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11/25/2007

Greenwich Lechon Pizza - A Pinoy Celebration in a Box

When I saw the words "Lechon and Pizza" in one sentence I just had to back pedal and make sure my eyes weren't deceiving me. I thought to myself, that if what I saw wasn't a mistake of vision from hunger, that would probably be one of the craziest ideas man has ever thought of. Looking closer, and reading closely, I saw with disbelief that indeed it was true.

I then marched in to buy one.

I will be brief with this post and be honest. I never liked any Greenwich pizza since the re-invention of the pizza chain and the scrapping of the Pizza Square (one of my childhood favorites). Until this pizza that is.

Following the Sisig Pizza which I appreciated for its boldness and innovation in using the Pampanga specialty as a main pizza ingredient (but didn't enjoy too much). This Lechon pizza takes it a notch higher by using probably one of the most well known and loved filipino dishes of all time, the lechon kawali, and throwing in an entire Filipino fiesta celebration inside a box of pizza.

Roasted garlic and spices permeating, I eagerly opened the box and had my nose delighting in the scent of a feast.

Biting in, Filipino hospitality welcomes you with a red carpet or should I say banig (straw mat) of textures coming from tender lechon and crisp roasted garlic. This is followed by the sweet harana (serenade) of pickled bell peppers (atcharra) and onion leeks while the light, fluffy and crumby dough exalts our native pan de sal by providing the perfect bedding.

As they say in American Idol, there is nothing like singing a popular song and making it your own. With this pizza, greenwich takes cooking innovation to a new level using Filipino ideas and ingredients successfully into the concept of pizza and owns it.

While this pizza might not be the best out there, it's a celebration of Filipino ingenuity and I think the creativity should be applauded.

27 comments:

Em Dy said...

Wow. Sounds good the way you describe it. Will keep this in mind. Nakakagutom. We just had lechon kawali for lunch so maybe not so soon but will definitely try it.

Ruy said...

em dy:Hi!I really think it's worth trying at least once. Let me know what you think. =)

spanx said...

DaHell!!!!!?!?!?!

I'M OFF TO GREENWICH!!!

I LOVE LIEMPO!!!

Dhanggit said...

hey thanks for this post, its been a long time i havent been to philippines and i think im missing a lot!! first the sisig pizza i never heard of it not until now..i dont like very much pizzas before but greenwich i liked (because my sister used to work there LOL we always have free), anyways this post just gave me idea to where i will bring my husband..directly to greenwich pizza..we love lechon..i cant wait to taste them..i just hope its not seasonal thing though

Anonymous said...

luv that you luv to eat GOOD! your blog is a daily read for me. wish i had met you in paris when you were here. have you been to angel's kitchen in greenhills? think you might really enjoy the food there..go hungry! food is terrific and save room for dessert. bon appetit! mikel

angela said...

you had my mouth watering with your description!

Greenwich should pay you for that very yummy and enticing post that I am sure will inspire a lot of your blog readers to go and give it a try!

Litzie said...

wow Ruy that's the best way to describe the pizza, better than any ads I see on tv! :)

we will try that soon...

carlotta said...

wow i better try that asap! that really looks good! =)

ajay said...

Yay! Am tasting this at a Greenwich event tomorrow...you beat us to the punch, hehe:) regards...

Ruy said...

Spanx: Hope you emjoy your pizza with liempo.=)

Dhanggit: I think it's a Christmas season offering so if you're coming home for the holidays you'll definitely catch it.=)
If not... =(
I'll check for you next time I pass by a Greenwich.

Mikel: Thank you so much for frequenting our site! We've never been to Angel's Kitchen but it sound interesting. Would you have any recommendations on what to eat there?

Angela: Thank you very much for the compliment!
Just hearing that you like it is enough. We're already happy.
We live to serve... And eat.=)

Litzie:Wow thanks! Your kind words will be forever be treasured... --Hallmark.=)

Carlotta: Thanks for dropping by! I hope you enjoy it too!

Ajay: Ooopss.. Oh well, at least you get to eat it for free.=)
Thank you so much for visiting!!!

Anonymous said...

re: angels kitchen..must try their lengua, crusted salmon, salads and all the desserts! some bloggers have raved abt the resto and i read a 5star review recently@philstar.

mikel

Ruy said...

Mikel: Cool. Thanks for the tip!

Jen said...

I come to this site for 2 things: pictures of food and to read how you'll articulate yourself with your next post.

And I must say, it is always a celebration here. You uplift food like no other.

Applaud!

Hi Liv :D

Jen Tan said...

hey ruy...i love the way you rhapsodized about this pizza in the most nationalistic manner ;P hahaha cool post! ---i am no greenwich pizza fan...maybe one day i'll get to try this .... i'll drag lechon lovin' friends!hahaha

read your mail..have reply =)

Ruy said...

Jen: Wow that's something to keep me writing. I'm really overwhelmed. Thank you.=)

Jen T: Thank you so much for appreciating my nationalism and the kind words. Next week we'll feature the life of my great grandfather Emilio Jacinto "The Brains of the Katipunan". Kidding.
I hope you and your friends enjoy it if you get the chance. Think of it as an adventure.=)

docchef said...

will definitely give it a try soon:)

Ruy said...

docchef: Hi doc! Hope you like it.

Toni said...

I can't reconcile lechon and pizza yet... maybe in time. I just hope it's still available by then. *L*

Ruy said...

Toni: I know what you mean. If you're really curious about it I suggest that you try smelling it first. It was at the first whiff that my initial reservation drifted away.=)

KC said...

Thanks for this review. I might try it sometime..been busy. Hah!

Jen Tan said...

ruy..alam mo ba for a moment there I actually thought you are related to Emilio Jacinto! bwhaahhaha ;P

if I do get to try this..you'll definitely be in the know =)

Ruy said...

KC: Thanks for dropping by to read it.=)
Good luck with the job hunt!

Ruy said...

Jen T: You know what, I actually am! Haha!
I'd love to hear your thoughts if you do get to try it.

Jen Tan said...

ruy...totooo nga???? ano ba talagaaaa...liv you tell me nalang...d ko alam if nagpapatawa anghubby mo o hinde! hahahaa ;P

yes...kelan ko mag greenwich...well I asked my shobe if type nya...nun sinabe ko na lechon pizza---she goes like 'eeeewwee!!!" hahaha pardon her...bata pa eh ;P hahaha

Ruy said...

Jen T: LOL, no need to force it.=)I was joking about featuring Emilio Jacinto next week but I wasn't joking about being a related to him!
Right Liv?=)

Jen Tan said...

ruy...you confuse me =( too nga?? you are related?....

Liv said...

Yes Jen...they are related somehow meanwhile, I'm still trying to find a way of checking if I am indeed related to Osama Bin Laden... (okay, the osama part is not true)

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