A fresh look at pizzas .... Switzerland

If you have suffered through chicken tikka, paneer schezwan and spongy tasteless cheese ring pizzas then this is a post for you.

Our first lunch at Montruex when we went to the lakeside. The lake which K gave her heart to over the next few days. We came upon Ristorante Pizzeria over there. They are a pizza and pasta place with lovely cane chairs by the lake and indoor seating too. We later realised that it was a chain as we spotted them at Bern and Zurich too.

The menu was in French, I was hungry after my paper rehearsals and a bit stressed and edgy as I am when hunger pangs hit me. We couldn't make much sense of the menu till K spotted a pizza called 'Da Vinci' whose description included the word 'salami'. She rose highly in my esteem as our pizza turned out to be a fantastic work of art. As far removed from the melted cheese and tomato puree pizzas you get here as a real Tarantino film is from Kaminey. No melted cheese or pulped tomato. Firm slices of Parmesan cheese, melted blobs of buffalo mozzarella, pepperoni (not salami as we know it!), fresh cherry tomatoes and rocquette leaves. The crust was closer to a tandoori roti rather than the uniform pizza base you get here. A renaissance master piece.
I took the first bite and I knew that I would love Switzerland.

Loved it so much that we had to have it once again. And through a lovely coincidence it happened to be on the second last day of the holiday, at Zurich.

Another memorable pizza during the trip was at Grampis at Zermat. This was one of the restaurants that were open till midnight at sleepy Switzerland. It was a smoked salmon pizza where the salmon was very delicate. The cheese was melted here but very well flavoured and subtle.
Note: One advantage of having pizzas is that you can share it which helps bring down your expense in a sit down place. Didn't see any Europeans sharing dishes but most Asians were. So you know where the world's money lies.

Just to give you a price perspective. The average price of a pizza in a sit down place was 25 CHF or around Rs 1100! Individual dishes cost the same. So like Joey said, it's all about 'sharing and caring and giving'


Shivali said…
The pizzas look awesome.I am drooling here:)
the knife, your blog always leaves me hungry. and btw i had amazing thin and light pizzas at spaghetti kitchen at phoenix, and kept thinking i shd tell you. so this is a happy coincidence.
also, read your blog on your dad. beautiful.
PNA said…
Oh yes, me off to Pizza hut right away, the nearest pizza place here.....but I know there isn't any comparison...

But I love the chocolate sundae brownie they serve there, if not pizza, brownie it is...tatataaaa
Kalyan Karmakar said…
Ankita, thanks for dropping in and so am I

AGG: guilty as always :) Another coincidence would be the fact that I had started this blog two years back when i was super p@#$'ed with the service at Sphagetti Kitchen

Thanks about the post on my dad...it just happened

PNA: Pizza hut pizzas are nice but its hard to weed through the butter chicken options. I was quite disappointed with the cheese ring which they once pushed on us. Tasted like a rubber tyre. But then brownies can fix anything
I just had a similar pizza in Pittsburgh, I swear. It seemed a bit out of place amongst the rest of Pittsburgh but...
Kalyan Karmakar said…
The pizza is smaller than you think, as they say Jessica
Moonshine said…
Usually i do not like pizza too much.. find it too heavy!!!! I love the thin crust though.. and the first one looks scumptous!!!!!!!!! One person cant eat that.. you think?
Kalyan Karmakar said…
hey Moonshine the first two are the same pizza, different cities. took the first pic outdoors without the flash, second indoors with flash

ordered a slightly bigger one the second time. it was quite light and i could have had the first one by myself