Best pizza in the area...period!! So, glad they're in Summerville(2 locations) The cannolli is awesome too!
A message from Park Pizza: We feel compelled to respond to the previous post, as we take food quality, safety and storage very seriously. This post is from a woman named Monica (we will keep her last name private) who contacted us in late 2009. I remember this phone call very well, since it was the one and only complaint of this kind we have ever encountered.
At that time, I tried to ease this woman who was obviously distraught over a sick child and family members, but I now find highly offensive the public accusations of 'food poisoning,' stated in her post as a matter of absolute fact. When I spoke to her, no one mentioned had seen a doctor to diagnose the actual cause of the symptoms or to rule out any other possibilities, such as a stomach flu. I tried to explain to her that, as the FDA, AMA, DHEC and numerous other professional organizations will affirm, the onset of Salmonella, E-Coli, or any other food-borne illness that could be contracted by the type of food she ordered, occurs 18-36 hours after consumption, not 30 minutes, and that if she was concerned about food poisoning, she should look to the meals eaten in previous days, especially because it was all family members who had the problems. None of our employees (we eat food from work often) or any other customers had reported feeling ill. Nor have they since.
I encourage all restaurant-goers to please be aware of the facts about food poisoning. It is a very serious accusation that could bring heavy consequences to a business and its owners. ‘Food poisoning’ is a term that should not be loosely thrown around without the proper facts.
The following site has an onset time chart and helpful information for anyone concerned about food poisoning.
the colbert is the best. Their service is always pleasant and efficient. My only qualm is that I wish the delivered to more than just JI or open a 2nd location in WA.
I am a mother of two and a grandmother of one and my opinion of Park Pizza Company is that I would never step foot in there again. When they first opened I wanted to try something new and they were a little raw, but I'm not a snob so we went for it. The Pizza was very good and their calzones were excellent......until....one day when my granddaughter was just 12 months old we all decided to get Pizza and calzones. My daughter in law and I got calzones and the guys and granddaughter got Pizza. Within 30 minutes of leaving my house, my granddaughter was throwing her guts up. She then had diarrhea! Well, her Daddy got really sick in the middle of the night and my husband was sick for 2 days. Food Poisoning. I called and spoke with one of the owner's and she denied that food poisoning happens that quickly, quite the contrary, but said that she would be more than happy to pay if we would trust them again. We haven't been back since and we won't be going anytime soon. Thanks for hearing me out. I hope it never happens to anyone else.
I remember visiting Naples for a few days while bumming around Europe for a spell after college. The transit workers were on strike, and so my girlfriend and I were stuck there for a few days. We tried to make the most it, but I found Naples to be pretty unremarkable in many ways: dirty, chaotic, noisy, with shifty-eyed, angular inhabitants whose collective will seemed to be engaged in a slow and bitter crawl toward death, each minute spent furtively scheming a way to escape this blighted hell-scape of a city.
Naples is, however, at least in the popular imagination, the birthplace of pizza. There is even an official organization that sets out rules for "official" Neapolitan pizza such as it must only be cooked at a certain temperature, in a certain oven, can't be kneaded by any mechanical means, must use only "San Marzano" tomatoes, and so on. The "official" Neapolitan pizza comes in one of two varieties held up by purists as the sine non qua of fine pizza: the Margherita and the Marinara. The former consisting solely of tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil the latter of marinara sauce, olive oil, mozzarella, and basil leaves. Neapolitans are famously fanatical about their local dish, and if you don't forcefully stop them will rant feverishly for hours about the ridiculous minutia that goes into creating the perfect pizza.
During my time in Naples I sampled a wide variety of such pizzas from the back alleyways to the tourist joints. In general, the pizzas were pretty good, if much different than American-style pies, but I couldn't help wondering if they were worth the endless amounts of hype I heard over the years about "true" Italian pizza.
I also couldn't help thinking that at that time I would have given anything to be having few drinks at a cool bar in the company of friends, my mind focused on enjoying myself rather than analyzing the extent to which the food I was eating conformed to some arbitrary set of culinary ideals or the dictates of Francois Simon. If that's what you're after I would stay away from this place. If, however, you want some really good, unique, reasonably priced pizza in town served by some of the coolest people in Charleston head to Park Pizza.
I have never had a bad pizza from this place. No matter how long you give them to make your pizza, it always takes 5 or 10 minutes once you show up. Who cares. It isn't fast food.
Soooooo good! Finally! A place doing something different, but not simply for the sake of being 'quirky' or 'creative,' IT WORKS! I'm a convert to the church of Park Pizza. Been going there for a couple months and working our way through the menu. Had the Teriabi Pizza tonight on a friend's recommendation. Teryaki chicken, coconut, ppineapple, wasabi peas and this INSANELY good cucumber sauce. It might have been the best pizza i've ever had. And a big ??? as to the reviewer with all the 'advice'; I don't think a place with a line out the door and a phone that rings off the hook anytime I'm in there needs to rethink much of anything. Kudos guys!
Great pizza and great service!
Pizza is undersized & over priced. The flavor is good but nothing too special. They don't put much on the pizza - it's mostly just crust and sauce.
On top of it all, they throw a BS charge on the ticket for calling in an order to PICK UP. That's right, not a delivery fee, a pick up fee. I will never eat there again.
The food @ Famulari's is fresh& very delicious! Also, their customer service skills earn them an A+ from the moment you walk in the door you are greeted with a warm,friendly smile& hello. It really makes you feel @home. I have been suggesting this restaurant to everybody I know. It's neat,tidy& even the restrooms are clean!
In response to jks, we are so sorry you had a bad experience. We are certainly a different animal than EVO, and we fully respect the art of what they do. And although our pizza is not the same, we strive to create creative food, as well as the classics, and to make every customer happy. Everyone has a favorite pizza place, based on personal tastes, and if you end up preferring any one local establishment over another, we can certainly accept that, but if your experience was poor, that is not acceptable.
We use our own combination of high quality whole milk and part skim mozzarella, which is what we determined is the best fit for the variety of food we serve. It seems everyone’s crust in Charleston (and elsewhere) is vastly different and loyal pizza eaters are fanatical as to their favorites, but we do apologize if yours was undercooked. Our crust browns up perfectly, without the use of an added brush of olive oil. There is certainly somewhat of a degree of variation, as I’m sure you know; it is an art to learn the quirks of a temperamental stone oven (as opposed to a timed conveyer) and how the variations in day to day changes in temperature, humidity and proofing times can affect dough, but it certainly should not have been as it was. We are local owners with over 15 years of kitchen experience, and although it is our first foray into pizza and baking, we strive to listen to our customers and their feedback and feel we have struck the balance of what we like to do and what they desire. We do not believe the community owes us anything, but rather that we need to rise up to meet their expectations and we regret that we have failed to meet yours. Please let us know if you would like to try us again, and we’d be happy to have you. Contact us at anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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