Wednesday 19 March 2014

Spices: Project Pie

I passed by Shaw almost everyday and when this resto opened last year, the place would be packed with diners even on weekdays. After a couple of months and more branches opening, I finally got to go and try it out.

Project Pie

The pizza place's main draw is one can 'Design, Build, Eat' their own pizza. It's not new that you can choose which toppings you want to put on your pizza but what makes Project Pie different is that it makes you feel that you're really part of the process. You have to line up at the counter and go through the assembly line. They also have pre-designed pizzas if you're too boring to create your own. No matter what pizza you design and order, the good sized 12" personal pizza cost Php245.

Design. Build. Eat.

I really admire the how efficient and effective their process is, customizing pizzas for each diner is a challenge. It starts with a machine that flattens a ball of dough then you can choose to have it red or white. Red means having a tomato based sauce spread over the dough and white means plain.

Next up is the cheese, the resto has a good variety of cheese to pick from. Gorgonzola, ricotta, feta, parmesan and mozarella. You can pick one or mix and match.

Down on the line is the meat, vegetables and herbs station. If you're not sure what toppings would go well with each other, no need to worry because the friendly pizza makers will give suggestion and comments.

The last step is waiting for your pizza to be cooked in this huge oven.

We had one pre-designed pizza which is a four cheese with pepper, basil, olive oil and garlic.

We designed two pizzas but I can't remember exactly which toppings that each pizza contains.

The pizza looked yummy, loaded with so much toppings, outer crust was browned and bubbly and the
pizza's bottom had a beautiful char.

But when a raised a slice to put in my mouth, the whole slice droops down. The center of the pizza had a soggy texture and the crunchiness is found towards the outer edge. I was disappointed with how the crust is, I guess this is what a machine pressed dough turns out to be compared to a hand rolled one.

What I liked about this place is first, the quality of the ingredients, no doubt its of excellent quality. Second, they don't scrimp on the toppings, they really load it up. Third, the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable, they would even make small talk while you're in line. And last but not the least, it's really fun making your own creation. For the pizza itself, if you're a fan of a classic Italian or New York style pizza like I am, don't expect it to be! Its not!

Project Pie
Address: 515 Shaw Boulevard, Madaluyong City

Tel No.: 650 0925

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