Hype in Lebanon is a very funny thing. Just watch your friends the next time the latest hotspot arrives in town:
“You must try it, it’s the perfect burger!”
“How did you not order their creme brulee?”
“The freshest sushi you’ll ever taste!!”
And now the latest statement that’s causing ripples across Beirut… “Nonna has the best pizza in town!”
So tell me ladies and gentlemen, how could I not give this place a shot?
We order a variety of appetizers. The pesto fries are extremely oily but admittedly delicious in a junk food sort of way. The melanzane is bland and lifeless, when compared to Margherita‘s perfect recipe. In fact, we practically force ourselves to finish it. As for the Bresaola, it’s serviceable but nothing special.
Now for the pizzas. Honestly, I’m disappointed. They’re good, but there’s nothing particularly outstanding about them. The crust is exceptionally thin which makes the pie lighter than your average pizza. That’s not a complaint, it’s just… different. We order two – the Zingara and the Diavola. The latter is much more impressive as the salami is both spicy and flavorful. Still, I fail to see what the big fuss is about.
We binge on the Nutella pizza for dessert and it’s quite scrumptious. Every pizza place has a variation of this dessert, but Nonna prepares it in the form of a sandwich which you cut into pieces next to strawberries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Even though it’s overcooked and kind of hard to slice through, it’s still the best thing we’ve had tonight. We also order the Panna Cotta which my friends presumably adore. I find it interesting, but only for a few bites. Any more and I just might implode from the surplus of sweetness.
But the waiter, oh the waiter. Seriously this man deserves special mention; he’s the rudest guy I’ve ever met in my life. He’s literally throwing our plates down on to the table with attitude to spare. He ruins the experience and I wonder where the manager is to ask us how everything is going and if we have any complaints. Truly if they can be fooled into hiring somebody this rude, then the place doesn’t deserve a second visit. Oh, and we practically clean the table ourselves. He’s much too busy caring for the zillion people standing over our head waiting for their table (the place is quite small). Can’t we find somewhere else for the herd to wait?
Price: Around 40$ per person for shared appetizers, pizzas and dessert. No alcohol.
Service: Beyond atrocious.
Must try: The Nutella dessert. When is Nutella ever disappointing?
Go with: Friends. Too loud to take your family to. Or just drop by Tavolina or Margherita instead.
The food is passable, but Nonna is an overrated place with terrible service. I’m not encouraged to try it again.