I adore Park Pizza! They truly have something for everyone in my family and we get delivery everytime I have friends over. Awesome crust and a sauce that's not to thick or acidic (I hate chain pizza places sauce). This week we got eight different small pizzas and all shared. Love the Bradwell, with fig preserves, blue cheese, pecans, apples and caramelized onions. They had a Pumpkin pizza on special with brown sugar and butter and it was really yummy! And add a 'Circle' Salad to your order. You wont regret it. We're new to the neighborhood and it's great to have something more than the same old, same old.
just to preface this review with a few statements.
1. I make pizza at home -- atleast once a month.
2. I am no stranger to the restaurant industry as I have worked in the FOH and BOH.
3. I actually managed a wood-fired pizza place up in NY for 3 years.
4. I am a pizza snob (atleast I admit it).
5. I am not into aesthetics or service. I am there for the pizza -- plain and simple.
6. This is not a personal attack -- just one mans observation and critical feedback.
After reading some of the comments on here, I decided to stop in last night and give it a try -- as I am always looking for a great pizza in Charleston.
In a nutshell, I was thoroughly dissappointed. Ironically, the crust barely had any color to it and was on the crunchy side. It lacked the necesssary chewiness that comes with a well conditioned dough and proper cooking temperature. The crust should be golden in color. Perhaps you should brush some olive oil on the crust before baking? The cheese was likely of medium quality and didn't taste like whole milk mozzarella. The sauce to cheese ratio created a pizza that was gooey and lacked that sweet zing you get from nice well balanced tomato sauce. A mistake that many amateurs make is to think -- the more cheese the better. Well if you put too much cheese -- it actually seals the pizza and prevents the crust from truly forming. The pizza is properly cooked when it is dotted with little brown circles. This is the cheese actually burning a little bit. This changes the flavor and complexity of the pizza.
The reason I felt it necessary to leave this review is because I really believe pizza is one of those culinary treats that -- when truly understood -- can transport you to a new place. Good pizza should be well balanced and simple. I have no affiliation with EVO or any other pizza place in Charleston but EVO and Park Pizza are not even close in terms of pizza and shouldn't be compared.
Park Pizza -- Your pizza is basic at best and if that's what you are striving for -- than ignore my review. If you are looking to separate yourselves from the myriad of mediocre pizza options in Charleston -- than rethink your cooking style, your dough recipe and your proportions.
I don't know what happened to this place. I used to eat there all the time about 6 years ago when I was first in Charleston. It was usually my first pick for pizza, as the bar crowd was usually pretty good, and the pizza was a great value for the taste. I went back with my family when we first came back to Charleston. It was terrible. I let the manager know about it, he allowed me swap out for a steak sub. I was willing to take another chance on them, as any one can have a bad one (especially with the volume MM produces). Different night, same result. The pizza, the cheese in particular, had a sour taste to it. Just not good at all. I gave the pizza away (and paid for it), and went and got a burrito. I'm not sure if it's the corporate expansion or cutting corners, but this place has gone downhill.
Monza has the ultimate Caesar Salad. It really proves that amazing ingredients are the key to amazing food. I love their pizzas, love their salads, and during the winter get their bread pudding. IT IS AMAZING. I loved it so much I begged the chef to give me their recipe and she did. i love monza...sometimes their staff does have some attitude but whatever I just sass them back. Luckily I love their food or else I probably wouldnt go back after some of the experiences I have had with 2 of their waitresses
Had a mini family reunion at Seabrook Island and ate at La Tela. The food was excellent and the service was great. They took very good care of our family and I highly recommend that you visit! I will definitely dine there again!
I have NEVER been disappointed eating @ Manza, and I have been here maybe a dozen times. Their food is da bomb.
Seriously cute wait staff too.
Everything on the menu is yummy. Everyone is VERY friendly, attentive, service is great.
Uses local produce.
This is a Charleston restaurant doin' it right.
5 stars easily.
Best pizza place downtown hands down. This is everything you think a pizza place should be and more. I have never had a bad slice from this joint, delivery or sit-in. It's cliche, but you really can taste the quality in the ingredients they make their pies with. These guys really got it right. Don't Change Anything.
Got to say love this place . As a NY pizza snob this is great stuff. Not traditional NY pizza but amazing none the less!
Ok, after multiple visits I feel like I'm finally ready to review this place, or, more specifically, let them have it. First of all I would like the owners of Monza to realize how many pizza joints there are JUST IN DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON. This means you really must be offering something different and delicious to impress me. Monza is simply not. With all of the hype this place gets from the ever growing population of hipsters with an opinion on food on the peninsula you'd think they were serving the pizza with a free Dave Matthews Band DVD. Yes, the ingredients are fresh, AS THEY ARE AT PLENTY OF OTHER PLACES. Yes, the atmosphere is new-age and spacey, MOST OF THE BEST PIZZA JOINTS ARE IN PLACES I WOULDN'T DARE TO USE THE BATHROOM. The defining character of a pizza place is the pizza itself, and I'm sorry Monza (I tried), but your place ain't got it.
Brixx- Mt. Pleasant- We have lost one
11 July 2010
I know you are going to say they were done awhile ago, but they were still on life support until my latest visit. Our Brixx has consistently lagged behind it’s chain brethren in NC for some time not only in beer, but food as well.
