They’ve stolen a pizza our hearts
Thought pizza was off the menu now that your 2018 clean eating plan has kicked in? Think again, mamas! We recently discovered Pinza Pizza which is not only delicious but also healthier (yes, it’s true…except maybe the nutella one!). Set up by 2 sassy papas on a mission to blow all those soggy pizzas out of the water, Pinza has fast become our fast food of choice (and the kids love it too!). We chatted to Tamer and Faisal about their Pinza journey and about being dads in Dubai.
Warning: once you’ve read this post you’ll be dialing for a pizza quicker than we can say Margherita. But that’s ok because the lovely Pinza papas are offering all Sassy readers a delicious 20% discount until the end of February. Simply enter code SASSY20 at checkout.
Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your families?
Tamer: My wife, my 2 sons and I are beach loving foodies. We spent most of our lives living in the US and relocated to Dubai in 2014 to be closer to our families.
Faisal: I recently got married and had my first baby boy. I was born and raised in dubai and I did my undergrad in London UK.
What inspired you to set up Pinza Pizza and what were you doing before?
Tamer: We always thought there is room for a delicious healthy NOT soggy Pizza – Pinza was born in December 2015 launching the healthiest Pizza dough in the Market. I graduated from the Hilton Hospitality College in Houston Texas, then started working with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for 10 years – traveled to many different cities and countries to pre-open many new Four Seasons Hotels. I then decided to quit the corporate world and move back to Dubai where I was raised, and decided to open my own business with two of my best friends who I consider brothers. Then Pinza was born and now we are considered one of the top rated restaurants on every delivery APP.
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What makes Pinza so unique?
The Dough is our selling point, we use 80% water 20% flour, 4 different types of non GMO flour and topped with lots of fiber for easy digestion. Our dough is crunchy, our flour is imported from Rome where we invested as well in the lab. We do not use any animal fats to make our dough, minimal amounts of yeast.
What are your plans for Pinza/the Dubai food scene in the future?
We launched with one location in December 2015, we are currently running 4 locations, opening our 5th and 6th in 2018. Plan is going to an international market in 2018 as well (more info to be shared)
Where are your favorite places to eat out in Dubai?
There are a few to name: Tashas, Flamingo Room, IL Borro and Black Tap for burgers.
What do you love to do as a family in Dubai?
Tamer: Enjoy the good weather and go to outdoor places, especially to the beach where the kids can enjoy some nature.
Faisal: Playing sports! polo is one of my biggest passions , trying out new restaurants, staying fit and just hanging out with my family & friends outdoors while the weather is good.
What do you love most about being a dad?
Tamer: Seeing the kids develop daily, taking my eldest son to work with me and of course who doesn’t love getting hugs and kisses from the most innocent human beings.
Faisal: waking up to his face every morning is so exciting. He is still only 10 months, but its fascinating because each day there are small changes and they become more and more engaging. Little hugs and displays of affection are amazing.
What do you find hardest about being a dad?
Tamer: Not spending as much time as I would like with my family.
Faisal: Missing out of things while i’m at work.
The best piece of parenting advice you ever received?
Tamer: Try to spend as much time with your kids and at least manage to have one or two meals with them daily.
Faisal: Allow your kids to feel safe talking to you and always try and settle the best example.
What’s your favorite Pinza pizza and why?
Tamer: Pinzafied Margherita with Black Truffle Sauce – the burrata cheese is just da bomb.
Fasial: Pinzafied Margherita – a classic.