Nairobi Pizza Festival Week

Hi guys,

First official post. Whoop. 🙂 I have amazing stuff planned for yall with this blog so be on the watch. Its funny how I hadnt really thought about doing a Pizza Fest post until after the week was done.

Anyway, for those that know me, they can testify that i love food; particularly fatty food. (haha). Im not exactly the most heathly person (unfortunately) and for that reason you can understand why pizza would be one of my all time favourites, under cake ofcourse.

Now you can imagine the psyche I had as I waited for Pizza Festival Week as this was good time to try out 2 for 1 pizzas from different pizza joints. Ofcourse with that in mind, I wasnt only going to go to one participating restaurant; that would be a waste; at least 5 would be good. Well guess what, I beat my expectation by going to six restaurants; three of which I hadnt been too before.

My love for pizza is so real, that on two days during the week, i went for pizza twice – late lunch and dinner. I think its safe to say im a pizza addict now. 🙂 🙂

However I do wish more restuarants (especially the not so popular ones) participated in the festival as this would have given people more motivation to try out new pizza joints. Im sure there are a number of restaurants that offer good pizza that didnt make the list of participants. Shame!

CAFE VIENNA – Tuesday 27th

Cafe Vienna, previously known as Dr Oekter was always a restuarant I had seen everytime I would go to Nakumatt Ukay; but had never been too. So I went there expecting the small portable food truck at the entrance, however with the renovation of Nakumatt Ukay came the reconstruction and movement of cafe vienna into a spacious area that was previously occupied by phone express and fruit and vegetables section of Nakumatt. I love its new look.

Seeing that I went to Cafe Vienna for a 10am meeting; this meant morning pizza. Yes thats right, I had pizza for breakfast. Haha. And to our benefit we got a SPECIAL pizza (that was not part of the offer); just because we were the first customer of the day. Lol. Their pizzas were only 700; very very reasonable considering its two for one pizza so basically I paid 350 for my pizza whilst my friend paid another 350.

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LA DOLCE VITA – Thursday 29th

After my initial pizza festival lunch plans were canceled by my date (you know yourself, hahahaha), I called up one of my other friends (Kanyua) who I knew was craving pizza. She had been to La Dolce Vita before, but not for their pizza so this was the perfect opportunity to try out their Italian pizza.

Located at Muthaiga Mini Market, (also known as Muthaiga Shopping Centre) where I have been several times, it was my first time to set foot in this restuarant. The set up and decor of the indoor section of the restuarant (which is where we sat) was exquisite; made me feel almost as if i had gone for a dinner date. Mind you, we were there for late lunch. 🙂

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If i remember right, their pizzas were Ksh 1050, which was about just over Ksh 500 each, but the size compensated because they were rather huge.

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MAMBO ITALIA – Thursday 29th

Still not satisfied with pizza for the day, I made dinner plans with a couple of friends at the Mambo Italia; the one at Lavington Curve. The last time I was there was actually Nairobi Restaurant Week; clearly these EatOut Kenya yearly food offers are my thing. Hehe.

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Ofcourse our pizzas which went for Ksh 980 for two; had to be accompanied with their cocktails, which are rather good. 🙂

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SPRING VALLEY OVEN – Friday 30th

Since I wasnt feeling like eating in a restuarant but ofcourse I was still craving pizza, Spring Valley Oven became my no.1 choice as they were one of the few restuarants participating in Nairobi Pizza Festival that were offering take away. As well as it was a restaurant within the Westlands environs as I didnt want to drive too far in search of take away pizza.

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Spring Valley Oven is another restaurant I had driven past several times but had never been too. Its located in Spring Valley (hence its name) on Lower Kabete Road. Just like Cafe Vienna, their pizza price was rather reasonable; at Ksh 800.

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ARTCAFFE – Saturday 1st 

A lovely chilled out saturday afternoon calls out for a large plate of pizza. These were our sentiments after my friend (Angie) and I felt the hunger kick in after we were done on set with the pre-recording of Victoria’s Lounge (oh yeah, we were guests on the show). Anyway, two for one pizza really seemed like a plan and considering we didnt want to leave the environs of Lavington, it was between Pizza Mojo, Mambo Italia (had already been there), Meditttereneo and ofcourse Artcaffe; to which Artcaffe seemed like the best option at that time.

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Their pizza price ranged at about 1200; the most expensive out of all the six restaurants I had been too.

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DEBONAIRS – Saturday 1st 

When hunger hits you at late hours, the easiest thing to get is pizza take away; well thats how we (we being a bunch of friends and I) felt after the realization that there was no food available at my friends house and none of us was willing to cook. Ofcourse, I being the pizza fanatic willingly volunteered to drive to Debonairs after we called them and they informed us they werent doing delivery during pizza festival week. Really?

Now we ordered the standard pizza priced at Ksh 1000 thinking it would be a moderate size that would satisfy 4 hungry souls.  Unfortunately for us, the standard size looked so much like the small size. I dont even understand why they called it standard. Lol.

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Hope you enjoyed reading about my pizza fest experience.

Apologies for the inconsistent picture quality though. Haha. I used my Iphone to take the shots and clearly the lighting and angles werent the best in some. But anyway, at least you get an idea of how the pizza looked.

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Enjoy your week.

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