Il Porto

Rating: 4.0. From 91 votes.
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Equestrian Club. Al Hamra Corniche

This cute little pizzeria has both the location and charm to rival many Italians one might stumble across abroad. From the checkered table cloths to the neatly dressed staff. Of course the most important element here is the food, and the wood fired oven and fresh salad bar provides the perfect ingredients for a little piece of Italy on Jeddah’s Corniche.

I chose an indoor table while I waited for my takeout order. Staff were quick to notice my arrival, provide a menu, and accommodate my request to eat my dessert while the pizza was cooking! An unsual request perhaps, but my chosen dessert (Tiramisu) was unavailable for takeout, so I thought rather than miss out, I would eat my meal backwards.

As for the Pizza here I ordered a plain old pepperoni, and a ‘tropical’ pizza which was a mix of avocado, mango, pineapple and thick slices of turkey breast. While the pepperoni was a little oily for my tastes, it was the sweet ‘Tropical’ pizza which was the real star here.

In contrast to the pepperoni this was far from oily, a thin crust with fresh toppings of avocado, sweet mango and pineapple, all of which complemented the thickly cut turkey breast perfectly. I think I’ve found a new favourite..(Oh and the tiramisu was pretty good too!). Prices are little steeper than elsewhere in town, but this is no fast food, and the quality of the ingredients more than merit the higher prices.

My only gripe here was parking, there doesn’t seem to be enough here at night, and one particular security guard didnt seem to be happy with our parking (in an actual parking space), and was hassling us to move on return to the car with no explanation why we couldn’t park in front of the restaurant we were ordering from, I’m guessing it was reserved..

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