If there is one thing that we, Filipinos enjoy together, it’s eating. We enjoy trying out different kinds of foods and eating a lot of them. One of these foods that we commonly enjoy with family or friends, is pizza. The rich flavor, aroma, and simplicity of this snack make us ask for more. So before getting on and inviting a friend over for a snack, take a look at these pizza parlors that you should not miss.
1. Lots’a Pizza
True to its name, Lots’a Pizza does have lots of pizza at an affordable price and yet with great taste. Hence the tagline, “Lots of toppings, lots of savings”, it was in 1980 when Mr. Eduardo Ngan Tian opened a food business with items like peanuts, ice cream, candies, and gums and later on, introduced a pizza dish which later on became famous and a favorite amongst students. Their bestseller and signature dish is the Great Manhattan pizza which is overloaded with beef, pineapple, mushrooms, and other ingredients, mixed with a Pinoy-style sauce that suits our taste. So what if you’re with the kids? No worries, they also serve their best-selling Hotdog Festival pizza, topped with Tender Juicy hotdog, pineapple bits, mushrooms, and lots’a cheese.
2. Pizza Hut
Who could ever forget to dial 911-1111? For a Pizza Hut delivery? They are also the ones who popularized the stuffed crust idea. They have the usual pizza, cheese, pepperoni, and also some unique ones such as the hand-stretched pizza, and one of their new recipes the Italian delight. They not only serve pizzas nowadays but also pasta and chicken and some sweet beverages that would go perfectly with your pizza. And of course, their newest gig “The create your own pizza” with the topping and sauce of your choice. You’ll never get the same pizza when you come into this food house. Now, it’s your turn to say their tagline “Make it great!”.
This pizza is what we know as the “Pizza ng Barkada”. This pizza captivates your own Filipino taste and you always get the right taste for you in every bite. What’s interesting in their pizza menu is the pizza thins. Your ordinary pizza pie is cooked to perfect crispiness and topped with your favorite flavors. And not only that they also have overloaded pizzas with twice as much topping as the usual pizza you get. What if you’re a cheese lover? No worries over that, Greenwich has their unique 7-cheese pizza, a combination of different kinds of cheese like Cheddar, Mozzarella, Edam, Cream Cheese, Parmesan, Special Cheese, and Bleu Cheese, just enough to satisfy your cheesy cravings.
It’s “Shakey’s time!”. What differentiates Shakey’s from the rest? Initially, it serves one of the most overloaded meat-topped pizzas like their Philly Cheesesteak pizza, Angus Steakhouse, and Hi Protein Supreme which is a combination of beef, salami, and Italian sausage in a ranch setting. This pizza parlor has now stood for 40 years and had been serving good food ever since, they not only sell pizza now but also pasta, soup, and other desserts. You won’t have any problems if you’re dining with a group, Shakeys serves their Monster Meal Deal, a combination of 2 large thin crust pizzas, 12 pc party pack chicken and mojos, 2 platters of spaghetti and carbonara, and 3 pitchers of Coke. More than enough to fill your hungry buddies.
5. Yellow Cab
If you’ve ever been to New York or just want a sort of experience of this foreign place, Yellow Cab is perfect for you. Starting from their logo, which is designed like a yellow cab (or what we know here as a taxi) template to their New York-style interior design. Every bite of this pizza will surely bring you to the land of the whites, their open kitchen setting, allows you to have a smell of the cooking dough and their incredibly tasty toppings. What’s new in this store? Try their Oh Dear Darla dish that is topped with fresh ingredients and now can be combined with pasta or hot wings.
Have you ever heard of Stromboli? If not, you have to go to Sbarro to find out. Aside from their regular pizza dishes, they have Stromboli, which is a hand-stretched dough baked with flavors and toppings like pepperoni, melty mozz, or spinach for health-conscious ones, and their Meat Medley mixed with sausage, pepperoni, and bacon. Their freshly baked dough is what makes this pizza parlor a must-try.
7. California Pizza Kitchen
It may not be famous among other Filipinos but for pizza-lovers, not tasting a slice of California Pizza Kitchen’s pizza would not complete their pizza experience. What’s so special about their dish? They advertise their hand-tossed Artisan pizza with fresh seasonally inspired ingredients and not only that their pizzas are perfect with hand-shaken cocktails wines or craft beers. Their latest beverage is their hand-crafted Mojitos and Margaritas. And if your looking for something sweet their salted caramel pudding would surely satisfy your sweet tooth, with its house-made whipped cream, caramel sauce, black cocoa, cookie crumbs, and rich caramel pudding ingredients.
8. Brooklyn Pizza
Remember how pizzas were originally made? Before ovens and stoves came into existence there were brick ovens. Brooklyn pizzas are baked in a brick oven in real wood where you get the aesthetic taste that can only come with brick ovens. Experience their white, deluxe, and chicken pizza, or maybe have a taste of their Brooklyn, Greek or Primavera ones for a taste of New York in every bite.
9. 3M Pizza
You may have this idea that pizza is actually from the white lands and that no Filipino could ever make it as good as them. Well, get ready for 3M pizza. This pizza is actually more of the Filipino style. Its beefy meat sauce, 3M Supreme, and Pinoy Combo would surely make you feel at home. It has been 43 years since they started making Filipino-style pizza and after every pizza parlor had made its stand in the market, 3M Pizza still owns the place.
10. Don Henrico’s
If you ever heard someone talking about an Italian restaurant that suits the taste of Filipinos there’s only one thing they are talking about and that is Don Henrico’s. This Italian restaurant started in Baguio in 1993 and Don Hen, as popularly known, already has the talent and the passion for mixing sauces, so, opening up an Italian restaurant was his only way to go. One of their unique pizza recipes is the Seafood Romano pizza which is topped with marinated shrimp and squid spread. A perfect combo for seafood lovers.
So, now that you have read a glimpse of the most popular pizza parlors out there, what are you waiting for? Try these ten and complete your pizza experience here in the Philippines.