Pizza chain restaurants like Pizza Hut and Dominos do not serve the best Pizza in its original form, taste, and texture. But besides these chains, there are pizzerias in Chennai which serve pizza in the cheesecake sense. Tuscana pizzeria with three branches serves the best pizza in Chennai. The pizza which has a running offer “Pizza of the day’ throughout the year provides an opportunity for pizza lovers to taste their varieties of pizza at rock bottom prices. However, if one opts to choose anything in the standard menu has to shell out big bucks for a mouthful.
Bella Ciao in Kottivakkam is a great place to taste different editions of pizza in a great ambiance. The open-air restaurant with huts is quite a place for a pleasant evening. The thin crust pizza with choices of toppings including original pepperoni is dining. Eagle Boys Pizza in Adyar serves singles pizzas as cheap as Rs 49 with mozzarella cheese. They are very fast in delivery as well though they deliver only to select locations. They also have a branch in IT corridor at Thoraipakkam. Pasta Land in OMR claims to serve authentic wood-fired pizza.
Eatza pizza is a revolutionary pizzeria which offers unlimited pizzas for Rs. 219. After their ambiance success in Nungambakkam, they opened their second branch in Porur near Ramachandra hospital. Rich n Creamy serves Mcbees pizza which is better than those served in popular chains. The cheese spread is very thick compared to delivery restaurants which charge extra for additional cheese and toppings. California Pizza Kitchen in Phoenix Market City, Velachery is definitely worth the wait and money. It is perhaps the costliest pizza place in Chennai. Ci Gusta in the Express Avenue and Phoenix offers to buy one get one free on all pizzas on most days.
Dominos Pizza is the most popular chain with more than 50 branches in Chennai. The once popular Pizza Corner has acquired byPapa Johns which runs about 20 branches. Pizza Republic with 10 branches is fast growing. Pizza Hut is expanding to new locations in the suburbs. Delivery restaurants usually run offers one day week, but they are very costly otherwise. Combos deals with drinks, garlic bread, and dessert can suffice for a meal. About 80% of market share is enjoyed by these chains which face little or no competition at all.
Wood-fired pizza is delivered by Tuscana and Bella Ciao. Vasco in Hilton, Little Italy, 601 at The Park hotel and Italy pizzeria operated by Malles builders also serve fresh wood-fired pizzas. For a City with 1 million in population, only a few places serve this truly Italian dish in its original taste. Many of us want pizza with Indian style toppings which actually spoils the real taste of pizza. Could you imagine pepperoni and mozzarella cheese in Dosa?. The same applies to pizza as well. However, these ten restaurants stand apart and serve pizza with toppings matching the great dish in great taste and supplement the offerings with more salads, starters and much more. Here are the franchise-best pizza places in Chennai.
Tuscana by Willy is perhaps the best Pizzeria in South India (barring few restaurants in Goa). Willy has brought in his entire experience and passion for food into Tuscana which has grown into the favorite pizza place in the City. The thin crust wood fired pizzas are served with a variety of toppings and choice of cheese. The ambiance is great though not much spacious (after all it’s located in Khader Nawaz Khan Road where rentals are too high to have a really big place). Pizza lovers should definitely drop by once and have a slice (The Pizza chains have really spoiled the real taste of pizza).
The name is truly Italian and so is the food. Bellaciao scores high with its ambiance. Located by the beach in Kottivakkam, the pizza is prepared with utmost care to serve wood-fired pizza in its original form, texture, and taste. In addition to pizzas, steaks and salads are great and filling.
Little Italy is a chain of Italian restaurants across India. Unlike the MNC chains viz. Pizzahut and Dominos pizza, Little Italy is based out of India and operates many restaurants in important big and small cities in a franchise model. In Chennai, Little Italy is open in Nungambakkam and Besant Nagar and serves delicious pizzas in a great ambiance which further adds to the experience. Also, it serves wood-fired pizzas and is 100% VEGETARIAN where it stands apart from other chains.
MNC chains price a small pan pizza at INR 100, but Sam’s pizza offers unlimited pizza buffet @ INR 199 onwards. If you are mad about pizza and would love to eat too much for one meal, then Sam’s pizza is the place to visit. Pizza isn’t that great and choices are limited though you get non-veg pizzas as well. Sam’s pizza is all about quantity and if you expect great taste then you better visit a different restaurant. The salads are really great and they have about 26 varieties of salad. Sam pizza also serves À la carte.
California Pizza Kitchen is a restaurant which serves many varieties of bread & bun based cuisine including pizza. It is open in one of the City’s most important shopping destination The Phoenix market City mall. Apart from the thin crust pizzas which make CPK stand apart, the chipotle cheese balls, cheesecake, bbq chicken salad, fajitas, and salads are some other dishes you can try out. Expect the bill around INR 1000 / person.
OMR, Chennai is swarmed by all kinds of restaurants from roadside eateries to fine dining places which serve continental cuisines. If you haven’t heard of this place called “The Farm” which is located in Semmenchery, then you have missed a great place. The place is actually an organic farm where they have set up a restaurant on the theme relaxed-dining. The workers are courteous enough to take the visitors around the farm. Coming to Pizzas, the farm serves wood-fired pizzas with a good choice of toppings and tastes great too.
Papa Johns Pizza is the only MNC chain which made into the list. Papa Johns pizza is a fine dining restaurant, unlike Dominos pizza which doesn’t care about customers and is obsessed with taking phone orders all the time. Located near Taja Coromandel, the restaurant occupies a spot notorious for many failed restaurants which closed their doors after few months of operation. Papa Johns maintains that their dough is prepared fresh which greatly differentiates their pizza from other franchisee operated chains. Great place though for those like regular pizzas (not wood-fired or thin crust).
Yalla is an Arabian themed open-air restaurant in Radisson BLU. The ambiance is not too great by Radisson standards but they serve some unique dishes not so popular and served in most restaurants in Chennai. Liquor and beer are served along with food (at extra cost). If you try to fill your stomach at Yalla Yalla, you would end up cutting a deep hole in your wallet for sure. You can try once for a difference.
Ram’s Farm is born out of a family’s passion of great pizzas which returned back home from the US. What started as a pizza backyard kitchen for the family now operates as a restaurant in the weekends All the ingredients which go into the pizza are homemade and the venture itself is not floated for making money alone (otherwise they’d operate round the clock as MNC chains do).
Cream Centre is a vegetarian restaurant which offers many varieties of dishes. The thin crust pizzas are delicious and topped with imported sauces and ingredients from Italy. Cream Centre is a Mumbai based restaurant chain which was in news big time when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar casually dropped into the restaurants and had pizzas. Apart from Pizzas, the Mexican dishes are also great and so are the deserts especially the ice creams.