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The Pizza Company: Filling but far from Satisfying

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Pizza Co interiors
colorful dried pasta in bottles make for a good view while eating

Pizza is one of those food items that people have certain allegiances to. A pizza is definitely not just a pizza, and in my case, I’d prefer a thick crust, thanks. A franchise from Thailand, The Pizza Company (TPC) at Market! Market! is currently celebrating its first year anniversary, but yesterday was my very first time there. It just wasn’t one of those places that registered “urgent!” on my restaurant radar. I was on the hunt for Pizza Hut actually, but The Pizza Company materializes in my line of vision first.

My first impression of TPC is that its servers stick by the book – our request to add garlic to our cheese pizza is denied in that whiny, high-pitched articulation characteristic of less experienced servers – “Hindi puwede po, eh,” and our bill is presented even before we’re done eating. Hmm. I’m thisclose to writing off this restaurant.

But the pizza crusts here are pretty, I must say: deeply fluted edges with one’s choice of cheese, sausage and cheese, and the triple – both the aforementioned choices plus bacon. There are choices also for crispy (aka thin) and pan (aka thick).

half- crust pizza

We order a half (9-inch) cheese crust pie (P329) with two kinds of toppings: the double cheese, and the meat deluxe. The crust is again, beautiful, and there’s lots of cheese in it but it has a decidedly “floury” taste. The meat deluxe, a harmony of bovine goodness with pork, pepperoni, sliced ham, sausage, and bacon is peppery and satisfying with a touch of thyme.

pastas

Each of the pasta dishes we order is “good for two,” our server tells us, but when the spaghetti with meatballs, and the spaghetti with spicy sausage (both P109) arrive, I can’t help but snort at the scarcity of the servings. In some other places, these portion sizes wouldn’t even classify as an appetizer. Still, the pastas are quite good, especially the Hungarian sausages which are spicy. I also like the dried chilies, which contribute half as much heat as fresh ones would.

cheese and garlic bread

cheese and bacon twists

We order two accompaniments that would’ve been great with the pasta, if only they’d arrived on time: bacon and cheese twists (P79) – think croissant dough encasing cheese and bacon; and cheese garlic bread (P59), a better-valued and more generous dish of pillows of mozzarella, butter, garlic, and parsley. Each bite gushes a little stream of buttery blessedness. Ah.

The Pizza Company fills me up on this rainy Saturday afternoon, but it doesn’t do much to quell a craving for pizza.

2 pizza flavors

The Pizza Company
2nd Level Market! Market!
Global City, Taguig

10 Responses to “The Pizza Company: Filling but far from Satisfying”

  • That’s too bad. There’s nothing worse than an unsatisfying piece of pizza, especially if you’re really craving it. Those croissant twist things looked great though!

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  • I went to the Pizza Company branch inside MBK in Bangkok and it wasn’t a memorable experience either — I was impressed with the choices of toppings but, at the end of the day, something _was_ missing.

    I like the Sbarro regular pizzas and Pizza Hut. ^_^

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  • Hey Lori! In lieu of an immediate tea party part 2, how about doing a party pizza? :-) hehehehe…

    But then again may be we should just hang out and eat different pizzas

    Guess from who…

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  • hmmm..I haven’t heard of the The Pizza Company before. Sorry to hear that the servince was bad. I hate it when that happens, it ruins the “moment”. My favorite pizza parlor is still Pizza Hut! I’ve tried many but so far pizza hut is still on top :) would love to join hta pizza party! I’d bring my brothers and they’d be in pizza heaven

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  • I am a pizza fanatic! After dessert, my #2 most favorite food is bread — and I classify pizza under that. (#3 is pasta; I’m addicted to carbo.) I could literally eat pizza every day, and am always on the lookout for new pizzas to add to my options. Thanks for giving the lowdown on Pizza Company. I haven’t tried it, but I have to say their pizzas *look* utterly tempting! In fact, they look exactly the way I like it: with nicely browned cheese, and lots of it. At least now I know not to expect too much if I go there. However, I do believe those twists will be worth a special visit! :-P

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  • If you decide to give it a second try, let me know what you think of their Thai pizza. It’s interesting…

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  • The bacon and cheese twists look pretty inviting, and should quell any small tummy rumbling. But I’m not sure I’m willing to wait that long (based on your experience)…

    Btw, Pizza Hut has additional versions of pizzas and pastas in their sister resto Pizza Hut BISTRO.

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  • I bravely entered a Pizza Company outlet in Bangkok a few days ago, and since I was alone, I couldn’t order a pizza. I settled for a Seafood pasta instead- which was the most boring thing I’ve ever has since Gerber mashed rice…

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  • I am surprised that anyone would even mention the Pizza Hut; I think there pizzas are very bad. In my experience the Pizza Company is the best in town (Bangkok) the thin crust they make is very traditional, I have traveled in Italy many times so I should know!
    For the price Pizza Co wins totally, I always go for the simple but traditional Margarita with added anchovies and I am total satisfied every time.
    It seems to be that Asians like to have “everything” pilled on to a massive thick crust disgusting monster, (same as they pile up western buffet food mixing the savories with the sweet) lack of cuisine experience and culture clash is obviously at play here, a misunderstanding of the subtleties of western food.

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  • To Mr. Hanscomb above:

    Different folks, different strokes. But to criticize other people’s preference as disgusting smacks of snobbery and is indicative of a very narrow mind. Yeah, perhaps it’s a culture thing but who’s to say which one is better? And by the way, the disgusting Pan pizzas (or thick-crust) you mentioned is just as ‘western’ as any traditional pizza, it being an invention of Italian-Americans and not by Asians who like to pill (sic) up food on their plate when eating in a buffet.

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