Maison Thomas, Cairo

In case it hasn’t become obvious by now, pizza is one of my favourite foods. Luckily, the friend I went to Egypt with shares that sentiment, and so when we needed a break from traditional Egyptian food, we naturally found ourselves searching out the best pizza Cairo has to offer. And we found it, at a small place called Maison Thomas in Zamalek. Shortly after we were seated at one of the bar-height tables, a waiter in a crisp uniform approached us for drink orders. I tried to order a hibiscus drink that I became obsessed with while in Egypt, but they had strictly Western options- coke, sprite, coffee etc. We each ordered a pizza- one margherita and one four cheese pizza, which was topped with blue cheese, gouda, mozzarella and goat cheese. After a short wait the pizzas came out, and we weren’t disappointed. They were fresh and had the perfect balance of sauce and toppings- the four cheese pizza was sectioned into quarters and had generous helpings of each cheese, which was appreciated. We were so pleased with the food that we came back a few days later- this time I ordered a margherita topped with fresh tomatoes and basil and my friend ordered a meat lasagna. Aside from the lasagna presentation (it came out in a foil container, which reminded me a bit too much of a Lean Cuisine meal, even though it was clearly fresh) we were again delighted with the food. Our only complaint was that the pizza could be left in the wood-fire oven a tad bit longer, the center of the crust was a bit mushy. But overall Maison Thomas was a pleasant change of pace from the usual Egyptian fare, and its pizza could rival many pizza joints in the US.

-priya

margherita pizza


four cheese pizza with mozzarella, gouda, blue cheese and goat cheese

meat lasagna with bechamel sauce

pizza with fresh tomatoes and basil