Our favorite mafia-themed pizzeria gets a face lift!
After years of serving the same (but still great!) menu in their dark mysterious interiors, Joey Pepperoni decided to lighten things a bit for a change. Now leaning to a more casual dining experience, the restaurant look becomes more welcoming! Much like being in an auth. pizzeria in Italy or something. Not that I've been there, feeling ko lang, hehe.
Along with the new look for their interiors, Joey Pepperoni Pizzeria takes its kitchen game plan a notch higher as they introduce variants of pizza, appetizers, and lunch meal in their new and improved menu. In a Joey Pepperoni Bloggers' Taste Test yesterday afternoon in their Pioneer branch (also JP's first branch!), I was able to try out their new offerings along with blog-sis Krissy and with some food bloggers! :)
The taste test was at around 3pm, pero nakuha ko pang mag lunch, na bad idea pala, haha. We were served with the following:
(note: do not proceed if you're super hungry unless malapit ka sa isang Joey Pep branch)
For starters, we had the Shrimp Fresh Salad:
I wasn't confident in attending food taste tests because I might look maarte when they find out I'm a vegetarian, na palagi kong iniiwasan. That's why super natuwa ako na una palang na sinerve, good shot na! :)
This new salad is a healthy meal on its own, a plate filled with fresh romaine lettuce, shrimps, croutons, parmesan cheese, and tossed with honey mustard dressing.
I LOVE potatoes! That's why when they served the Baked Cheesy Fries, kinilig ako! Haha!
In between bites, Ms. Carla of Joey Pepperoni talked about the resto:
They now have the all-time Filipino favorite and staple food: rice meal! I'm sure you'll love their Barbecue Chicken Wings:
For our first pizza (we're talking about FOUR different pizzas here, haha!), we had the 3-Cheese and Mushroom:
A succulent combination of three-cheese namely, mozzarella, white cheese, and cheddar, mixed with Bechamel, anchovies, mushroom, and caramelized onion
A closer look (hehehe, nagpapatakam lang ;)):
From our conversations over these delicious dishes, I learned that even though Joey Pepperoni constantly changes its menu, they will always stick to thin crust. They will only vary with the flavors and toppings, but the pizza will always taste GREAT because the secret, as the JP people said, is in the dough.
A bed of mushroom pizza with mozzarella, cheddar, toasted bacon bits, and white onion
The interesting Taco Pizza:
Mexican-inspired, with an awesome jumble of taco seasoned pizza overloaded with mozzarella, beef toppings, tomatoes, white onion, and cheddar cheese
And the Mushroom Alfredo:
Smothered with bechamel sauce, topped with mozzarella, ham, garlic, mushroom, red onions, and toasted bacon bits
The last 3 pizzas are actually part of Joey Pepperoni's Double Tops pizza series! These are overloaded pizzas with the freshly baked (everyday!) thin crust to satisfy the taste buds of their customers. More toppings and more cheese ang tema!
There's always room for dessert:
...And more desserts! :D
For the "finale", we first had the Pizza Cookie Dough, which I'll say is my favorite! I love the cookie dough--ang sarap kasi may chocolate chips! But what sent me to full gastronomical pleasure is their CHOCOLATE Gelato! I did not even choose that cup at first--because the pistachio and oreo cheesecake sound more interesting. Pero iba ang chocolate nila mga teh! Haha! Yummy!
Gelato Price List:
They make even their own gelato and desserts!
They still have this promo:
I think what I love best about Joey Pepperoni is that they offer premium contemporary Italian-American cuisine at non-premium cost. Super sulit!
With my partner in crime, Krissy! Busog kung busog! Haha!
Thanks for the talks. :) <3 I really appreciate our friendship! :)
Went out with Krissy to take outfit photos, haha, hindi naman bongga ang suot ko that day. Decided to wear my t-shirt para ready sa piyesta, hehe!
Black Fedora - SM
Tee courtesy of Oxygen
Flares - Herbench, owned since college or high school pa nga ata
Peep-toe Clogs courtesy of Manels
Watch courtesy of SM
All other accessories - Anagon Collection
Don't you love Kettle Korn??? Sister pala siya ni Joey Pepperoni! :D
...And they now have a new 3D corn snack: Kornado! Available in barbecue, cheese, and original flavors.
Thank you Joey Pepperoni, Full Circle, my college friend Mel, and of course to the new (cool food) bloggers I met during the event! :)
...I can't wait to take the Crazy Gonzales to your "all new and improved" resto! :)