Pizzeria at Assi Ghaat: Must visit place in #Varanasi, #India
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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 🙂
Recently, we discovered the ultimate weapon of mass ‘taste-bud’ explosion at Pizzeria – ‘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.
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