falling sick and wondering if i’ll even be able to make it to the wedding. But I managed somehow! It’s no secret that I absolutely love wearing sarees and unlike many people I find it super easy to tie a saree on my own. Simple and elegant are the only two things I look for in a saree and I completely stay away from those heavy bilng-y ones. Not my style at all! So which is your favorite? The mustard & black or the red? 

Come to life in a picture

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They will tell you that Monday mornings are always blue. But if all that you can see is a rainbow, I say paint it in how many ever vibrant shades you want – the more the better.  They’ll tell you that it’s just a mirage but you’ll show them. They’ll tell you how life “should be looked at” – the obvious choices, the beaten path, the same old storyline. They’ll try to rub their own insecurities onto you and pass them off as your own. They show their displeasure at how their dreams have crumbled by ridiculing yours. But you are a fire breathing dragon, so breathe fire into your dreams. Because it’s not a fantasy. It’s a dream and its yours.

They might not understand, but it’s not your job to make them. It’s your job to have faith and go on climbing. They might say many-a-things, but those are mere reflections of the defeated lost soul riding in them. Take a chance, make a change and breakaway. Keep at it, because the results are a special kind of gift that come from embracing all the chaos. When you see your dream flourish, when you feel that bolt of warmth – fierce with joy and pride and gratitude, you know you are on the right track.

Believe in miracles. Even when you stop believing in them. Because they’ll happen in a way you never saw coming, they usually do. Because you’ll find a way to make them happen yourself. Because you’ll shape it, mould it, give it meaning. Because you are young, full of love, full of life.

Because you come to life even in a picture.

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Jeans: Kraus | Top:Paper scissors(Sydney) | Blazer:Gift from sis  | Shoes: Ruby shoes (Sydney) | Necklace: random shop | Cuff: Accessorize
Coincidentally, the last time I wore this jeans, I wrote a similar ‘philosophical’ kinda post. Even though the theme sort of sounds the same, the styling couldn’t be more different. Last time it was white and stripes and chambray, whereas this time I went with all dark hues.. or as they say ‘winter colors’ except that we are not having much of a winter here! 
In other news, the people from jabong did a little feature on me. The joy of finding your name in print is unparalleled! Do give it a read here 🙂