Pizza has always been a favorite comfort food for me. It's the only meal I would never get tired of eating at any time of the day. As my breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner, it never fails to please me.
This goes the same with my family who appreciates good food just like me. We are all adventurous when it comes to food but when we need to be sure to get value for our money, we order pizza as the number one choice next to the specialty of the restaurant.
Yeah, we always make it a point to ask for the waiter's recommendation, but would always squeeze in an order of pizza when it's available in the menu.
Thus, our visit to Joey Pepperoni Pizzeria, or Joey Pep for short, needs no more exaggeration. Needless to say, we enjoyed every minute of it. But since they served us more than their specialty, we had to make room for the rest of the dishes.
I made no advance research about Joey Pep except looking for the exact location of the restaurant since I don't want my opinions to be biased with the online reviews of others. That has always been my style so I could write my own thoughts about the food. But I am happy to say that the establishment passed with high scores at all aspects.
The Joey Pep branch that we visited is located at the Ground Floor of RFM Corporate Center, Pioneer St. in Mandaluyong City, but they have another branch at the Ground Floor of the South Wing section of SM Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City.
It is owned by one of the most popular and successful businessmen in the Philippines, Joey Concepcion (Jose Ma. A Concepcion III, CEO and President of RFM Corporation), who you most probably also know as the man behind Go Negosyo, an advocacy of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), a non-stock, non-profit organization that advocates for a change in mindset and attitude.
Joey Pep offers premium dining experience at non-premium cost. We were informed that several years ago, people usually get intimidated with how classy they looked, this was why most of their customers were the upper class members of society since people thought they were too expensive for the masses.
But they've recently made efforts to reach out to younger people, especially the Millennials, by totally renovating almost everything about them. From how the restaurant's rustic new look, to the changes in their menu, they are on their way to be known again as the pizza place to go. But of course, even after the image-change, they kept their quality and tasty dishes just like how their customers loved them.
Though, I couldn't really compare as this was our first time to try them out, so I have no basis if there were definite improvements or not. The only thing I can assure you is that we enjoyed everything they served from the soup and starters, to the main entree and desserts. There were four of us that day but this is the first time we almost ate all of what's on the table, except for some pizza slices that we eagerly took out with us on our way to a family staycation at a hotel nearby.
Below are the meals we had the privilege to taste at Joey Pep:
|Fruit shakes - Dalandan, Mango and Calamansi (Php115)|
We ordered the different flavors, Dalandan, Mango and Calamansi, and Citrus Brewed Iced Tea as the fourth since they only have three fruit flavors that day. There was no watermelon available, and the iced tea is not the regular iced tea which cost only Php55.
|Citrus Brewed Iced Tea (Php75)|
|Vegetable Soup (Php95)|
I liked how they managed to make the soup fairly sweet and the vegetables still crunchy.
|House Salad (Php195)|
|Bacon and Shrimp (Php225)|
|Sardine Pasta (Php225)|
The Sardine Pasta composed of the Spanish-style of cooking variety has linguine added with olive oil, garlic and parsley. I knew I was in love with this because I was trying to eat every piece of sardine left on the plate.
|Bianca (Php195 - 8 slices, Php390 - 12 slices)|
|Pepperoni Pizza (Php180 - 8 slices, Php370 - 12 slices)|
Of course, Joey Pep could not be called by its name it's namesake was not served. The Pepperoni Pizza is still the star of the show as I adore pepperoni as my number one pizza topping. Where else could you find pepperoni as popular as a pizza?
|Garlic Fried Chicken (Php215)|
|Grilled Pork Chop (Php215)|
|Dark Chocolate Mousse (Php125)|
|Banana Nutella Pizza (Php140)|
The Banana Nutella Pizza is their awesome pizza dessert. This is not the first time I've encountered something similar to it but it is very rare to find one among other pizza establishments. For sure, all slices were consumed as fast as you can blink.
If you see them happy here, they were undoubtedly joyous after eating everything except for a few slices of pizza.
We loved everything about Joey Pep so we would like to thank the for inviting us to a lunch treat at their Pioneer branch. We hope to visit your upcoming branches soon as they surely must have plans to open new branches again to reach more customers all over the metro. Of course, we expect them to expand even at the provinces too so more people would get to experience Joey Pep.
Joey Pep opens at 11 am, with either 8 or 9 pm closing time depending on the day. The Pioneer branch is closed on Sundays, and the MOA branch follows mall hours.
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