I have never been to Manhattan or the New York to judge their pizzas, but I do know that this Manhattan Pizza Co in Singapore serves HUGE ones. Huge to the extent that the pizza filled the entire square table, huge that each slice is bigger than my hand, huge that 5 of my hungry friends could not finish the whole thing.
20 inches long to be exact.
“Chief” Joey Manoli brought their signature pizza from New York City to Singapore’s Orchard Central. The Napoli style pizza was created by Joey’s ‘Poppi’ (his papa) when their entire uprooted themselves to NYC, and made a good living out of it.
The restaurant is at a difficult-to-find basement location at Orchard Central, already known for its crazy navigation. Fortunately, Manhattan is located right next to Gong Cha which probably brought some customers in.
Initially, I was a little doubting. Red and yellow décor, matched with plastic chairs, and rather loud music screams ‘fast-food restaurant’ – not the kind of place I would enjoy having long chats with good friends over pizza slices and sides.
But, the pizzas are pretty affordable. The classic variety such as Hawaiian and Pepperoni are $38-$39, while the specialty range such as seafood and meat lover are $40-$42. A classic slice with a drink is $5.90.
Joey said that a Singaporean Tan Yi Ling was ‘schmoozing’ over their pizzas at NYC, which motivated him to come over Singapore for a look. (Interesting, I checked HungryGoWhere and there is a Tan Yi Ling giving positive reviews on Manhattan. I wonder if Joey knows.)
My gym-going friends and I shared a Meat Lover / Roast Duck half and half combination ($42), with an OMG moment when the pizza first landed on our table. Proven right that size does matter.
The dough is not the thin sliced kind that many Singaporeans love, but something more real, chewy and doughy that is true to the pizza that comes from the other side of the world.
We loved the Meat Lover, but not as much as the Roast Duck which has a made-in-Singapore flavour. Tasting rather similar to other Peking duck pizza versions, this has slightly thicker slices of duck meat with an addictive roast meat plum sauce. We were surprised that the ‘ang mohs’ made this oriental pizza so well, so well that we finished that other half clean.
Warning that eating here will temporary throw all diet plans away. Each slice is 10 inches, a definite value-for-money. That’s why the Manhattan Pizza people always say “We put the XXX in XXXL.”
The Manhattan Pizza Co Classic Pizzas Giveaway!
The Manhattan Pizza Co is giving away vouchers to 5 lucky Daniel’s Food Diary readers to redeem a free 20″ Classic Pizza Of Your Choice.
All you need to do is
1) *Likes* the FaceBook Page of Daniel’s Food Diary,
2) Share this post on Facebook or Retweet on Twitter AND
3) Leave a comment below to name one Pizza Flavour you hope Chief Joey will make. Be creative! (His other flavours)
Giveaway will end next Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012.
The Manhattan Pizza Company M.P.C. Singapore
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, B1-01 (next to Gong Cha), Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT) Tel: 800 852 3887 (toll-free)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thur), 11 am – 10.30 pm (Fri – Sun)