First the tap list: SA Summer, SA Lager, Amstel, AB Shock Top, Yuengling, Guiness, New Castle, New Castle Summer, MH #9, NB 1554, Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout, Star Hill The and Love, NB Lips of Faith Belgian Pale Ale, SN Summer, and Coast HopArt. This fine selection was rounded out by three empty tap handles and four tap handles strictly for show, guess five empty would have looked bad.
I had the sampler: New Castle Summer was as expected, SN Summer was slightly better, Starr Hill the Love was ok, and had to have HopArt due to one of the phantom handles. I was at a loss to get my next pint as I chose another phantom handle and had to settle for a Dark Starr Stout, not that my first choice wasn’t settling.
In talking with the bartender, they had a lot of empty taps because they were switching kegs over. For instance he told us the SA Lager was replacing Stone. We inquire as to why and he said Stone was too heavy and too expensive, they couldn’t do any deals with it. This puzzled me because the HopArt was $6.00 a pint which seems like plenty of room to deal, second place in as many days that I paid $6.00 a pint for Coast.
Cutting to the chase overpriced discs of dough with a small circular portion of topping in the middle and no significant beer. Why not give the business to Mellow Mushroom. As Otto would say DISAPPOINTED!
The Beer Guru
They fixed the charcoal-underside crust issue.
Guess all the complaints finally worked.
Great place, but they never have enough/any stout beers...
O, EVO, let me count the ways!
Pros: Fresh ingredients straight from the farm to your plate. Salads are delicious, Pizza crust is cooked to perfection, toppings make everything come together. Staff are friendly and attentive. Location is clean and bright.
Cons: Wish you were open more often and a tad bit cheaper.
A must for anyone...Will return and recommend to friends.
Great pizza. Amazing ingredients. Pistachio Pesto the best for sure (add arugula and sausage). The chocolates and candy bars from Sweeteeth are to die for. I wouldn't waste my time or money on the appetizers. Soup is nice though. My biggest complaint about EVO is in the beverage department.
First off, there is not a single beer less than $5. The beer selection is great, but who can afford to have more than one. Many of the beers are worth the price (Ommegang, Dogfish head), but many are not. Allagash White and Brooklyn Lager (while delicious) should not cost $5. And don't get me started on New Belgium. No way in hell will I pay $5 for anything they brew. Last beverage complaint would be that they do not serve coffee!?? If you have wonderful chocolates the least you could offer is coffee. Coffee drinks are the easiest way to make a profit on a non-alcoholic beverage.
I think EVO is a great restaurant that would benefit from a fresh look at pricing.
It has been a few months.......but.........
Tried a couple of different pies, and they were OK. Love thin crust, but don't like the personal size pie..easy way to skimp on toppings. And yes, I thought they were miserly with toppings including cheese.
Second time around, wasn't ready to eat, just wanted to have a beer, and decide on eating options. STAFF tells my wife and I "NO",'if you are not going to order, you can't sit at the bar and have a drink'. I should say, they were not crowded.
I give 'em 2 stars. one for wood fired and for thin crust, another 'cause it's a cool space. I give them an "A" for a**hole. Two stars might be too much credit.
If I had a stroller, I would have been really pissed...........!
I live a block off of King, and I will never return. FU.
Too many decent pizza joints to deal with attitude.
I applaud Monza's policy of not letting strollers into the restaurant. There is just no room for that in this small place and strollers would create hazards by blocking the room to walk in and out. Besides, who wants screaming babies while dining out?
The hostess and waitstaff were unspeakably rude to me and my 2 children upon entering. They did not want a stroller in their restaurant!?!?!? Of course I left. Will never patrionize or recommend. You suck MONZA!
I've eaten at Monza's at least two dozen times since they've opened. I consider myself a pizza snob and, being from NY, truly prefer the NY style pizza. However, their pizza blew me away. The ingredients are always fresh, plentiful without being overwhelming and inventive. I've always been treated well by the staff. Case in point: about a year ago we took some friends there. One of the waitstaff accidentally brushed our table and knoced a slice to the floor. Management was not only apologetic about the incident, but they baked an entire pie, gratis, to replace the one slice. Now that is how a restaurant should be run! Their salads are simple, but good and perfect to share.
I love this restaurant. I have spent years working in 4 and 5 star places, and for me this is what it's all about.
I have to take that last review with a grain of salt. I could've attributed "Ceasar" to a typo, maybe. But "Danial Bould"-- really???? I'm not saying everyone should know who Daniel Boulud is, but if you're going to be snobby enough to drop the name, don't spell it like a kindergartener.
Anyway, I think Monza is great. Food is fresh and delicious, albeit a bit pricey. 4 stars, but I'll give it 5 to compensate for the ignoramus below.
Not that impressed and very rude. When I ordered the "build your own pizza" and asked that the pepperoni be left off half the pizza (for my kids) i was told they would not do that, they are very strict. I said I would pay for the topping just dont put it on the whole pizza. They managed to do that some how(you get 6 slices, one large pepperoni on each slice, do the math) My pesto pizza w/the local shrimp again skimpy on the not so fresh shrimp. My husbands Ceasar very underdressed to the point neither of us was sure it had dressing at all. No problem they were happy to bring out extra dressing and actually charge us for it. We were never told the specials and felt that anything we asked for was an inconvience to them. The dough is thin and tasted great in the wood fired oven. The pizza toppings are run of the mill, nothing really creative and certainly not worth the attitude. Who do the think they are Danial Bould in New York? I'll take any snobby overpriced New York restaurant with good food, or the very laid back Mellow Mushroom Pizza over this place any day.
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