Artisan – a worker who practices a trade or handicraft : craftsperson
In this case, you are the artisan. Your pizza is custom built by you. The freestyle approach in making your food is the way to go nowadays. You get to choose the ingredients that you only want and enjoy eating. That way, you blame only yourself if your food experiment tasted blah. Hahaha!
This is where Project Pie comes in! It is a fairly new pizza place along Shaw Blvd. situated at the old Laurel Mansion and in front of the old Cherry Foodarama (now S&R). It’s impossible to miss
During our visit, it was a good thing we arrived a little bit past lunch time. The crowd thinned out already. Normally, getting a decent parking space here is a struggle especially during peak hours. Not to mention the long queue inside the restaurant.
The entire restaurant has an industrial look, using pipes with an open ceiling that looked really pleasant.
They even have a wall full of wonderful quotes from famous personalities.
This’ll keep you (thankfully) preoccupied while waiting in line.
Since it was our first time to try Project Pie’s pizza, we took some time to check out their choices. There are (3) ways to order your pizza:
1. Order By Number – choose from the pre-set pizza flavors.
2. Build Your Own – Choose from a ton of toppings: pepperoni / italian sausage / crumbled meatballs / grilled chicken / canadian bacon / prosciutto / bacon / anchovies / red onions / green bell peppers / jalapeños / roasted red peppers / mushrooms / caramelized onions / cilantro / tomatoes / black olives / feta / gorgonzola / ricotta / parmesan / mozzarella / garlic / pesto / bbq sauce / pineapple / artichokes / fresh chopped basil / rosemary
*1 or 2 are priced at Php285.00
3. Order the Classic Cheese Pie at Php245.00.
*You can opt to have a white pizza which is olive oil based or go for the usual red sauce.
I decided on ordering #7 which had prosciutto, caramelized onions, mozzarella and parmesan.
I really love Prosciutto and the saltiness it delightfully gives to a certain dish. I love the combination of flavors – sweet (because of the caramelized onions) and salty. I also like how the side of the crust was airy and crispy. Next time I come back, I will request for more mozzarella. Why? Because stringy cheese is twice the fun!
My husband, a meat lover on the other hand, opted for #2 with their signature red sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella, italian sausage and crumbled meatballs. It includes garlic but he asked to have it removed.
I didn’t try it but based on the look of his face, he seemed quite pleased.
We also sampled their Banana Nutella Pizza for dessert compliments of the house. A perfect way to end a flavor-filled lunch!
I looked up the price for this wonderful dessert pizza and found out that it was worth Php145.00. Other dessert pizza flavors are Peanut Butter Nutella, Strawberry Mango Nutella, Cinnamon Sugar with Icing and Parmesan & Garlic.
One advice though, make sure to eat your pizza while its still warm. The crust gets chewy as it gets colder.
For the health conscious, they have several salad selections as well. And for that much awaited nightcap, you can also order some booze – a selection of beers (ranging from local to imported ones), Perrier to Stella Artois, even Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay in small bottles are available!
They serve bottomless soda and iced tea at Php65.00. Their iced tea tough is not the sweet type because they use China Mist Iced Tea.
Before going home, the kind staff of Project Pie allowed me to go behind the counter – the area where they prepare the pizza. They even lent me a cap to make me look like I’m part of the crew.
Thank you guys for a wonderful first time experience!
Trivia: Project Pie and Shakey’s Pizza Parlor are owned by the same company.
Address: 515 Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City
T: 650 – 0925
Fri – Sun from 10AM to 12AM
Mon – Thu from 10AM to 11PM