May 2, 2013

The Pizza Company – Muscat Grand Mall

The Pizza Company

The Pizza Company (Telephone: 22009925 – [geolocation]) is an international chain of casual pizza restaurants that has recently opened its first branch in Oman in Muscat Grand Mall. The restaurant is located on the first floor of Muscat Grand Mall in the dine-in restaurants area near Paul and Shang Thai

The Pizza Company

The Pizza Company has a spacious dining area, it is likely that the restaurant also has an outdoors seating area similar to all the restaurants in that section, but I wasn’t sure because at the time of the visit the weather was bad and they could not have had the outdoors area used. We went for dinner on a week day and there were many customers in the restaurant, but it was nowhere near full. It is likely that the place would be much busier during weekends. The majority of the customers at the Pizza Company were small families and groups of young guys.

The Pizza Company

The Pizza Company is very similar to Pizza Inn and Pizza Hut. The menu of The Pizza Company offers a number of starters typical to these places such as garlic bread, chicken wings, onion rings, cheese sticks, etc, along with salads, baked rice, pastas, and pizzas. For the starter we went for a Turkey and Cheese Twist (RO 1.600) which had rolls of dough baked with cheese and turkey bacon. I thought that the texture of the bread was great and that the cheese was nice.

The Pizza Company

For our second starter we decided to share a portion of baked rice with turkey slices and carbonara sauce (RO 2.000). I have never tried such a dish before, and I thought that it was a bit too boring. There was nothing technically wrong with the dish, but I do not think that I will go for such an item if I go to The Pizza Company again.

The Pizza Company

For the main course we shared a large pizza. The pizzas at the Pizza Company come in three different crusts, the Extra Loaded Pan, the Thin Crust, and the Extreme (sort of the equivalent of a stuffed crust pizza at Pizza Hut). We went for an Extreme “Super Delux” (RO 6.000) which had beef pepperoni, ground beef, italian sausage, mushrooms, onion, capsicum, and black olives. I thought that the pizza was nice and not oily at all, I also thought that the ingredients felt fresh. For a pizza of a restaurant in this category, it was good.

The Pizza Company

For the drinks I tried something called a Passionata (RO 1.000) which was a crushed ice drink made up of Mountain Dew and  orange syrup. I thought that it was alright, but I would have preferred Mountain Dew on its own.

The Pizza Company does not serve any desserts.

In total we ordered 1 starter, 1 baked rice, 1 large pizza, and 3 drinks. Our bill came to RO 13.730. We were a group of three people.

Before going to the Pizza Company I did not know what to expect, I originally thought that this would be something more like Pizza Express, but it turned out to be more like Pizza Inn, and I guess for that sort of restaurant the Pizza Company is a pretty good option. The service is good, the food came quickly and as ordered, and the prices are good. So if you are looking for a place to have an American-style pizza to share with a big group, you should give the Pizza Company a try.