Last March 13, 2012 Me and my fellow bloggers were invited to taste Shakey’s newest offering: Pizza Castellana!
Aside from another famous fastfood, I must say that I grew up with Shakey’s too. My mama would usually bring me there and eat their classic bunch of lunch. I feel so “sosyal” whenever we go there.
Being one of those customers who have been familiar with a lot of Shakey’s products, I was particularly interested with Pizza Castellana. Why Castellana? According to my research Castellana means a natural born Spanish. I guess this is why our ancestors call the Spaniards who colonized our country in old Philippines as kastila.
A fitting title for such a yummy pizza, because Shakey’s celebrates our Spanish heritage of delectable taste, great food and great company.
Before we get to taste the Pizza Castellana, we were welcomed by the Tablao Flamenco Group, they pay tribute to our rich Spanish history by immersing the crowd to their dances.
And then the moment we were all waiting for, they unveiled the Pizza Castellana!
I can remember how hungry I was that time, I only became even hungrier after the aroma of the pizza reached my nose while taking photos!
The pepperoni like sausage is called a Spanish chorizo, this I feel is what makes Pizza Castellana unique from other pepperoni pizzas due to the richer taste of the chorizo, there is a distinct saltiness to it that does not overpower the other ingredients of the Castellana.
What I love about the crust is it is not a mouthful that it drowns the important ingredients such as that of the pan pizza, and not as lacking of a “pan” like what we get in a thin crust (although as I get older, I start to prefer the thin crust) The Pizza Castellana is hand-tossed, it have a firmness to it that is just right. It felt like you are eating through the soft dough, only this one, its cooked! And yummy!
General taste, there is a sort of saltiness to it that is not overpowering, it tastes a little like their pepperoni pizza, but with a richer taste and a better dough. (that is if you chose the hand-tossed dough)
Aside from the Spanish Chorizo, it is also topped with red bell peppers, red onions, cheddar cheese , pizza sauce and other indigenous spices.
After two slices, I was already full. Just after announcing to Joy, a fellow blogger who sat beside me that day, the PR and events manager of Shakey’s announced, “Now let’s proceed to our lunch.”
I was quite shocked but I ate anyway…a lot! The Monster Meal Deal was served to our table. We are only five in the group wolfing a meal fit for 12 people! My favorite has always been the Chick n’ Chips. Too bad my full stomach can only eat one. :( This photo was taken after we were almost done with our lunch. Sayang! But oh well…we should not bite more than we can chew! Hehehehe.
I can seriously live with Chick n’ Chips for breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack and dinner. I had such a great time that day.
If you want to learn more about Pizza Castellana and their other homegrown pizzas, you can stay connected through their website, www.shakeyspizza.ph or at their Facebook fan page, Shakey's Philippines and Twitter, @PhShakeys!
Thank you to Alex of http://lafanggero.blogspot.com and Shakey’s for the one-of-a-kind experience!