MANILA, Philippines - A shop in Quezon City is rolling out a different kind of pizza -- one that's lavishly coated with warm bittersweet chocolate.
The Arriba chocolate pizza, currently sold at Heavenly Chocolates at Roces Avenue, is a thin-crust 6.5-inch diameter pizza that contains "no less than the equivalent of an 80-gram bar of 65% cacao dark chocolate, made from single-origin Ecuador beans."
Arriba, the Spanish word for "from up there," makes a close reference to the cacao beans harvested from the Andrean slopes of Ecuador, according to Heavenly Chocolates' in-house chocolatier Benjamin Pedro.
"These 'flavored' beans are a unique Forastero variety and account for only 3% of the global supply. The beans are low-roasted to preserve their deep flavor and natural polyphenol antioxidants," he said in a statement.
On top of the pizza's chocolate sauce are savory shallot bits, and a choice of salted anchovy fry or crisp bacon bits.
Each Arriba pizza is priced at P150. Shop regulars said Heavenly Chocolates' new offering is "interesting" and "weird, but love the taste!"
Arriba pizza came after Heavenly Chocolates unveiled the intriguing Montezuma pasta -- penne pasta drizzled with dark Belgian chocolate ganache and cream topped with bacon bits and fried shallot oil.
Other items offered in the shop include sweet treats such as dark Belgian chocolate cake, single-origin Ghana truffles, and Sachi nama chocolates.