One thing that most people really love is good pizza! Ex-pats are no different. But what about pizza here in the Philippines? Well, over the years it’s changed a lot.
I remember the first time I came to the Philippines, it was in 1990. There wasn’t much to offer in the way of foreign foods at that time, you either hate the local cuisine where you went hungry! Things sure have changed a lot since then. That first time that I was in the Philippines, I remember one evening I really wanted something more Western to eat. It so happened that on the way back to my hotel for the evening, I saw a sign at a little restaurant. The sign read “Pizza” and I was ready for that!
I sent my sister in law to go buy me a pizza for dinner. My mouth was watering, I could barely wait to buy into that pizza. When she returned to the hotel, she had two slices of bread with ketchup on them, and sliced hotdogs to top it off! Cheese? What’s that?
Well, whatever a bunch of ex-pats get together, it seems that the discussion sometimes turns to pizza, and a heated discussion can break out! Everyone has a favorite, although it seems we all agree that the pizza here isn’t quite as good as what we had back home. Nationwide, the contenders seem to be Pizza Hut, Yellowcab Pizza, Shakey’s or Greenwich. Of those, yellow cab is usually the winner, although Pizza Hut is a close contender. It seems the Greenwich is always left in the dust.
I will say this though, for Greenwich, their pizza has improved a lot in the years I’ve lived here. Still though, it’s a second-rate contender, in my opinion.
I can eat Pizza Hut or yellow cab, but neither is my favorite. Here in Davao, as I’m sure in other cities of the Philippines as well, there are a number of local contenders. Right now, my favorite is a place that I just recently found called Coco’s Grill. I’ve known about Coco’s for a long time, but just recently found out that they now make pizza. The Waterfront Insular hotel has to give my second favorite, although it’s a bit expensive. Another place that makes a decent pizza in Davao is Charlie’s bake shop, although it can be hard to get a pizza there because they’re often out of ingredients. For now though, I’m sticking with Coco’s.
yes, indeed, pizza has really improved since 1990 when I first came here! It’s even improved a lot since 2000 when I moved here! And… I’m happy about that!
Is there anybody who doesn’t like pizza?