On the final night of our Cebu vacation last summer 2010, me and my friends roamed around Mango Avenue hoping to find that perfect hangout place – we eventually stumbled upon Calda and their monster-sized pizza of 36 inches. And who would have thought that almost a year later, 4 branches would already have invaded Manila!
Besides having their pizza on a humongous scale, they’re also quite tasty and affordable – with 23 flavorful variations ranging from 150 PHP (basic 10″ Margherita) to 1,130 PHP (four-flavored 36″ Quattro Stagione). They currently have 4 branches stationed at N. Domingo and Blueridge Quezon City, Pioneer Street Mandaluyong City and P. Noval Manila.
The one we usually go to is at Blueridge Katipunan, just almost beside the smaller Banapple. The place is cozy and quiet, perfect for people who just want to hang out, talk, eat pizza and have a couple of drinks without the loud tugs-tugs music generally present at the local bars. Yes, they sell beer and only for 130 PHP per bucket!
There’s a transparent glass that sees through the kitchen so even though Calda Pizza is a not-that-known-yet establishment, you can be confident your foodie is clean while watching it being made from scratch to finish. Actually, we shouldn’t even be that confident on fast food restaurants. A friend of mine worked at M*d*n*a*ds before and the stories he had to tell were just astounding!
They showcase inside the restaurant the boxes for their different pizza sizes (Regular 10″, Family 15″, XL 20″, Super 30″ and XtraSuper 36″) so that you’ll have an idea which to order. Oftentimes, we would order an XL – and that would already be enough for four food-deprived people (150 each).
I guess the only downside of this place is that there isn’t anything else to eat besides pizza. Sure – there’s beer, iced tea, softdrinks and water – but there’s only pizza to chew and swallow. I think adding other Italian-inspired recipes like pasta, pesto, garlic bread and whatnots would be a great addition to the menu.
So there you have it. Drop by Calda Pizza when you can! A great thin-crust pizza experience from Cebu totally different from the Pizza Hut, Greenwich and Shakey’s norm – all 36 inches of it!
20″ four-flavored Quattro Stagione for 580 PHP