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Pizzeria at Assi Ghaat: Must visit place in #Varanasi, #India

Pizzeria at Assi Ghaat: Must visit place in #Varanasi, #India

Pizzeria at Assi Ghaat, Varanasi

Pizzeria at Assi Ghaat, Varanasi

There are many things for which this city is known world over. Varanasi, also known as Benaras or Kashi is considered to be the oldest living city in the world. Supposed to be created by the Lord Shiva, Varanasi is known as the city of intellectuals or spiritual teachers across India from time immemorial – even today the grand Benaras Hindu University (BHU) is renowned institution for higher education. Kashi Vishwanath Temple of Lord Shiva in Varanasi is one of the holiest temple for Hindus across the world. It is also known as the center point of the earth, according to Hindu scriptures.  There are many temples, ashrams and reasons to visit Benaras.

There is a another side of Kashi too, its known as the most auspicious  place to end the journey of life by the Hindus, many of them wishing to be cremated on the banks of Ganga river here. People bring their dying loved one’s here in Kashi to attain moksha, to put an end to the cycle of birth-death-rebirth.  In the past, it was also the place where widows from all over India used to come and live the rest of their life, away from their families.

In addition to the famous four things of Benaras – the Bulls, the Sanyasis, the Widows and the Stairs, it is also common to see tourist, both Indian and Foreigners roaming around the city, its market place and the banks of river Ganga, Benaras. It is one of the key foreign tourist attraction in India, with both Hindu and Buddhist important religious monuments located close-by.

Many budding artists from around the world use the banks of river Ganga as their canvas.

Gods, Goddesses and Holymen

Gods, Goddesses and Holymen

Ardhnarishwar: Half man half woman form of God

Ardhnarishwar: Half man half woman form of God

A woman sleeping on the banks of Ganga; under an image which proclaims 'every woman is a goddess'

A woman sleeping on the banks of Ganga; under an image which proclaims ‘every woman is a goddess’

The place is also famous for its Benarasi Chaat, Benarasi Paan, Benarasi Lassi and the ultimate prasad of Bhole Baba – Thandai – dry fruit milk shake; Both spiked and non-spiked versions available as per the needs of the customer🙂

Benarasi Chaat at the Ghaats

Benarasi Chaat at the Ghaats

Expert hands preparing Benarasi Paan

Expert hands preparing Benarasi Paan

The famous Benarasi Paan

The famous Benarasi Paan

Lets not talk about the things which are already well-known and most visitor experience for sure in Benaras.  Lets talk about a place which even the local are not that familiar with.

For any Foodie worth her/his salt, one place not to be missed for anything is Pizzeria at Assi Ghaat. Whenever you are there for whatever reason, you must not miss it for anything.

 Its in a nondescript corner of Assi Ghat, the last ghaat on the banks of Ganga in Varanasi.

Menu : Pizzeria at Assi Ghat Varanasi

Menu : Pizzeria at Assi Ghat Varanasi

The oven at Pizzeria

The oven at Pizzeria

About a decade back when my better-half, Abha visited the place, it was known to serve the world’s second best pizza, though I am not sure if the still have the title. But the pizza continues to be the best that I have had anywhere else in the world. It’s the Italian thin crust pizza with freshest of toppings and melt in the mouth cheese, as one bites into the pizza, the blast of flavor is just divine. The pasta here is equally delicious and full of flavor. I will leave it to the Italian to comment how authentic they find the food here, as an Indian lover of Italian food, I was totally bowled over by their quality of food at Pizzaria.

World's 2nd Best Pizza - the best one I ever had...

World’s 2nd Best Pizza – the best one I ever had…

Cheesy Tasty Pasta

Cheesy Tasty Pasta

Innovative Pizzas and Pastas are not the only thing which blows the taste buds away, the Apple pie (with vanilla ice cream) is just perfect, it is really hard to share it even with the closest of friends🙂

Apple Cinnamon Pie with Vanilla Icecream

Apple Cinnamon Pie with Vanilla ice-cream

Nana Mint and Apple Cinnamon pie : Lethal Combination

Nana Mint and Apple Cinnamon pie : Lethal Combination

Recently, we discovered the ultimate weapon of mass ‘taste-bud’ explosion at Pizzeria – ‘Nana Mint’.

