Indian Pizza is San Francisco’s Best Kept Secret — Dining on a Dime

– We are on Mission Street in the Bernal Heights
neighborhood of San Francisco just south of the Mission district. We are heading to a
place called Zante Pizza. We’re gonna try some of this Indian pizza, which is just a mash-up of traditional Indian flavors with a traditional Italian pizza as we know it. So it’s gonna be super interesting and I can’t wait to try it. (upbeat jazzy music) – When I started, it was only Italian. So I turned to the Indian– – [Lucas] There was only Italian
pizza in the neighborhood. – Italian pizza and Italian food. – Okay.
– Yeah. We started making pizza
for the staff to eat and see how it goes. So eventually, it went good. Everybody was saying, “Okay,
let’s put on the menu.” So I know how to cook
back in home in India, so I put my own dishes
and put in the menu. Then, we tried to make
a pizza and (mumbles) we have the kitchen, so everybody said, “Okay, let’s put on the menu.” It goes very well.
– Okay. And since you started doing
that, have you noticed, have other people also
started trying to sell– – Yeah, there’s quite a bit people. One guy used to work for
me and he opened his own. – Really?
– And he copy me. – That guy. – But, you know, I have the ingredients in my dough, he doesn’t know. – Ah.
– I have my special dough. – Okay, you have the special dough that he doesn’t know about. – He doesn’t know about it. – But when he betrayed you– – Yeah. (chuckling)
– And opened a new… And you’re the godfather. – Yeah, I’m the godfather. – And you took him and you
kissed him (kissing air) and you said– – I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. (laughing) – That’s okay. You’re okay with that guy. – [Tony] Indian (mumbles) dough, with all my spices.
– [Lucas] Okay. Can I touch it? – Yeah, you can have it. – Ooh, nice. – How it feel? – It feels like a like a cold, sticky baby. (laughing) And you can see in the dough, it is slightly yellow in color and you can see all of
the different spices that are sort of dotted–
– [Tony] Fennel. – It looks like there’s
maybe a little chili in there as well.
– Chili flakes. – Yeah, and it looks really great. So this is the special dough.
– Yeah. – So what do we do with this now? – Let’s go there. Go like this first. – Ah, see, you’re the expert.
– And you make a little– – Oh, and you’re making the
little bubbles in there. – Yeah. I’m gonna put in the air. (hollers)
(laughs) – Amazing. So this one is… – [Tony] Spinach curry
sauce, masala sauce. – [Lucas] This is the creamy masala sauce. – [Tony] Creamy masala tomato base. – And now the cheese. – I put on half and you do the half. – [Lucas] So this is the
Italian influence still. (jazzy music) – Okay, now this is the cauliflower. – Cauliflower.
– All over. – [Tony] Eggplant all over. Garlic, fresh garlic. – Oh, I love that. I want a lot of garlic. – [Tony] All right. – [Lucas] Give me extra garlic. – [Tony] Extra garlic.
– [Lucas] Extra garlic. I love the garlic.
– [Tony] There you go. One half is chicken… – [Lucas] That’s the Tandoori chicken. – [Tony] This is a paneer masala. – [Lucas] And then we have
some prawns there. Oh, great. – Coriander, cilantro, and green onion. – [Lucas] Ah, yes. – [Tony] All around
– [Lucas] Amazing. Can I put it in the oven?
– [Tony] Yeah. (jazzy music) – There we go. (claps) Good. – All right.
– All right. You did it good.
– Hey! – Hey! One, two, three.
– [Tony] (mumbles) Yeah, there you are. – [Lucas] Oh, wow.
– [Tony] Good. (jazzy music) – [Lucas] Let’s start with
chicken tikka masala. I’m gonna use the chutneys that Tony’s brought out. We have a mint and we have a tamarind, slightly sweet and fruity, but I’m told this will accompany the pizza quite well. And that’s delicious. So you have the traditional pizza base, the pizza dough,
which you would expect in a traditional pizza. And then you have the mozzarella cheese, which you saw we just put on. And then that creamy tasting of curry as the base of the sauce
and then you have these tender pieces of chicken tikka. It makes for a really nice piece of pizza, like you would expect
from an Italian place except for the flavors are
just completely South Asian. Totally subcontinent. Why don’t we move on to the second half of the meat? This is going to have
bits of chicken tikka and it’s also gonna
have some little prawns, which you saw we put on there as well. I like that a lot. Where I come from, Chicago, where people make fun of our pizza, (bleep) y’all. That is pizza. It’s not a casserole. Sorry. My favorite type of pizza to eat in Chicago, deep dish Chicago pizza, is a spinach deep dish. And so having this saag spinach-based sauce is really excellent. So it’s nice, tasting of spinach, a little bit creamy, a lot of sharp garlic flavor. Again, you get these
tender pieces of chicken, which are sort of spicy but also marinated in yogurt. So they’re very tender and very soft, vaguely creamy. It’s a totally interesting new way to deliver Indian flavors into your mouth. Why don’t we just break down
this dough a little bit? You know, it looks like
traditional pizza dough, but it does have a
distinct yellow coloring. It’s a bit more solid than a traditional naan bread would be. For example, you saw us
in the New York season at the Pakistan Tea House sticking those naan to the side of that very hot tandoor oven. But it’s a hybrid. It still does retain those flavors, so it does still taste
like saffron as well. And it does sort of raise the question of why don’t people do more with the pizza dough? We’ve seen monstrosities when people have tried to do things like put cheese inside the pizza crust. – We eat our pizza the wrong way. – Crust first. – [Voiceover] Introducing
stuffed crust pizza from Pizza Hut. – [Lucas] Moving on to
the vegetarian options. On the masala side, this has paneer. It’s a non-melting cheese. If you’ve ever had cheese curds, you Wisconsinites, you
midwesterners out there, I know you’re watching. You know what I’m talking about. They’re delicious, they’re
totally delightful. They don’t melt, however, like a traditional cheese, like a mozzarella cheese. Anyway, so that’s what’s on this side along with the masala sauce. You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna double-up on the chutneys. I’m gonna put that on a shirt. “Double-up on the chutneys.” And I’m gonna sell it on Etsy. That is good. This is gonna be real good drunk food. This is gonna sop up whatever mistakes you made last night. It’s gonna make ’em go away. This is heavy stuff, but
it’s very, very good. I’m gonna have another bite of it. Lots of garlic and cheese and a big mouthful of herbs that
we sprinkled all over. That is solid. That is really good. This is wave of the future and the food is great. And it’s a really interesting way to present pizza that
I’ve never had before. And yeah, I encourage you all to try it. (jazzy music) I really hope you enjoyed this episode of Dining on a Dime from Zante Pizza in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. If you’d like to watch
more, please click here. Craig, explain to us, hanging them, drying them. They look incredible.

