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Curry Pizza? It’s a Thing, and It’s In Santa Rosa

Desi pizza? Think Indian food on a pizza.

Desi pizza

Indian pizza. Let that sink in for a minute. It’s all the things you love about Indian food—the spice, the rich sauces and tangy herbs—on a pizza crust. Think of it as a portable curry with a crispy crust, and you’ve got the newest trend in fast food: Desi pizza.

Chicago’s Pizza With A Twist was a stumble-on kind of find, having a little too much time one evening while paging through newspaper ads. What’s the “twist”, we wondered? Even more intriguing was a confusing menu that listed “jala-pine” breadsticks (jalapeno, cheese and pineapple bread); “three idiots” pizza (three kinds of chicken on a pizza) and the pot of gold, chicken tikka masala pizza. What?

Though this Indian style treat has long been popular in England, it’s a novelty here in Wine Country, where Chicago’s Pizza With a Twist has recently landed.

The Norcal chain has 20 other outposts from Fairfield to San Jose, featuring “desi” flavors, or flavors indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. Pair it up with Italian carbohydrate prowess and you’ve got a whole new kind of ‘za-—as long as you define both cuisines loosely and in Anglo-American terms. Though we’d certainly be up for trying, say, goat korma with raita?

More approachable toppings like butter chicken, tikka masala, tandoori vegetables, lime, ginger, paneer (a fresh Indian cheese) and cilantro still make a match saucier than a Bollywood dream sequence. These star-crossed culinary cultures are no longer separated by needling gastro-purists, but joined in an over-choreographed, but nonetheless delightful and highly sequined ensemble dance in your mouth.

Sure, we may have overstated that a bit, but a tikka sauce-slathered pie is kind of a revelation, and the world is ready for some pizza disruption.

Best bets:
– Chicken tikka masala: Tikka sauce (a sort of creamy tomato sauce), tikka chicken, mozzarella, mushrooms, red onion, green pepper, garlic ginger, cilantro, green chiles and jalapeño, $16.99 for a medium, 12-inch pie.

– Curry Paneer: Tiny cubes of paneer cheese with mild curry sauce, mushrooms, red onions, black olives, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, chiles and fresh cilantro. $16.99 for a medium, 12-inch pie.

– DIY: Unusual toppings like mint, lime, fresh cucumbers, butter chicken and tandoori sauce, along with thick or thin crusts make for endless combinations as weird and wonderful as your imagination.

Traditional pizzas also available, along with dine-in and delivery to selected areas. 2780 Stony Point Rd, Santa Rosa, 707-606-1000, chicagospizzatwist.com.

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14 thoughts on “Curry Pizza? It’s a Thing, and It’s In Santa Rosa

  1. Pamposh Indian restaurant in Santa Rosa has had curry pizza for years. Check out their Pamposh Pizza, comprised of chicken tikka masala on naan. Delicious!

  2. Pamposh Indian restaurant in Santa Rosa has had curry pizza for years. Check out their Pamposh Pizza, comprised of chicken tikka masala on naan. Delicious!

  3. Naan and pizza crust are utterly different – that you pose the question would show your depth of ignorance so there’s no further response required – stick with drinking box white zinfandel as your taste buds deserve it. As to the claim that I am culturally wrong about this being common in England, the truth clearly hurts. While I’m sure some novelty may be found somewhere, it’s just not common – fact – so try and find such a monstrosity over there and report back.

  4. Naan and pizza crust are utterly different – that you pose the question would show your depth of ignorance so there’s no further response required – stick with drinking box white zinfandel as your taste buds deserve it. As to the claim that I am culturally wrong about this being common in England, the truth clearly hurts. While I’m sure some novelty may be found somewhere, it’s just not common – fact – so try and find such a monstrosity over there and report back.

  5. Friends in Silicon Valley have raved to me about this kind of pizza, but I’ve yet to try it. Pizza crust is very similar to naan, so this seems like an obvious marriage made in heaven. Will be ordering this weekend! Fusion food can be hit or miss, but this seems a very good bet for a hit.

  6. There are some things in the world that are wrong on so many levels – this is one.

    As to common and popular in England, where the heck did you get that idea from. They think such a notion just a bizarre over there too. Make great pizza, or make great Indian food. Throwing odd things together is not going to be either.

    1. It’s ok everyone, cultural expert Ron Supwood is here to make sure we all know what is acceptable and what is not. Everyone gets one selfie and/or autograph and then you must leave him alone to wallow in his self-importance, as is the custom.

  7. Friends in Silicon Valley have raved to me about this kind of pizza, but I’ve yet to try it. Pizza crust is very similar to naan, so this seems like an obvious marriage made in heaven. Will be ordering this weekend! Fusion food can be hit or miss, but this seems a very good bet for a hit.

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