G/F Metrosquare Building, United Nations Avenue corner Alhambra Street, Ermita, Manila City
Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Thursday), 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday), and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Saturday to Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) If you’re a '90s kid who spent a lot of your childhood eating pizza, you might be familiar with pizza chain Little Caesars. While some people remember them with a twinge of wistfulness—square-cut pizzas and regular buy-one-get-one deals, anyone?—that feeling is about to be replaced with a lot of excitement because Little Caesars is bringing back their signature thick-cut pies to Manila.
“We’ve always wanted the opportunity to come back to the Philippines,” says Senior Vice President International Paula Vissing, elaborating that the return to the country has been something they’ve wanted to do for several years.
“It’s so much fun to hear people tell us that they remember when Little Caesars was here before,” she continues. She hopes that the people who recall the Michigan-born pizza chain can come back and try the pizza again to experience the nostalgia.
Whether or not you’re a veteran to the American pizza chain, there’s definitely a lot to look forward to. Take the Pepperoni Pizza (P249), for example, a classic take on everyone’s childhood favorite. The pizza dough, made fresh every day, cradles their tangy-sweet secret tomato sauce. Add salty pepperoni slices, mozzarella, Muenster cheese, and handpicked California tomatoes, and it’s easily love at first bite.
Nostalgia is definitely the word you’ll think of when you first lay eyes on the prodigal Little Caesars branch. It's hard to miss the pizza joint's eye-catching orange signage along the long stretch of United Nations Avenue in Manila. And who could forget their cute little Roman mascot eating everyone's favorite snack?
The restaurant isn’t huge to begin with, but that’s just keeping up with the takeaway concept Little Caesars has always been known for. “Our company promise is [that you can] be in and out of the store in 30 seconds,” Vissing explains.
There are other pizza flavors you can enjoy, too, each as classic as the next. The juicy 3 Meat Treat (P370) is a must-try for carnivores, where the meaty stars of the show include a generous sprinkling of pepperoni, ham, and savory sausage. On the other hand, you can also opt for the Veggie (P370), packed with olives, bell peppers, and mushrooms, if you’re hankering for something a bit lighter.
Meanwhile, the Ultimate Supreme (P370) is a belly-bursting pizza with all the works: Bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and pepperoni on a bed of their signature sauce and cheese combo. If you’re craving some sweet notes on pizza, the Hula Hawaiian (P370) should be at the top of your list, complete with a whopping helping of sweet, zesty pineapple bits.
While their large pizzas have since deviated from the square slices you might know from years ago, the closest you can get is with a Single Serve (P130/Pepperoni or Cheese, P190/Hula Hawaiian or Veggie), presented as a square slice that’s good for one. Nevertheless, the restaurant is definitely open to bringing back their square slices and even introducing some exclusive Filipino-inspired pizza flavors.
Little Caesars has non-pizza options, too. The Crazy Bread (P80/four pieces) isn’t your usual garlic bread. The ones you can find here are massive, tasty rolls made with a generous helping of garlic butter and parmesan that add a savory dimension to the pillowy soft bread. If you need a little extra protein, the Caesar Wings (P220/four pieces) will be your next go-to, available in either Buffalo, BBQ, or Buffalo-BBQ, which is, in fact, the best of both worlds. Either way, you’ll be licking your fingers clean when you’re finished.
Pizza fans will be pleased to know that Little Caesars has big plans to open several more branches across the Metro within the year and beyond. So whether you have fond memories of the pizza joint or are just about to try it for the first time, one thing’s for sure: It's hard to forget this one.
Photos by Majoy Siason