It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it! Maddie & Kiki checked out the latest pizza spot in downtown Oshawa: PizzaMunno. Here’s what they thought:
Our day job is a nine-to-five type gig located in a well-known office building down town Oshawa (yes, we do in fact work for the same company!). We typically like to bring a bag lunch to work each day, but with the plethora of tantalizing restaurants located so conveniently close to our office, we do occasionally indulge in a take-out lunch from time to time.
So one day, while walking down King Street East, we laid eyes on a construction site that was about to become PizzaMunno and we knew we had to try it as soon as it opened!
Taste: One work day in January we felt like skipping our lunch of leftovers, so we ventured out of our office into the cold blistery winter weather to finally test out the newly opened PizzaMunno.
We walked into the restaurant, looked around, and already figured we’d be walking in again and again and again! No, we are not basing our quick judgement on the beautifully unique hanging light fixtures throughout the restaurant, nor are we basing it on the handsome Italian man standing behind the counter…well, maybe just a tiny bit!
We made our snap judgement based on the fact that there were multiple pizzas of many mouth-watering varieties waiting in the display shelf ready to be eaten. Any pizza slice connoisseur knows that in most pizza shops, when you walk in for a slice, you usually get to choose between two or three standard pizzas – pepperoni, Hawaiian, and veggie.
Not only are the options limited at these places, but the pizzas usually look old, cold with a congealed film over the cheese, and boring, boring, boring! At PizzaMunno, the pizzas in the display shelf looked fresh, hot, and they featured traditional Italian toppings. We changed our minds on which slices to order about a million times before actually placing our orders. We both finally settled on the “Porchetta” and the handsome man behind the counter promptly placed the slices into the oven to be reheated.
The “Porchetta” pizza features hot peppers, sautéed onions, black olives, and, of course, delicious tender porchetta. The toppings were all delicious and perfectly paired together. However, the surprising stars of the show were the exquisite crust and tomato sauce, probably the two least cared about aspects of a pizza! We were blown away by the luscious texture of the crust, it was crispy yet soft, flavourful, but not overpowering. And the sauce! The savoury and sweet sauce! It was exactly how pizza sauce should be, light and fresh. The disgusting tang of frozen was nowhere to be found in any of the ingredients!
Portion Size: We ordered a slice, which was the classic “slice” size, a gigantic piece of pizza sliced down the middle. Simple and to be expected!
Price: The price of this pizza still shocks us, only five bucks for such well-crafted speciality pizza slices! The only other items to order off the menu are salads, drinks, and calzones. We love this!! Restaurants should be aware of what they specialize in and stick to focusing on just that. If a menu includes souvlaki, pad thai, jerk chicken, and samosas, run away very quickly!
Overall Vibe: The vibe of the restaurant definitely makes you feel like you’re inside a real Italian pizza shop. The decor is chic, trendy, and typically Italian. We may be biased, but we just can’t deny our love of traditional Italian design! The counter top is a goooogreous luxury marble which makes us want to seductively sprawl all over it. Don’t worry, PizzaMunno, we will refrain ourselves!
Customer Service: As first time visitors, we were eager to speak to the handsome man behind the counter and ask him about how his business was going so far. It turns out his name is Alan and he’s just as friendly and welcoming as he is handsome! We experienced fantastic customer service from Alan and his team and we are looking forward to our next visit to PizzaMunno…we may need to skip out on our bag work lunches more often!
PizzaMunno is located at 35 King Street East, Oshawa. Call 905-404-4445 to order.
Maddie and Kiki Longo, best friends since 1988, have been food enthusiasts from the time they were tall enough to reach the kitchen countertop to begin mixing and experimenting with delectable ingredients of all kinds.
The two sisters grew up in an Italian household, appreciating all kinds of cuisine and learning that the most important things in life are family and good food. Although the sisters no longer live under the same roof and are separated by a thirty minute car ride, they still spend 90% of their time together. They both work for the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work, they write and produce their hit television show Maddie & Kiki: The Foraging Sisters, they are proud to be ambassadors of Durham Region and are involved in a number of community events. When the sisters aren’t foraging or cooking, you can catch Maddie ‘loving on’ her cat, Little Ricky, and Kiki working on her farm in Kendal. Check out their website Maddie & Kiki Restaurant Reviews for more.