Izzi Pizza

A nice compromise between thin-crust Italian and Pizza Hut-style pan
Senin, 6 September 2010
Oleh : Laksmi Pamuntjak

Jl. H.O.S. Cokroaminoto 122
Jakarta Pusat
Tel. 314 7720

This joint steers the mid-ground in pizza anatomy, and is a nice compromise between thin-crust Italian and Pizza Hut-style pan, with authentic (read: austere) Italian-style toppings. The spicy BBQ chicken pizza, despite its decidedly un-Italian bent, is a rather fetching fare of smoked chicken, onions, coriander leaves (add an extra mushroom topping for balance) atop a spread of spicy BBQ sauce; on a good day, the marinara pizza of shrimp, mussels, garlic, chili, mozzarella and tomato can be smashing. Lately they’ve added an Izzi Asia selection spanning Malaysian ayam percik, Vietnamese beef bo luc lac and Japanese fusion stir-fried udon with black pepper sauce—though there seems not much point.

Good sideshows (including the wildly popular cheese dough balls, plump garlic rolls and a sprightly tomato and mozzarella cheese salad), basic but dependable pastas (try the fettuccine funghi, with a sprinkling of bay leaves and sun-dried tomatoes, the prawn linguine with garlic and red chilli, or the trusty bolognese) and pleasing mid-range Australian wines are further buttressed by what is, for the most part, switched-on, friendly service. Its modern, glass-enclosed setting, its open plan kitchen — once the talk of town — may start to look a little last Tuesday now, but it did set the tone for the city’s modern pizza revolution of the early millennium. Fierce competition also calls for up to 2-month long 50% discounts every day, as the one taking place at the Pondok Indah branch between 1 January and 29 February 2008. Also at Pondok Indah Plaza 1, Blok UA 64, Jl. Metro Pondok Indah, Jakarta Selatan, Tel. 750 7220; Gedung Sentra Pancoran, Jl. M.T. Haryono Kav. 1, Tebet, Jakarta Selatan, Tel. 8370 0733; Jl. Kemang Raya no. 93A, Jakarta Selatan, Tel. 719 2020; Jakarta Stock Exchange, Jakarta Selatan, Tel. 515 4545; Cilandak Town Square, Jakarta Selatan, Tel. 7592 0220; Jl. Mahakam, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan, Tel. 720 8888; World Trade Centre, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, Jakarta Selatan, Tel. 522 4422

Price range: Around Rp 225,000 – Rp 300,000 for 2;
Rp 350,000 (with wine at 50% discount);
Operating hours: 11:00 – 21:00
Dress code: casual
Atmosphere: human aquarium hip
Alcohol: yes + wine
All major credit cards accepted
Reviewed: January 2008