Walking around Bandra can yield some pretty strange sights, but even in this neighborhood it's not everyday that you come upon a dapper British gentleman, clad in carefully creased shorts and drawing on a long wall, muttering out loud and pausing periodically to gaze at his handiwork.
He was perfectly polite when interrupted, though, welcoming us into the large, under-construction street-level space at Ambedkar Road (formerly occupied by Club IX and then Mosate) that is shaping up into a branch of Pizza Metro Pizza, a British pizza parlor set to open here at the end of July. The parlor has two outlets in London and sells pizza by the meter, as well as salads and pasta. You can view the full menu here.
Length & Bread-th
Currently, the space is decorated with bright terra cotta tiles and naked bulbs, with the above-mentioned mural sketched out on one wall. The mural, our new friend tells us, is to be the same as those in the sister restaurants, which he drew as well and now has been sent to India to replicate. When finished, it will feature a busy market scene from Naples, with Mount Vesuvius looming in the background. There is also talk of a wood fire oven, set up in an open kitchen on one side of the restaurant.
In true Bandra style, Pizza Metro Pizza has not only an expat connection but a possible Bollywood link as well: rumour has it that Juhi Chawla is one of the main partners in the Mumbai branch. Cheesy? Undeniably. But also delicious, we hope.
Getting there: Ground floor, Jharna Apartments, Ambedkar Road, Bandra (W).
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