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I'm not sure if you're going believe me but today I tasted the flavor of magic. I've been to Pizza Hut, Domino's, Tomatomatic, and I've tried almost all the Italian pizzas in Lebanon but I never imagined I'd eat something so good in a village, 1400 meters up in Hasroun.
On the main road is a place, a small spot, where Charbel Touma prepares Manakish for breakfast as well as pizzas and subs. We came here by mistake and discovered something out of this world, a pizza that's surely way better than many claiming to be best down in Beirut.
Imagine a pizza that's 50 centimeters in diameter. A pizza dough that's cooked on both sides than covered with a homemade tomato sauce, stacked with ham, topped with thyme from the village, mushrooms and seven varieties of cheese all mixed together. The dough is first baked before adding the ingredients and cooking it one more time. On top, slices of tomatoes, a cocktail of bell peppers and salami, it's not only generous but extremely tasty and all for just LBP20,000.
No words can describe the experience. I had four slices when I came here just for a tasting. The dough is unique and the ingredients are special as well. A combination creating one of Lebanon's best pizzas... All of that from an oven that cost less than $500, where others have paid thousands of Euros for their Italian furnaces. It's up in the mountains, an hour from Beirut, in a village called Hasroun, in a small container where a man, boiling with passion, makes a pizza that will make you think about food in a new light.
I don't have a phone number, nor an exact address, so go up to Hasroun and ask for the large pizza place on the village main road; Charbel Touma is the owner.