I have to agree andolini's was good a long time ago. I dont understand how they keep winning the best of charleston year after year it has to be rigged. There are too many pizza restaurants in the area now like Evo even mellow mushroom is ten times better. If they win this year you know the best of charleston is rigged.Same winners year after year.
Horrendously bad pizza and an insult to the community. Andolini's was much better when I was growing up. I heard that a few years ago the owners brought in a partner with no background in food. Ever since then corners have been cut to up the bottom line.
Great pizza and great service!
Only thing good is if you order a whole pie and have it made fresh, then it's maybe top 5 pizza in Charleston. But by the slice is horrible, absolutely terrible, I don't understand how people eat it, it's old, and it's so burnt on the bottom. Oh, and probably the worst customer service of any single business on the penninsula, it's like you are burdening them by being there because they are too busy fighting the man and corporate America. Basically, just go somewhere else...
This may possibly take the cake as one of the WORST Pizza's I have ever had. I just ordered cheese and sausage nothing fancy. Crust was cardboard, Sausage was supper spicy and not good, sauce was boring and Chese was cheep and greasy. All they do is make large pizzas not good pizzas. I personally dont like to rip a business but I hate when owners and friends of resturants rate their own place... Its obvious from the stupid good reviews this place gets. Please some one tell me how its possible they have more than one location?
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.
I walked in there last night with my boo after an art opening, and we ordered a couple of slices and 2 salads: one Greek, one Italian. The salads were COMPLETELY the same, except different cheese...one had mozz, the other Feta. Really? And the makeup of this almost $7 salad was Iceberg Lettuce and a few olives. Really? The pizza was not that great either, believe me.
I know this place makes a killing, but lets be honest...it is not that good, especially if you have eaten in REAL Italian pizza parlor's, who know what a real salad is, and know how to put together a real pie.
Just keepin' it real.
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...
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