Pizza is a well loved dish by almost every single person I know! How can you resist the gooey cheese, the toppings and all the calories in there?!? Pan pizza, deep dish pizza, thin crust pizza, you name it! I've been seeing pictures of this pizzeria that opened in Uptown Place Mall around December of last year and have been meaning to try it out. Never had the chance though that's why I was so happy when Peanut of looloo sent an invite for a pizza party dinner! Peperoni Pizzeria x looloo?!? YES YES!!!
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The place was brightly lit and has a relaxed and chill vibe with choice interiors. Industrial design with drop lamps, shelves filled with wine, specialty beers, huge tomato sauce cans, pasta filled jars, pizza boxes and some faux greens - it was simple, casual but stylish!
They were able to properly mix materials for texture and contrast - wood, metal, bricks, unfinished walls - resulting to overall clean interiors.
Splashes of colors and here and there add to the lively vibe of the place!
They also had clean white walls that served as canvass for some framed pictures.
Andrew prepared a feast for us. We started off with some appetizers --
|Calamari Fritti for 355Php|
|Funghi Portobello con Pollo for 455Php|
|A closer look at this lovely appetizer!|
Onto the Pasta, we were able to try the Aglio Olio e Peperoncino and Andrew got a bowl of Carbonara when the last batch of loolooers came in.
This pasta is so simple, no meat, no need for cream or tomato sauce, but when it's done right, it could steal the show! Good thing Peperoni's version did not disappoint! It was so good I could eat an entire serving all by myself! Al dente pasta, olive oil, garlic and red chili - that's it! Just the right garlic kick, just enough black pepper and herbs, just the right amount of olive oil plus the spiciness was on point. Yummy!
|Carbonara for 445Php|
|Medium 9" Pizza for 380Php | Large 12" Pizza for 565Php | XXL 21" for 1250Php|
Of all the variants, Bacon Miele and Prosciutto Crudo di Parma were my favorites.
The Bacon Miele was the only white cheese pizza in their menu. With a base of gouda cheese instead of the usual tomato sauce, this pizza was loaded with smokey bacon chunks, fresh oregano and just the right amount of honey to give it it's signature sweet and savory contrast.
I loved every bit of this and even searched through the boxes to make sure that I'll bring the extra slices home!
Prosciutto Crudo di Parma is your best bet if you want the ultimate bang for your buck! It has all the expensive ingredients - prosciutto crudo (oh my gosh my favorite!!!), which is the uncooked version of prosciutto, mozzarella, cheddar cheese and a nice rocket salad - arugula and fresh shavings of Parmesan cheese. I loved the contrast of sweet, salty and bitter flavors and each bite will give you a good portion of the each ingredient.
Diavola is next in my list. Not a Pepperoni Pizza kind of gal because I find it boring with no other ingredients going on but I must admit that Peperoni's version changed my mind. They obviously didn't scrimp on the good stuff - loads of pepperoni slices, gooey mozzarella and the tomato base had this distinct freshness in it that didn't taste like your ordinary tomato sauce. It was somewhat sweet and sour at the same time.
Pancetta was something different. It's more like your "breakfast" pizza because it has soft egg in the middle surrounded by tomatoes and pancetta which is basically like bacon. It was kinda weird to be honest. You have to break and spread out the soft egg before taking a slice. It was like eating my favorite childhood breakfast - toast with ketchup and mashed sunny side-up egg. It's good but not something that everyone will like.
Just a little note, pancetta = cured pork belly. When the pork belly is smoked after being cured, then, that's bacon. Prosciutto is cured ham, usually sliced thinly and served uncooked.
Least favorite was the Quattrro Formaggi. Maybe because I like my four cheese pizza in a white sauce rather than red. This has mozzarella, taleggio, scarmoza and gorgonzola cheese which stood out as expected.
Now my favorite part of all - DESSERT!!! We tried three out of the six in their menu.
|Tortino al Cioccolato for 365Php|
My top dessert for the night! Warm chocolate cake that wasn't too heavy nor too light but still with a rich chocolate flavor, baked with a molten center.
Each spoonful was oozing with chocolaty goodness.
Add a dollop of vanilla ice cream to break the chocolate flavor monotony a little and you're good to go.
|Tiramisu for 275Php|
Not bad at all! I'm no Tiramisu expert and I've only tried a couple but I liked Peperoni's version. Savoiardi Lady Fingers soaked in a mixture of aromatic coffee with kahlua, layered with a rich and creamy mascarpone. It's plated nicely with some fresh strawberry slices, strawberry syrup and a dusting of cocoa powder. This could have been knockout if it had a stronger coffee and liquor taste.
I would like to love this one because the vanilla bean custard had a nice vanilla flavor in it, creamy and smooth but it was just too runny for a crème brûlée. Would have been best if it was a little solid or firm.
Overall, I loved our dinner at Peperoni Pizzeria. Andrew was such a generous host that he had us bring home boxes of pizza! Excited to bring my family here! And oh, good news for foodies living in the QC area! They are set to open a branch in UP Town Center this coming September!
5 out of 5 Stars for Peperoni Pizzeria!
--- Peperoni Pizzeria: 3/F Uptown Place Mall, 36th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
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