A Slice Of Milan In Doha

AMS discovered a traditional taste of Italian history on a visit to SPONTINI.

As we stepped into Pizzeria SPONTINI at The Pearl, we were immediately embraced by a vibrant, bustling atmosphere reminiscent of a traditional Italian pizzeria. The tantalising aroma of freshly baked dough wafted through the air, inviting us to explore the rich culinary offerings of this charming eatery. The interior was an inviting blend of rustic charm and modern flair.

The open kitchen, dominated by a traditional wood-fired oven, exuded warmth and authenticity. Sleek black tiles and industrial elements contrasted beautifully with the stacked logs and wellarranged shelves, evoking a cosy, artisanal feel.

We chose to sit outside in a lively area, where lovely fairy lights twinkled overhead, casting a magical glow over our table. The outdoor seating provided a perfect vantage point to enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the Pearl, adding an extra layer of charm to our dining experience.

A Fresh Start

Our meal began with a refreshing note as we indulged in a fresh salad. The crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes and tangy vinaigrette awakened our palates, setting the stage for the hearty fare that was to follow. Complementing the salad were perfectly golden French fries, each bite delivering a satisfying crunch.

Pasta Perfection

The pesto pasta, which followed, was a revelation, with its al dente texture and rich, aromatic sauce. The basil pesto, vibrant and fragrant, coated the pasta in a creamy embrace, while hints of garlic and parmesan elevated each forkful to a new level of indulgence.

Pizza Extravaganza

The highlight of our visit was, undoubtedly, the pizza. We sampled an array of slices, each one a masterpiece of flavour and craftsmanship. The veal salami slice was a standout, featuring delicately sliced salami with a slight spice that perfectly complemented the rich, tangy tomato sauce. The gooey mozzarella added a creamy layer, while the crispy crust provided the perfect base. Each bite offered a delightful contrast of textures and flavours, making it extremely satisfying.

The arrabbiata pizza slice delivered a fiery kick, with its bold flavours enhanced by a robust tomato sauce infused with chilli and garlic. The spicy heat was beautifully tempered by the creamy mozzarella, which melted into the crispy, perfectly baked crust, creating a harmonious balance of heat and creaminess that lingered delightfully on the palate.

The primavera pizza slice was a delightful contrast, showcasing the freshness of seasonal vegetables atop a bed of molten cheese. Each bite was a celebration of colour and texture, the vegetables maintaining their crunch while blending harmoniously with the other ingredients. The gustosa pizza was a true indulgence, its luxurious toppings creating a symphony of flavours that danced on our tongues.

A Proud History

After we enjoyed our delicious array of pizzas, Outlet Manager, Mariana, shared the fascinating history of SPONTINI, dating back to 1953 in Milan, where a small family-run business began offering pizza by the slice. This simple yet brilliant idea quickly caught on, making their pizza famous for its distinctive texture – a soft, airy top with a perfectly crispy base. Their secret lies in their unwavering dedication to using high-quality ingredients sourced from Italy, including their special mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and fine flour. This commitment to excellence ensures that their pizza remains a favourite, even among Italians who are connoisseurs of their national dish.

Ambience And Service

Throughout our meal, the atmosphere at Pizzeria SPONTINI was lively and inviting. The warm, rustic decor, combined with the friendly and attentive service, made for a relaxed dining experience. Each dish was presented with care, reflecting the passion and dedication of the kitchen team.

Sweet Finale

To round off our meal, we savoured the tiramisu. This classic Italian dessert was executed to perfection, with layers of coffee-soaked sponge and mascarpone cheese melting together in a harmonious blend. The dusting of cocoa added a final touch of elegance, leaving us with a lingering sweetness that perfectly concluded our culinary journey.

In summary, Pizzeria SPONTINI offers a relaxed setting with comfort food that brings the authentic taste of Italy to your table. With its roots still firmly planted in Milan, SPONTINI provides a genuine Italian experience. Situated on a bustling street in The Pearl, the restaurant’s outdoor seating area is perfect for peoplewatching amidst plenty of footfall. The inviting ambience, combined with expertly crafted dishes and friendly service, ensures a memorable meal that will have you coming back time and time again. ✤