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Arcade Bar Pizzeria

My personal highlight: Easy and comfy place to enjoy a homemade Neapolitan pizza with fresh ingredients

Recently I published an article on the 3 top pizzerias in Zurich. Today I am happy to add this new spot to the list. Arcade Pizzeria located at Birmensdorferstrasse 67 in front of the train station Wiedikon. Read more why this spot made it on my favorite pizzeria list.

Simple and genuine taste – Start your meal with some bruschette miste

The ambience at Arcade Restaurant is comfy and spacious. Simone the owner makes you feel very home with his attentive manner. Giulio is the Pizzaiolo that creates the yummy authentic Neapolitan Pizza for you. I love the fact that the space offers a view into the kitchen and the counter, where the pizza’s are created.

On the menu you find selected genuine products from Italy. Giulio shares with me the secret of real tasty stracciatella: it’s made fresh à la minute, by using a burrata ! The mozzarella di bufala comes from the region of Campania, famous for the best mozzarella in the world!

Their pizza dough uses traditional 96-hours of bulk fermentation, this is why you digest it absolutely easy. The crust of the pizza was excellent, not too soft and chewy. One of the best ever had in combination with the fresh tomato sauce.

Beside pizza you can choose of home made pasta, meat or fish. I had a very light and fresh salad with fennel and Sicilian Oranges spiced up with some really delicious seeds of dried fruits and extra virgin olive oil.

What to try beside pizza?

Next time I’ll be there I will be curious to try the “Raviolone with ricotta di bufala, spinaci”, burro & salvia or the Fettuccine porcini with truffle and saffron. I absolutely recommend to try their home made bread with mushrooms, it’s fingerlicking!

The prices are in super relation for what you get. Starters as of 7 CHF, Pizza as of 17 CHF

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday:  12:00 – 14:00 / 18:00 – 22:00, Sunday: closed.

Address:  Arcade Pizzeria, Birmensdorferstrasse 67 – 8004 Zürich

www.arcadepizzeria.ch

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Pizza is not equal Pizza – Have you ever tried a Neapolitan Pizza with bufala mozzarella or other quality toppings? What makes the difference? A slice of history for you!

Where everything began – the invention of Margherita Pizza

Back in time the ancient Greeks were the first one topping flatbreads with tasty ingredients. The term ‘pizza’ came up near Rome or Naples (depending on who you like to trust) around 1000 AD. This is why we differentiate between Neapolitan and Roman Pizza. Later more about this. By the 18th century, pizza had become a cost-effective way of feeding the peasantry. The Italians discovered a new fruit brought over from the New World. So easily the humble tomato made its way onto this traditional flatbread. We are all happy about this accident, since than the Pizza is desired on the whole planet. We cannot think it out of our plates.

Queen Margherita and King Umberto back in 1889 influenced their personal Chef to create a Pizza showing the Italian flag. The green comes with the basil, the red with the tomatoes and the white by using mozzarella. He named the pizza after the monarch, that is how we got today’s Margherita pizza !

What is an authentic Neapolitan Pizza

Most know a pizza with a thin-to-medium crust and soil, this is the so called Roman Pizza. It tends to be crunchier than the pizza in Naples. Roman-style dough is typically left to rise for about three or four days, then baked at 500°F-600°F — much cooler than the temperature in which Neapolitan pizza is cooked (at least 800 F°). When it comes to a thicker, soft and elastic crust that is easy to fold (also named pizza al portafoglio), we talk about the Neapolitan Pizza. There is a governing body called the True Neapolitan Pizza Association (TNPA) that keeps the standards of true Neapolitan pizza alive.

Only the Pizza Margherita and Pizza Marinara are regarded as authentic Italian pizzas. The Marinara comes with tomato, garlic, oregano, extra virgin olive oil and possibly basil. The Margherita exceptionally with certified mozzarella di bufala cheese or fior di latte mozzarella. A Place where you get delicious fior di latte Mozzarella is the Ristorante Più at Schiffbau for example.

