**added new photo below from a recent visit at Ryan’s
This business has been around for quite some time. I have been witness to their claim to fame, from the time they started to what they are now. I owe this blog to the maker of Ryan’s Pizzarelli – Ryan Yu.
They started small, like many successful businesses. One of their first customers were the teachers and students of my former workplace, UHA Caregiver Training, Corp. (UCTC), where both Ryan and wife Peachy used to train as Caregivers. They started out simple with their signature flavors. With much hard work and hands-on handling of both the kitchen and restaurant, it has become one of Cebu’s best kept secrets.
If we compare it from back then, they used to have just a few flavors, mostly of pizza. Then, the next best thing comes up from their kitchen – Calzone. I’d like to call them Cebu’s Best Calzone Place, not that the pizza is anything less than awesome. My favorite pizza flavor is and always will be Harsimran’s Special. For calzone, i haven’t had a taste of everything, usually Meaty calzone (but I promise myself to eat everything on the menu soon!). They also offer other specials like the Panzerotti, Panizza roll and their vegetarian and dessert pizzas.
Both weekends and weekdays, you’d see a lot of people going there in groups. If you wanna know how many customers they have served, look at their walls. The walls are covered with photos of their customers and that’s proof of their being the best pizza place in Cebu. What’s good is the place is very homey, there is absolutely no need to dress up to impress people, everybody’s welcomed here.
I guess the most basic thing about keeping a place like this is not about how big you start up, it’s about building your ties with your customers. That’s how it is at Ryan’s. Everybody will feel very welcomed because they’re treated as Ryan’s friends. Plus, you get to see your picture on their wall and their Facebook Page! It’s one of my favorite places and I have converted my friends to it. I hope my readers will also love it as much as I do. A cebuano food trip will never be complete without Ryan’s Pizzarelli. NOTE: They deliver and they’re CLOSED ON SUNDAYS.
FOOD: 10/10 – this is not because i’m partial to Ryan and their store, if you compare it with the other affordable pizza places in Cebu, this one’s the best. I won’t even attempt to compare it with gourmet pizza, if I were you. The toppings are very generous and the flavor is rich. AND YES, it’s the closest thing to gourmet pizza, with a wide selection to choose from.
VALUE FOR MONEY: 10/10 - VERY AFFORDABLE! the size is big, good for a group and the toppings again are very generous. With your calzone, you’ll be stuffed and it won’t eat up much of your weekly budget.
SERVICE: 9/10 - hmm the people behind the cashier are a little unapproachable at times. I’d like to say, people better visit at night when Ryan is around, especially if they want their pictures taken, haha!
CLEANLINESS AND AMBIANCE: 9/10 – okay, do not expect this place to be like other pizza places. this is a converted apartment near Hijas de Jesus (Sacred Heart School for Girls). it’s quite out of the way, which is not for people who are in a hurry. the walls are covered with pictures of customers and its furnished with monobloc tables and chairs. it’s a hangout place, and a good thing about it is it’s air conditioned!!! yehey!!!
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