The entrance to Mad for Pizza at the second level of Il Terrazzo in Quezon City. Photo: Handout
MANILA – Is there room for another DIY (do-it-yourself) pizza restaurant now that the successful Project Pie is quickly expanding with new branches in the metro?
The owners of the newly opened Mad for Pizza in Quezon City are certainly optimistic that the market can still accommodate a new player. But they are not taking the challenge lightly, given the obvious tweaks they introduced to the basic build-your-own-pizza concept.
Located at Il Terrazzo on Tomas Morato’s restaurant row, Mad for Pizza has a similar airy, casual feel but without the hipster vibe, which fits in rather well with Quezon City’s more relaxed attitude.
The pizza takes top billing on the menu, which includes three “ready to order” combinations for P250, which appear to be the owners’ personal favorites. For instance, the Andross’s Choice had mozzarella, parmesan, feta, ham and pineapple.
This personalized pizza features all-meat toppings of bacon, Italian sausage, meatball crumble and steak bits plus mushrooms. Photo by Vladimir Bunoan for ABS-CBNnews.com
The create-your-own pizza, on the other hand, is priced at P280. Mad for Pizza took the personalization even further by giving customers the option to choose their dough (classic, herb, garlic parmesan and spinach) and sauce (red, alfredo, spicy tomato and barbecue). From there, they can proceed to add unlimited toppings, which include vegetables and seafood, in addition to the usual meats and cheeses.
Those who have been to Project Pie would notice though the absence of dessert pizzas here, like the Banana Nutella.
The Amboy Angus Beef Belly. Photo by Vladimir Bunoan for ABS-CBNnews.com
But Mad for Pizza more than makes up for that by offering a lot more non-pizza items on the menu. In fact, some of this dishes offer better value than the pizzas, such as the Amboy Angus Beef Belly for only P198. The adobo sauce gave the meat a strong salty-sour taste but the beef was just oh-so-tender, while the rice was also quite tasty on its own. If you’re looking for a quick, affordable meal, this will certainly fill you up.
In terms of flavor, the Tennessee Pork Spare Ribs is a good choice for P268. It’s a good portion with a delicious, smoky barbecue sauce on those meaty ribs.
Tennessee Pork Spare Ribs. Photo by Vladimir Bunoan for ABS-CBNnews.com
The Classic Fish and Chips (P198) with a sizeable fish on a mound of fries rounds up the mains.
Mad for Pizza also serves pastas (all priced below P200) but stuck with the more obvious choices like Bolognese, carbonara and mac and cheese. (The carbonara was quite rich and filling; best to share this with an order of pizza if dining with a small group.)
Pasta Carbonara. Photo by Vladimir Bunoan for ABS-CBNnews.com
There was also the intriguingly named Beef Stew Pasta for P188, which we didn’t order but sounds like a twist on the classic stroganoff.
The menu of Mad for Pizza actually reads more like an American casual restaurant instead of a specialized pizza parlor. Apart from the mains and pastas, there are also several starters to choose from including the traditional nachos, chicken fingers and buffalo wings.
Fried zucchini. Photo by Vladimir Bunoan for ABS-CBNnews.com
Take a break from the ordinary and go for the fried zucchini strips (P158), which feels light on the stomach; or the spinach cheese dip served with pita (P178).
Or go the healthy mile and just order a salad. (The restaurant lists two on the menu, including a “Hawaiian delight.”)
Banoffee cobbler. Photo by Vladimir Bunoan for ABS-CBNnews.com
There are also four desserts, including a recommendable mango panna cota or the Banoffee cobbler, a bold choice considering that the very popular Banapple is right beside the restaurant. But it’s a different take on the Banoffee pie and served in a cup. And for only P88 (as with all the other desserts), it’s a steal.
In the end, the overall pricing of Mad for Pizza is probably its biggest come-on. Even those who aren’t big pizza fans are bound to find something they like to make the trip worthwhile.
Mad for Pizza
2/F, Il Terrazzo
Tomas Morato cor Scout Madriñan St.