Turkish pide is the original pizza so the story goes: an Italian misheard an Ottoman sailor whose mouth was full of the stuff and it became known as pizza. Apparently.
Who knows if there’s any truth in the tale. More importantly, who cares. An interesting alternative to pizza (oval shaped bread base instead of round, with Turkish food toppings) our experience was a good one.
We were excited to discover PIDE on Just Eat on Sunday evening. We both love Turkish food and fancied something easy like pizza, so – a perfect combination.
There’s a deal for three pides for £16.95 at the mo, and the selection certainly doesn’t resemble your average pizza menu. We chose:
~ Mantar – Mushrooms, tomato puree, onions, garlic, olive oil, cheddar, mozzarella cheese and dried red basil
~ Peynir – Kashar cheese, feta cheese, mozzarella, onions, fresh mint, parsley + tomatoes
~ Meatballs – Lamb meatballs, onions, peppers, tomatoes, parsley, cheddar + mozzarella cheese
I absolutely love mushrooms, they’re one of my favourite foods. There was nothing disappointing about this mantar pide at all. But it was the least exciting of the three.
You could say the peynir pide is a Turkish take on a cheese feast but with its contrasting bitter cheese and fresh mint leaf flavours, it was original. And amazing.
Succulent spicy lamb meatballs in a tomato-ey sauce. Need I say more?
Go on, give it a try.
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Turkish, pizza
~ Address: 15a Catford Hill, Catford, London
~ Postcode: SE6 4NU
~ Tel: 020 8690 0543
~ Nearest station: Catford, Catford Bridge
~ Website + menus: Pide website
~ Pide on Just Eat: PIDE on Just Eat
~ Photos on flickr: images of Pide food
~ Location: Pide map
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