100 comments on “Indian Pizza is San Francisco’s Best Kept Secret — Dining on a Dime”

  1. Nik Hill says:

    It looks really yum!

  2. K V says:

    Try the Bombay Pizza (original) in Fremont. That is more Indian than any pizza I ever ate.

  3. Hundred beast Kaido says:

    Lmfao nearly every indian takeaway sells indian pizzas like that

  4. Pallavi Pandey says:

    So back in the days when I was very young and pizza was introduced in our city, my mother use to bring pizza base, pizza sauce, and cheese and the herbs and use to make delicious pizza at home, So one day we had guest over for dinner and there was leftover food.. The next day my mother slaped in some pizza sauce in a Kulcha (somewhat simmilar to pizza base) with some palak paneer and butter chicken and toped it with onion rings and cheese.. 12 years later Dominos came up with a similar recipe. 🙆

  5. Mongolian Bornaparte says:

    The Italians hate this abomination.

  6. Li Nasinu says:

    Ive eaten here many times its hella gooood!!! I like to order butter chicken and dip the pizza in the sauce lol. Bomb!!!

  7. EggNoodles _ says:

    indian pizza not very trustworthy because indian people is never wash hands after wiping ass. indian = disguting, eat this pizza at own risk

  8. Official Friends says:

    Proud to be indian

  9. IND 007 says:

    wtf ? As George Carlin Said; Give Americans Raccoons Ass Satay and They Will Love it as Well.

  10. himanshu sharma says:

    I like the Chicago part the most

  11. Sriparna Chakraborty says:

    Has he eaten the whole pizza??

  12. Palak Malviya says:

    All the Indians eating desi pizza in India holla!

