Get Quintessential Pizza at Queen Margherita’s Pizzeria, Malad | All The Deets
Orlem, Malad has an all new kitchen called Queen Margherita’s Pizzeria that flaunts a European spirit. Right from its massive open kitchen, wood-fired oven and brick walls, this cozy space looks and smells every bit like pizza-paradise.
A passion project by Pratik Agarwal, who claims to be a ‘pizza scientist’, this pizzeria is his dream venture that was long overdue. Bored of his PR job in Canada a few years ago, Pratik decided to learn the art of pizza making from Chef Alex of North of Brooklyn Pizzeria in Toronto. Pratik’s mentor Alex had learned his skills from the pizza maverick Frank Pinello of Best Pizza & The Pizza Show fame, a true legend in the pizza world. Chef Pratik has brought all his experience and passion to Queen Margherita Pizzeria and we couldn’t wait to dig in.
The chef recommended our first pick be the Cheese Garlic Bread along with a portion of Bruschetta. The garlic bread was served like a 10 inch pizza, layered generously with cheese. The bread went well with the crisp and flavoursome cherry tomato bruschetta, a delizioso start to our meal.
We sipped on a refreshing mocktail called Blue Lagoon while we watched the chef prepare the classic Margherita Pizza with his skilled technique of barely touching the dough, artistically spreading the tomato puree, basil leaves and cheese, and finally placing the pie with his peel (from Gi Metal as he proudly stated) into the wood-fired oven. Voila! The result was the sum of our finest pizza dreams. We now knew why Queen Margherita fell in love with this dish so many years ago.
Next we decided to order half a Killer Bee Pizza and half pepperoni. Sourced from Italy, the pepperoni was tender and the pizza was lightly spiced with fresh jalapeños, a must-try for all you pepperoni fans out there. After the homely edge of pepperoni pizza, the flavours of Killer Bee took us by surprise. It was topped with chorizo, pickled jalapeños and honey! A whirlwind of flavours you can go for when you’re feeling adventurous.
The Big Ol’ Birdy Pizza was our last pick and was topped with onion ringlets, fresh jalapeños and chicken. Though it turned out to be a tad salty for our liking, we’re sure they can fix this minor detail the next time. We skipped the dessert section that had tiramisu and chocolate mousse on account of being starstruck by the pizza, but we’d like to try those out on our next visit.
You know a restaurant takes its food seriously when its kitchen is larger than its seating space! They also follow a fermentation process integral for Neapolitan pizzas, giving the pizza base a char that resembles leopard skin and is thus termed as “leoparding”. The quality of the pizzas here is top notch and what’s better, these pies won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Queen Margherita’s Pizzeria brings in an element of authenticity and aces everything a quintessential pizza stands for; the perfect dough, tangy sauce, fresh toppings and delicious cheese. To sum it up, the next time you’re craving authentic pizza, you know where to go.