Here’s the thing. Anything with the word “artisan” and “pizza” makes me think happy thoughts. And when I heard of a place that serves “artisan pizza”, I just knew it’s going to be our new happy place. So off to Project Pie we went, my husband and I. And because we love trying out food places with people we love hanging out with, we demanded our friends Paul and Melody to join us.
A rundown of how “designing your own pizza” at Project Pie works: You can either choose from their selection of 7 pre-designed pizzas, and just add more toppings as you go. Or you can build one from scratch, which is what we opted to do.
Building your pizza from scratch, you begin by choosing from either “Red Pizza” (tomato based) or “White Pizza” (olive oil based). Then you pick your toppings, (yes, turo-turo style), from a variety of cheese, meat, vegetables and spices. I had bacon, mushroom, tomato, green pepper, and herbs on my pie. And cheese. Lots and lots of cheese. Mozzarella, Gorgonzola, Ricotta, Parmesan, Feta Cheese.. all of them please, thank you.
My husband had more selections of meat, plus olives, jalapenos, bell peppers and onions, which was almost like telling me “I’m not going to share my pizza with you.” LOL. (I have very low tolerance for spicy things.) They then placed our pizzas in the oven, and called our names when the pizzas were cooked.
Tada! Here’s my custom-made pizza, fresh from the oven:
I don’t think there are any topping combinations that won’t taste good in Project Pie. At P285 per pizza, with unlimited toppings, we thought that the price is just right and worth coming back to. (My husband wished the pizza dough was bigger, though.) The size of the pizza is good enough for just one person, so don’t even think about sharing a single order.
And then we got a Banana Nutella pie for sharing, built on the same pizza dough, which made this dessert person right here very happy. (And by “sharing” of course I meant my husband, who’s not a fan of desserts like I am, gave me his share. NOM.) I’d like to order their Strawberry Mango Nutella next!
The place has a ghetto vibe in it, with its industrial interiors, open ceilings, and vandalized walls. It’s an ideal hang out place for all types of people. And the smell (of the place!) was delicious-o. We love the food, we love the place, and the experience creating your own pizza made it all the more fun.
It’s good to be out! The truth is, it’s hard to go out on dates when you have toddlers. Aside from the fact that your nights revolve around the kids’ bedtime routine, it’s really just so hard to leave them at home. Toddler-hood is a delightful stage, and we genuinely enjoy hanging out with the girls, so much that we’ve gladly traded our usual nightouts to bubble baths and bedtime stories.
But when we do have the chance to go out, we make sure it counts.
And surely, anything counts when you spend it with people you love. ;)
That’s Paul and Melody in the background, lining up for their pizza. We managed to capture this blurry and grainy selfie, which we took while eating our, ehem, artisan pizzas. I wish we took more photos of ourselves, but my phone died shortly after that one selfie.
As we dispersed and went on our separate ways, my husband simply said, “That was fun.” And I knew exactly what he meant. We went on about how, spending time with people like Paul & Melody is very refreshing for us. Maybe because they’re a couple of years younger than we are and we somehow see our younger selves in them. Maybe because we love their happy disposition and the uncomplicated-ness of their stories and ideas, which is exactly what we need in this life—
Happy people. Uncomplicated relationships. Friendships that are for keeps. Pizza.
As an added note, Melody is one of the girls I disciple in church, and I love seeing how the Lord has moved in her life (and Paul’s). I’m excited for the greater things the Lord can do in and through them. :)
Lastly, the only tip I can give you for your next food trip is to know who to go trippin’ with. Make your food trip count! You might end up enjoying the food, or not. At the end of the day, what matters is you enjoyed the company. ;)
Project Pie, Philippines
Project Pie originated in Seattle, US, and opened branches in Manila last year, around July. Right now, they have 7 branches in Metro Manila:
515 Shaw Blvd, Wack Wack, Mandaluyong | 02 (650-0925)
Bluebay Walk, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, cor PICC Reclamation Area, Pasay
Filinvest, Commerce Avenue, Alabang Muntinlupa
Fairview Terraces, Quirino Highway, Quezon City
Eastwood Mall, Orchard Road, Bagumbayan, Quezon City | (02) 234-3809
SM City North, Edsa, Quezon City
Park Square, Palm Drive, San Lorenzo, Makati