  13. Roman Reigns says:

    5:41 Donald Trump

  14. Aham Chaudhary says:

    Good to know this catching on all the way in SF. It was quite a wave in Delhi 3-4 years back and now a regular menu item at most pizza places

  15. Jillur Rahman says:

    I am pretty sure he didn't say "prawns". He said "paneer" which is a kind of Indian cheese.

  16. N1k32h says:

    A long As no garlic involved

  17. Priyankita Pant says:

    I like how you said coriander first and then cilantro

  18. Saturn says:

    That man in that pizza ad was he Donald Trump?

  19. Dr Ahmed says:

    Uhh… don Dalvinder, i hate to break this out to you but your side burns betrayed & left you…

  20. ADNAN KHALEEL says:

    its not prawns its paneer a type of cheese ak me for the information

  21. Sandy S. says:


  22. Nikki says:

    I'm soooooo hungry right now

  23. Divyansh Nath says:

    This Indian pizza is not available in India 😂😂

  24. Vineet Kotian says:

    Corien… cilantro

  25. Imo Aniefuna says:

    Growing up we use to call Zantes the Roach Palace. I’m surprised they made it this far.

  26. Chad Jones says:

    It seems like every culture nowadays have their own versions of pizza.

  27. Servant of the Earth says:

    1,011th comment. love the 111 synchronicity. peace everyone!

  28. SBha30 says:

    I want this pizza SO BAD! Looks amazing!

  29. tanmay ambre says:

    Very interesting.. 😋

  30. Sabarish kamal says:

    Chef said paneer host is. Saying prawns!!!!!

  31. TheGooddest Indian says:

    Let's be honest… Chicago deep dish is a casserole…NOT a Pizza

  32. vishkiller23 says:

    No one knows taste like indians

  33. vishkiller23 says:

    We have given so much but no violence to the countries we live in

  34. Yash Singh says:

    Wow that's tasty😋

  35. noejacklou says:

    would you describe the pizza as Saagy?

  36. centigradz says:

    The greasy hands are driving me insane. Heart attack town.

  37. Sudendu Gupte says:

    Thanks man for that reaction.

  38. Nishchal chand rajwar says:

    I m Indian…… That's not a pizza…. Cauliflower in pizza!!!

  39. TheTranceCartel says:

    Dining on a dime? Zante's Pizza is 32 for a large lol

  40. Tenzin Kunsel says:

    Dough,yogurt,cumin,turmeric. Salt,oil. What else is secret dough.

  41. Tenzin Kunsel says:

    Saffron is expensive I doubt he uses it.

  42. Tenzin Kunsel says:

    Indian food and you end with a steak 🥩 preview. Indians will get angry lol.

  43. Amit Chakraborty says:

    The portion size is so big. Even bigger than family size pizza we get here in India.

  44. sumandhan akshith says:

    Was that Donald Trump in that Pizza Hut ad….?

  45. Prada D says:

    Indian parents response to kids asking for Pizza every time.

  46. Sayak Das says:

    That pizza looks like a first night of a bed of bride and groom in an Indian wedding.

  47. Shiv Shankar Ganesh says:

    miss u senpai

  48. Sankarshan says:

    He claps his hands in his sleep too.

  49. Epicjack says:

    I tried Samosa love it !

  50. ItzYuzuru says:

    Ok, imma travel from INDIA to San Francisco now 😂😂😂
    Only for the pizza 😍😍😍

  51. Eddy Boh says:

    This guy uses a bossy intonation to control the conversation like he would have some authority which makes his video look ridiculous at best.

  52. CA Aditya Goenka says:

    that's basically cheese naan with sag paneer…XD

  53. GOTEM ! says:

    If it isn't made in India, IT ISN'T AUTHENTIC INDIAN

  54. Swastik Swarup Das says:

    Here after chris hemsworths workout video… both had one thing in common… 4000 calories diet

  55. Kids Gaming हिंदी says:

    1.1k st

  56. Rudra And Friends says:

    Oh boy that pizza looks so awesome…cool

  57. Ayush Maheshwari says:

    I would eat this even though I am vegetarian 😍

  58. Twangsta says:

    Was good until the cilantro happened.

  59. Hitisha waghela says:

    I wanna eat this badly screams from India

  60. Rahul Khamamkar says:

    Just to let you know, zante means pubic hair in Hindi. The pizza looks delicious though.