By reading all of this Pizza knowledge you may understand, that pizza is not equal pizza. It is a real complex topic. At the end your stomach and eyes will decide. I promise you, these three spots will make it difficult for you, to return to other standards.

4 places to get Neapolitan quality pizza in Zurich

Ristorante Più Schiffbau

My recommendation: Pizza Margherita (tomato sauce, fior di latte, basil) The only place I found so far with real juicy fresh fior di latte Mozzarella. The dough they prepare at Più gets enough time to rest, at least 48 hours, this makes the dough ideal to digest. Get the whole food experience here on my food guide.

Costs: Pizzas start with CHF 17.– (Marinara) to CHF  27.–

Opening hours: Monday – Thursday:  11.30–14.30 / 17.30–23.30 , Friday: 11.30–14.30 / 17.30–24 .00, Saturday: 11.30–24.00, Sunday: 11.30–23.00

Address: Hardstrasse 259, 8005 Zürich

 

Ristorante & Pizzeria NA081

My recommendation: Pizza Vesuvio Gold. A combination of ingredients you can’t find somewhere else in Zurich. comes with sweet sour yellow cherry tomatoes, ricotta di bufala, provala affumicata, grana padano, pancetta and some tarallo sbriciolato. Get the whole food experience here on my food guide.

Costs: Pizzas start with CHF 19.5o for a Marinara Pizza – The Vesuvio Gold is 28.50 CHF.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 – 14:00 / 18:00 – 00:00, Saturday: 18:00 – 00:00, Sunday: 18:00 – 00:00

Address: Konradstrasse 71, 8005 Zürich

Pizzeria San Gennaro

My recommendation: Prosciutto & Funghi. Best selection of fresh ingredients, not overloaded with mozzarella. In summer a must do due to their marvelous terrace overlooking the river. The pizza is authentic Neapolitan style. I liked the consistency of the dough very much!

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11:30 – 14:00 / 17:30 to 23:00, Saturday – Sunday: 17:00 to 23:00

Address: Hönggerstrasse 43 – 8037 Zürich

 

Arcade  Pizzeria

My recommendation: Marinara pizza with Stracciatella cheese. The stracciatella is freshly made from the burrata. Check their daily special Pizza selection .The dough rises for at least 96 hours, this makes their pizza easy to digest. I found the size ideal.
The location is practical, just in front of the strain staition Wiedikon, the ambience is comfy and you feel very welcome at Arcade Restaurant. Beside Pizza you get also home made pasta and great antipasti with fresh products from Italy.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 6.00 – 23:00, Saturday – Sunday: 6:00 – 24:00, Sunday closed

Address: Birmensdorferstrasse 67, 8004 Zürich

 

 

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Tapas & Friends Tapas bar

tapas and friends zurich

My personal highlight: I always find some new red Spanish Redwines. I absolutely love their soft and crispy croquetas

Spanish tapas

My favorite tapas bar is in Wiedikon close to Idaplatz at Ämtlerstrasse 86.

The tapas are just delicious.  The tapas I like most are crispy soft fried croquetas or an outstanding avocado tatar. Order some real good Spanish red wine. Or try some of their local Spanish craft beers. So no need traveling to Spain for celebrating a tapas night!
Book Tapas & Friends for a catering or attend one of their cooking classes.

www.tapasandfriends.ch

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Restaurant Le Cedre

le cedre

My personal highlight: Baba ganoush fresh lots of garlic. Simply tasty.

Lebanese food

If you like to surprise your friends with a funny evening and good Lebanese food, go to this Lebanese place called “le cedre”. The Mezze are authentic and as you know, Lebanese food has a lot to offer for vegetarians, too.

My favorite mezze are the baba ganoush and humus. Baba Ganoush are grilled eggplants prepared with many spices, lots of garlic.

Happy birthday at Le Cedre
Celebrating your birthday at Le cedre can be very fun. You will be spoiled from the team with a nice birthday song and get your own birthday cake. There are two restaurants, one is at Bellevue/Helmhaus the other one is close to Wiedikon at Badenerstrasse.

www.libanesisch.ch

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