Chef Giovanni grew up in Sorrento near Napoli, amid a family of restaurateurs. From a young age, his love for food, combined with his roots, made cooking second nature to him. Giovanni spent many years perfecting his talents in Italy and in France on the Cote d’Azure prior to moving to Lebanon in 2001. He decided to go solo in 2006 and opened his first restaurant, the Da Giovanni, which raised the bar for Italian dining in Lebanon. In 2008, he decided to add to his portfolio by creating an accessible concept combining quality, authenticity and value for money. Hence, Margherita pizzeria del quartiere dal 1959 was born.
Within the warm ambiance, you notice the edge Margherita has over the generic customary pizza parlors. Well-lit, the bright lights guide you as you become enveloped with an aura of vivid colors. Margherita seats up to 100 people indoors and 40 outdoors. Tradition and quality is reflected in their menu, which offers authentic Neapolitan food prepared with fine ingredients along with a strong emphasis on pizza baked in the centerpiece of the restaurant, the wood-burning oven.
The menu is accurately described as having the freshest ingredients the market has to offer, prepared with simplicity and sophistication. The most coveted items are their Bresaola Con Parmigiano — Bresaola Salad with slices of parmigiano and Penne Al Arrabbiata — Penne in a spicy tomato sauce. Their Cotoleea Di Vitello Alla Milanese — Veal escalope is cooked in a “Milanese” style, which will leave you pleasantly surprised.
Their pizzas are far from your American pan pizzas. Instead, they are served fresh; think crusted and full of flavor rather than dough overdose. Try their bruschettas and soups for starters. Soup here is known to be creamier than the usual. Their Pizza Bufala is served with Tomato Sauce, Buffalo Mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil. Try their plain Margherita or cheese pizza to savor the real taste and essence of real Italian passion. The pepperoni pizza is a delectable mix of melted cheese with a subtle crust and light fried pepperoni.
As a fundamental rule, always remember to save room for dessert. Desserts are warm and always a wonderful surprise, especially the Tiramisu and Crostata Al Ciccolato Nero- Dark Chocolate tart.
While some say it may be the best pizza in town, you have to try it out to give your verdict. Margherita can promise you an uplifting experience on your journey of indulging in Italian cuisine, and it will bring you back.
SR100 to SR120
The Courtyard City Bin Sulaiman Center, Prince Sultan Street, Jeddah
Saturday to Wednesday: 1 - 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Friday: 2 p.m. - 1 a.m.