  61. F Laghman says:

    God damn it…. lookzz great n tasty….👍🍻

  62. Vineet Kansotia says:

    "Sir, what's the reason for your visit?"
    "That Indian Pizza place in San Francisco"

  63. vishal kunkal says:

    Daaaaammmmmnnnn awesome

  64. Shruti Desai says:

    i live up the street from here 🙂

  65. Prabhjot Singh says:

    Godfather kiss…..😂😂😂

  66. Nihar Pednekar says:

    Was that Trump at 5:40?

  67. Arthur Fleck says:

    Indian pizza which is not even available in India…..OK


    Ever sinds you I saw you Somali restaurant in chatown I follow your vids cause you are international man,, njoy

  69. Hamza Ahmad says:

    I'm surprised that guy isn't sleeping with the fishes

  70. Hairy Porter says:

    London has so many of these Pakistani type of pizza places

  71. David Zhang says:

    someone tag scott wiener and mark iacono.


    In India except dominoes and Pizza hut there are not many pizza places. Others who make pizzas ..are normal restaurant owners who use ready made bread and on that they spread sabzi….it tastes very bad.

  73. Wishva krish says:


  74. Sunil Swain says:

    Every indian is like i have this secret ingredient. And some one worked for me and opened the same type of shop somewhere else

  75. Chaitya says:

    M an Indian… And by making a pretty good guesss… Uhm Paneer is actually Tofu i guess… Idk…

  76. Mo Khan says:

    Folks, I'm Indian and cauliflower on pizza? Not in a million years!

  77. ABHINAV. EXE says:

    The dough contains 'BESAN'.Thats the reason why it is yellow.Or he is using turmeric powder.

  78. SwastikaAryan 77 says:


  79. Haris says:

    Cringed every time he put Chutney on the pizza.

  80. K8Nena9 says:

    This pizza 😍😍

  81. Emelia Onichi says:

    Cool restaurant and cute guy =)

  82. Paul Gan says:

    Mahalo for this. I live in the bay area and will go there for my pizza. I love the idea of half half. I am so hungry for it now. Will head to the City to ride my bike at Crssy Field and head over to Zante's quick.

  83. Hassaan Ahmed says:

    "This pizza gonna sop up all the mistakes that you made last night" ….. hahahahaa … absolute Gold !

  84. Groove Keys says:

    I love Indian food 😋

  85. Emperor Louis The Retard says:

    The Pizza store owner looks italian even though he's indian.

  86. allwyn walsh says:

    influenced with the video i tried the place today…..damn i would never go again….american's who like it they don't have real Indian food taste…. …i order indian toppings flavour pizza…i really forgot how the actual pizza tasted….bang i am done with this one

  87. PANTTERA1959 says:

    WoW,that was The Peoples President eating Stuffed Crust Pizza in mid 80s.

  88. Perfectwavelength says:

    The Punjabi Accent is so heavy. I was expecting a bhencho anytime

  89. Reeshabh Jain YT says:

    Finally something indo-italian that didn't went wrong

    other one is Rahul Gandhi

  90. Praveer Baliga says:

    Namaste, super super Sir 🥂🍾😎

  91. titus thetitus says:

    Why do you always have to go to the back door for pizza in San fransisco

  92. Ashmoney says:

    Major electrical code violation with the meter buried behind the wall! Just barely peaking out.

  93. Barb Khan says:

    I like indian food, but that indian pizza? I want some now !

  94. Bubba the Self says:

    Zante's is not that great but very popular. the pizza is a little hard and cardboardy. But the staff is friendly. CAN AM pizza in Seattle has the best gooiest Indian pizza ever!!

  95. Phantom Warrior says:

    indian employer giving free food to employees thats a first. im sure some do that but majority are so cheap they monitor even washroom breaks.

  96. Gerald D says:

    They are called native Americans ! how would you like it if I called you a small genitaled gook ching chong? Indians is the name Christopher Columbus gave them when he thought he is discovering India..The ones in the U.S. are natives not INDIANS

  97. Milos Kovac says:

    Could be good, but technically not pizza because by definition of pizza is made with Tomato sauce.

  98. Amrit Boparai says:

    lol paneer masala not prawn

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