Cool and refreshing Nana Mint

Cool and refreshing Nana Mint

Some of my friends were totally blown away by the refreshing taste and flavor of the Mint drink  and have tried their hand on the recipe of the same since we return back home.

11 thoughts on “Pizzeria at Assi Ghaat: Must visit place in #Varanasi, #India

  1. “Many budding artists from around the world use the banks of river Ganga as their canvas.” Beautifully said, and it perfectly describes the vibe that is the ghats of Varanasi. Thanks for the pingback. I should have tried the pizza!

  2. Your post is interesting but has one error. Pizzeria is not at all a place the locals aren’t familiar with. I had known the place since the year 1999, thanks to Deepak Gautam who took me there for its apple pie.

    • Thanks Rajnish, I too was amazed to know that the people I interacted with had never tried food at this wonderful place. Maybe it was just a case of limited sample of Benarasi people with whom I interacted.

      It was some local person only who had directed my wife to this place about 10 years back, but whenever we asked people from Benaras about it they had either not heard of it or never tried the its pizza. I have always found it to be packed with people whenever I have been there.

      • You love kasi (I have coined the word kasiphile for people like you and I). You are not a local so may I ask which places in Kasi do you find the most beautiful (as I am working on a post on Kasi Aesthetically). And the most peaceful?

      • Thanks Yes I do love Kasi, the city is beautiful, the people and their boli is even more beautiful.

        The aarti at Dashashwamedh ghaat is an amazing experience, to become a part of the crowd walking in the narrow streets of the market place around the ghaats is lovely. I was beautiful to observe the people, the evening hustle & bustle on the street, standing near the Kashi Chaat Bhandaar, eating the spicy tamaatar chaat, while one of my colleague was getting a shave done in the nearby barber shop.

        Beauty and peace are two things which has everything to do with our own state of mind. I had lost a close relative just few days before I traveled to Kasi earlier this month for work. Standing at the Harishchandra ghaat I was hoping that at least departed souls are able to attain peace after becoming one with the elements of nature. It was not the most peaceful experience but I felt a little lighter offering my prayers towards the unknown persons getting cremated there. Last year when I was in Kasi, I had found some peace of mind in the prayer area around the Sarnath pillar.

        More than the urban areas, its in the rural area, close to nature that I find my inner peace. I had taken a picture while visiting a village outside Kasi which was both beautiful and peaceful. I’ll try to find it and share with you.

      • Thanks. Peace comes rarely to me. I had the most of it passing afternoons under the shade of the entrance from the ghat side to the palace on Chet Singh Ghat, on the railing of Chowki Ghat in mornings and evenings and on Kedar Ghat and Vijay Nagram Ghat late at night. Ever tried them?

      • I have only traveled to Kasi for work and due to the nature of our work we have to leave the city early in the mornings and are back only late in the evening. I may have just passed them without noticing closely.

        Planning a trip to the city with wife and kids for a long time now, will visit the places you mentioned, the temples and other monuments of Kasi in a leisurely family trip. My father-in-law is an artist and has painted a series of painting, depicting all the ghats as viewed while moving on the Ganga on boat from one ghat to another. Putting all of them together gives a complete panoramic view of the whole area.

      • Grand! Please convey my pranam to your father-in-law. How old are his paintings of Kasi? I wish I could see those paintings.
        Before your visit to Kasi do check my blog for some detailed info.

      • I think he made the paintings 5 years back, would need to get them digitize and then upload it on his blog http://gopidutt.wordpress.com/ a similar he had done for Paris is already there.

        Yes will sure read your blog while planning the Kasi trip with family. Thanks a lot. You have covered the city very comprehensively.

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