Where to Eat in CDO: Pizza Republic Pick + Mix by Giuseppe Guenco

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What’s better than pizza? Okay so maybe there isn’t anything better but what if you could choose whatever topping you want? In Pizza Republic Pick + Mix by Giuseppe Genco, you can point at whatever topping they have available and pay only 245 pesos!

When me and my co-interns were in Cebu last summer, one of the places we planned to try was Pizza Republic in Lahug. Unfortunately, we were pre-occupied with a lot of tasks from the different offices that we were assigned in. Fortunately, we don’t need to go to Cebu to try mixing different toppings for a 10-inch pizza anymore. 
My friends and I had the chance to try the place during their first opening day last October 10. We thought the place was packed with so many people that we wouldn’t get a table. Turns out, the place was spacious enough to accommodate almost everyone who came in. Some of the guys behind the popular Ato Ni Vines, a group of Viners from Cebu, attended the opening. Though their fans have flocked the place, there was still room enough for others to enjoy their pizzas.

The place has rustic and industrial interiors — this seems to be the trend of restaurant/cafe design these days. What I like most about the place is you get to see how your pizza is prepared. From the kneading of the dough, selection of toppings, to the baking (well you can’t actually see the entire baking process but you’ll get to see your pizza being placed inside their brick oven) — all these things will happen right in front of you. So you can make sure that your pizza gets the TLC it needs ;)
Pizza Republic is probably one of the first pizza parlors to have the “pick and mix” selection in their menu. They have a wide range of meat, veggies, and sauces available. When we picked our toppings for our pizza, we went a little bit crazy! We added chorizo de cebuana, sausages, and some other meat that I can’t recall anymore haha. Aside from the meat, we added green bell paper, pineapples, white onion, mushrooms, and pesto oil. I wondered how our pizza would taste because of all the stuff we added. It surprisingly tasted really good! It had the right mix of sweet and salty. 
Pizza isn’t the only thing on their menu! They also offer a variety of desserts like Toblerone Cheesecakes and gelatos for a reasonable price. The next time I’ll dine in the place, I’ll make sure to try their desserts :)

All in all, its great that a homegrown Cebuano brand has shared their own style of customizing your own pizza to Kagayanons. Pizza Republic Pick + Mix by Giuseppe Genco is indeed another place you shouldn’t miss to try while in CDO. They’re located at Limketkai, Rosario Strip, Cagayan de Oro City

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