Top 5 pizza places in Dhanmondi

If there is one thing that we can all agree on– is that pizza is love. But when you are in Dhanmondi, and want the perfect slice, where do you go? Here are our top 5 favorite places so you can quickly fulfill your pizza cravings. Spend less time in deciding who has the perfect cheese to dough ratio and more time eating. So in no particular order:

Pizza Roma

Pizza Roma is synonymous with high-quality pizza with fusion toppings and thin crust. Meet both your cravings for Bangla flavor and pizza by ordering the Chilli-lime-grilled pizza (BDT 700 for a small and BDT 1200 for a large) or the Achar chicken. Taste-wise, the pizzas are consistently good; however we have had cases of receiving cold pizza, when it was delivered during busy nights.

  • Address: Kazi and Ahmed Tower, House Number 35, Rd No. 2, Dhaka 1205
  • Hours: 12-11 pm
  • Contact: 01755-660039

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Domino’s Pizza Bangladesh

It may feel like Domino’s has been open for more than a decade, but that was the locally ‘inspired’ version. The international franchise, Domino’s Pizza, opened up shop earlier this year. Go here when you are craving pizza with a thick, American crust. For some, the pizzas have the additional appeal of trying out brands that they grew up seeing only in the movies. Pizzas here come in smaller sizes, so Dominos can be good for a quick, solo lunch. The larger ones maybe a little too heavy and oily, far from the lighter, thin-crust versions that many crave. 

The regular-sized Margherita is relatively cheap, at BDT 149. The classic pepperoni is BDT 269. Loaded pizzas like Meatzza and Extravaganza feast (with bbq chicken, chicken sausage, spicy chicken and pepperoni as toppings) are available at BDT 349 for the regular, BDT 649 for the medium and BDT 1099 for the large. 

  • Address: Ground & First Floor, Rangs Fortune Square, Plot- 32, Road No-2, Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Contact: 09612-216656 & www.dominos.com.bd
  • Hours 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Bella Italia

Bella Italia is a Dhaka classic. It is the place for the nostalgic, for those who like consistency and for family gatherings. Many Dhaka dwellers associate comfort food and pizza to their Pizza Funghi e Sausage. True to its name, the menu also covers Italian Classics like pizza with anchovies, olives, or eggplant. For some, the toppings are too out there or do not feel like good value for money. Try for yourself.

  • Address: Dhanmondi ADC Empire Plaza, (1st Floor), Plot 91, Road 12/A, Satmasjid Road, Opposite Pizza Hut, Dhanmondi, Dhaka 1209.
  • Opening Hours: 10 AM–11 PM
  • Contact: 01771-077001

Cheez

Cheez is another place that serves hot and cheesy pizzas at generous sizes and fusion flavors. Cheez pizza’s have fun names like Simpler Moddhe Gorgeous pizza, fun flavors like Kala Bhuna. Some love the taste of the different kinds of cheeses that they use, some are not a fan. 

  • Address: Rangs KB Square, 736, Satmasjid Road, Dhaka 1205
  • Hours: 11am-11pm

Dough on the Go

In Dhanmondi? Yes, the latest place on the block is Dough on the Go. They have set up in One Big Plate, the food court. Dough on the Go specializes in pizzas with thin crusts and fresh toppings. The opening of this outlet extends the delivery zone to Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur, Lalmatia and surrounding areas. Their menu is limited compared to the other places on this list and pizzas come only in one size (12 inch).

However, each pizza has a unique flavor–be it the Meatgasm with three types of beef sausage or the pizza with chicken and mushrooms in white sauce (Fungkhy Chicken). Our favorite is the Pesto pizza, because we can taste the freshness of the pesto that is made in-house. Some find the dough too soft and the toppings too heavy, so it can be a messy experience. We keep going back because the texture of the dough of the crust sets them apart from many other pizzerias in the city.

  • Address: L10 (11th floor), Imperial Amin Tower, 10/A on Satmasjid Road.
  • Hours for Dhanmondi: 12 PM to 11.00 PM
  • Hotline for Dhanmodi and surrounding areas: 01305785343

May you enjoy many cheese pulls and pizza nights.

Did we miss your favourite place? Do you have very strong feelings about pizza? Let us know!

How living in Kolkata as a Bangladeshi made me more culturally aware

In August of 1947, the Bengali nation found itself divided into two countries. But geopolitical borders can only separate people, not their cultures and souls. West Bengal and Bangladesh are two bodies with one soul, with their hearts beating within the people who contain a bit of both entities. The culture differences might be overwhelming to some, but to many, the similarities is where the harmony is strengthened. The capital of West Bengal, Kolkata is specifically loved by many Bangladeshis because of still containing the residue of original Bengali traditions and inspirations gracefully enough, while becoming a modern cosmopolitan city.

A tale of two cities

Kolkata is not just a city to many, it is also an emotion for being the heart of emergence of the historic personalities, events and art that have shaped the dimensions of our collective culture. It will forever remain precious since it has still preserved it all with simplicity, sincerity and joy.

