Ram’s Farm Pizzeria
Address: Kapaleeswarar Nagar, Neelankarai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600041, India
Telephone: +91 44 2449 1976
Price: $ (average price is less than USD 10)
Cuisine type: Neapolitan pizza
During my recent vacation, I had the wonderful opportunity of visiting Ram’s organic farm and pizzeria in Chennai, India. I hardly eat out when I am in India. I don’t need to because I have endless supply of tasty, home cooked meals at my mom’s place 🙂 Aside from my customary Saravana Bhavan( sadly the Vancouver location has closed down) visit, I seldom eat outside.
My friend AR had great things to say about Ram’s farm and pizzeria and I was intrigued about the place. When i talked to Prabha on the phone, she was more than happy to open up her home and pizzeria for us on a muggy, rainy evening in Chennai. Ram and Prabha have relocated to Chennai from the States with their kids and their passion to eat clean, natural and healthy food. They have a beautiful home in the suburbs of Chennai, very tastefully built and decorated and Ram makes his Neapolitan pizzas in wood- fired style right in their backyard.
Ram along with his modest crew was busy building a fire and making preparations for the pizzas while Prabha cheerfully took us on a tour of their aesthetically built Chettinad-style home. I was fascinated by the vibrant colors and “thinnai”, a seating made of concrete and colored oxide in every room. Guests started to come in around 6.30pm and soon the place was filled with hungry people eager to taste their “rumali-roti” style Neapolitan pizza. Everything is made from scratch in their kitchen, right from the yeast which is the building block of pizzas. Ram makes his own buffalo mozzarella cheese which is incredibly delicious and makes his own tomato sauce and pesto too. We decided to sample a half and half pizza, one half with pesto and the other with tomato sauce.
The pizza was cooked to perfection in their 750 F (400 C) wood- fired oven and was loaded with farm fresh, organic veggies some of them grown in their backyard, others sourced locally. My 3 year old took a bite and immediately declared that it was yummy which in other words is great because she normally doesn’t like pizzas. The crust was perfect with a thin layer of crustiness followed by moist, stretchy, chewy interior bursting with flavors from the fresh veggies.
They have an all vegetarian menu and they do vegan pizzas as well with cashew cheese. Our pizza came loaded with raddish, pumpkin and spinach and I am officially a huge fan of his tomato sauce, hands down the best I have ever had. The pesto was a bit runny and salty for me, but the tomato sauce was definitely a winner. I am hoping Ram would share his secret recipe with me after reading this post ;).
Currently the pizzeria is open on Saturdays and Sundays and requires advance reservation but they do party orders on weekdays, if booked in advance. They have a beautiful covered terrace where they can seat about 20 guests. And while waiting for your pizza to get cooked, they are more than happy to show you around their custom built Chettinad home. In addition to pizzas, they serve caprese bites made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and organic basil with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar for appetizers. They let guests bring their own beer or wine and don’t charge a corkage fee. Ram also bakes birthday cakes and pies on request and a little bird told me his almond pies are the best in Chennai:)
If you are hungry for good pizzas while in Chennai or want to have a relaxed dinner on the way back from Mahabalipuram or Dakshinachitra, popular tourist destinations in Chennai, Ram’s pizzeria has got you covered.