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The humble pizza may have started life in Napoli but it has ended up in Nepal. The pizzerias of Kathmandu have heated up their ovens and we're giving you a sneak peek at the amazing toppings coming out of ovens all over town.
Hyatt Regency, Boudha
Mondays and Tuesdays are pizza and pasta days at the Hyatt. Covered with organic herbs and vegetables straight from the hotel's garden, each slice is loaded with flavour. For those who didn't know that a pizza could be folded up like a pie, the calzone is a unique experience. The smoked chicken pizza is also a speciality.
Price range: Rs 600-800
Roadhouse Caf?, Thamel,
Pulchok and Bhatbhateni
One of the first places to offer pizzas baked in wood-fired ovens, Roadhouse Caf? has traditional ovens that add a rich, smoky taste to the pizza. The quiet and quaint Nepaliness of the restaurants make them popular with both Nepali families and tourists. A major selling point is the speed with which the pizza arrives at your table. Try the grilled vegetable pizza or the four cheese version.
Price range: Rs 250-415
Ciao Ciao, Thamel
Price range: Rs 120-295
Fire and Ice, Thamel
Fire and Ice offers genuine Napolitana pizza. Established in 1995, this was one of the first pizzerias in Kathmandu. So good is its reputation that the name is now synonymous with pizza, and the tables are usually packed. There are dozens of pizzas to choose from, but we recommend the paesane?a combination of mozzarella, spinach, courgette and bacon.
Price range: Rs 260-370
Himalayan Java, Thamel
While it may be better known as Kathmandu's most happening coffee place, Java's 12-inch Italian-style thin-crust pizzas are quite something too. Among the varieties on offer is the local topping of chicken sadheko pizza.
Price range: Rs 225-455
Alfresco, Soaltee Crowne Plaza
Price: Rs 395
New York Pizza, Kupondole
One of the few to offer a home delivery service, New York Pizza specialises in huge thick crust American pizzas which would appeal to those with hearty appetites. There's even a monster 22-inch version. Customers can choose from a variety of 12 toppings and the bronzed and bubbling results show up in traditional nanglos.
Price range: Rs 180-1,500. Home delivery: Rs 50 extra.
The music never stops at Moksh and the fire in the pizza oven rarely goes out either. The Italian-style pizzas are the favoured item on the menu, and Moksh regulars rate the salami pizza best of all. If you're too lazy to go to them, they will come to you?for a charge.
Price range: Rs 110-450 plus delivery charge.