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Dhaka is different. It might not be as aesthetically pleasing but it has had the fortune of being the home of Nawabs. This 400-year-old city still preserves the faint scent of its lost glory days in the narrow alleys of Old Dhaka. Being someone who appreciates food and fraternity, my love for Dhaka is eternal since you will find it in loads here. The versatility of cuisines and food habits here beats some of Kolkata’s for me. Old Dhaka is undeniably the heart of likeable chaos and urban heritage. This is how it steals my breath, even after being overwhelmingly crowdy.

Read more: 6 places in Dhaka that remind us of our glorious past.

A tale of two teachers

I have been blessed with the fortune of having a residence in Kolkata, unlike many. Being a wanderer in nature, Kolkata as a city has always actively taken part in shaping my emotions, feelings, values and cultures. The city has a particular aesthetic that no other city could beat for me till now. This is a city for the people with a hearty appetite and curious eyes. Kolkata gave me so much more than a place to stay. It gave me comfort, peace, diversity and joy. So much, that I became addicted to its roads flooding with sodium lights, yellow ambassadors with loud Bollywood songs from the 80s, earthen tea cups that have their own flavour and so much more!  The air of this city has a distinct smell, the smell that will excite anybody who is familiar with the diversity it offers.

How life in Dhaka University changes you

Dhaka pampers you with unpredictability and availability. It gave me a home to grow up in and understand myself better. Nothing in Dhaka is too far but it consumes time like no other. Even then, it will still give you hope. From the delicacies to the nightlife, everything here is a trade. The trade of time, energy and sometimes, life.

Kolkata or Dhaka, why not both?

While Kolkata wows me with art and ethereal beauty, Dhaka prepares me for the worst. It is like Yin and Yang, balancing each other in harmony. Kolkata was originally inspired by the British. Their credit? They built it. Kolkata’s credit? It preserved and carried it, even today, like it’s their own. The historic buildings, churches, temples, mosques, offices.. everything gives you the feeling of being in the right place, no matter how many times you’ve visited the place already. The best thing about Kolkata carrying its cultures so devotedly even today is the candidness behind everything in this city. Nothing feels forced, nothing feels odd. Even the shady alleys will offer something to your thoughts.

6 places in Dhaka that remind us of our glorious past

Being a frequent visitor of Kolkata since the age of 4, I realized there’s more of Kolkata in me than Dhaka, as I am now labelled an adult by society.

The cultural similarity we share has been sowed within me by Kolkata and was nourished here in Dhaka. Every time I visit Kolkata, I learn something new, even if it isn’t directly associated with anything cultural.

A tale of two art forms

Dhaka has its own way of expressing itself. It will express its ‘sorrows’ through the sweat stains of a tired Rikshawala on a humid day, ‘happiness’ through the smile on the face of a mother when her child returns home, ‘fear’ with the speeding buses and trucks on busy streets, ‘anger’ with every innocent life lost, ‘hope’ with every warning a girl receives from random strangers when her orna is tangled to the wheels of a rickshaw and ‘joy’ with every cricket match Bangladesh team manages to win. We have our own graceful way of doing things here.

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Kolkata is a living art. From Howrah to New Market, the extended roads with shadowy alleys, sodium lights and oversized billboards, the faint smell of incense coming from a distance and the classic yellow ambassadors lining up one after another in traffic, everything will please your eyes. Kolkata isn’t entirely modern but it doesn’t want to be it either. It is almost like a modern cosmopolitan woman draped in a saree, unpretentiously appreciating the combination. This effortlessly beautiful city has always been therapeutic for me, whenever I felt dilemmatic, whenever I needed a breath of fresh air. The discipline of this city despite the chaotic charisma as it may seem to many, is praiseworthy as well.

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Being in a love-hate relationship with Dhaka has enabled me to appreciate the best of both cities.

Dhaka will always capture a bigger part of my heart and a broader part of my understandings of culture. The city may not be as artistic and aesthetically pleasing, but it will make you appreciate the little things in your life. Dhaka lets you set priorities and act on it everyday. Dhaka will disappoint you, but some days it won’t and you’ll fall in love with it. The heart of Dhaka is not what it contains but the people who make this city liveable. Culturally, Dhaka has given me the concepts of assertiveness, relationships and the importance of being there for each other. Dhaka will destroy you first and then build you up better. Compared to Kolkata, Dhaka gives you hopes with conditions. Dhaka gives you freedom with restrictions. But Kolkata?

Divided by a border, united by culture

Kolkata lets you live, in all the ways you want to. As Dhaka keeps me grounded, Kolkata gives me the wings to fly. The combination of two didn’t only help me appreciate the beauty of the Bengal, but also it gave me a strong sense of security and cultural awareness.

If these words didn’t make enough sense to you as someone who’s yet to breathe the air of Kolkata, why don’t you pack your bags and board the next flight to make sense out of it? And if by any chance, you’re reading this from Kolkata, it’s never too late to visit this cousin city at least once.