The FBI of restaurants is at it again… and this time we’re headed to Leo’s Pizzeria
Delhi is forever known for its snob value when it comes to going out, be it for fine-dining, partying, or even for chill scenes. So when I heard all this buzz about a quaint place in Chattarpur serving pizzas, I was a bit surprised but also intrigued. Thus I, with a group of friends, decided to check it out on a weekday evening post work.
We reached one of the isolated by-lanes of Chattarpur after some difficulty and would have almost missed the place if it weren’t for a small lit board with the logo outside a farmhouse. There was more than enough place to park outside, which was a relief. The entrance didn’t appear like a cafe and looked more like someone’s house with a long driveway and open space.
Upon reaching, we discovered that the name and the joint are dedicated to one of the owner’s golden retriever called Leo, whose pictures adorn the walls, and the café has a special corner where you can host your canine friends as well. The decor of the place is very laid back and casual with compact fuss-free blackboard menus and long sleek wooden tables with adjacent stools, perfect for big groups or for people comfortable with sharing their dining space. If you’re looking for a cosy corner, there are a few tables on one side as well overlooking the outside porch and a workstation adjacent to a wood-fired oven, which comprises the cooking space. The menu is no-nonsense with hand rolled artisan Neopolitan pizzas, focaccia, and a couple of freshly churned juices, ice tea, coffee, and one dessert.
We ordered the focaccia, Margherita, Classic Vegetarian and Classic Pepperoni pizzas with a few drinks. One bite into the pizza and we knew what the fuss is all about; the pies were warm, succulent and juicy with nicely herbed marinara (though it got a little watery after a while which made the base soggy), and ample topping of fresh buffalo mozzarella with other locally sourced condiments. We polished off all three pizzas quickly and ended up ordering more which gave us some time to venture around and check the place, which was by then almost packed with noisy groups approving the offerings and the chill vibe. We decided to skip dessert (something very unlike me), end the meal, and opted to savour the taste of our pizza. I stepped out with a thought that if I’m in the vicinity and craving pizzas, or if I am in the mood for a brunch on a winter Sunday afternoon, I would most definitely revisit this place; perhaps with my doggo in tow.
Location & Parking: 3.5/5
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Leo’s Pizzeria (Click here for Location)
No. 2, Country Club Drive, Ghitorni, Near Pillar No 119, Delhi 110030