Why Cebuanos love the nostalgic Mom’s Pizza

Ah, the old reliable and original pizza of Cebu. If you’ve lived in Cebu for a while, chances are you’ve enjoyed a box (or a few) of Mom’s Pizza. The signature pizza used to be sold in canteens, snack bars, and inside malls. Standalone booths would even sell slices on the street!

Mom’s Pizza used to be everywhere before other restaurants and joints came over. Honestly, there’s no wondering why it became a hit and still serves pizza today.

Photo from Mom’s Pizza-Cebu Facebook Page
Photo from Mom’s Pizza-Cebu Facebook Page
Photo by Ramil Ruedas

Their pies were simple but had all the basic flavors – sweet, savory, and a bit of sour. They served warm slices in just seconds, and above all, they were super affordable. For a time, you could get a slice of pizza for below 10 pesos!

Mom’s Pizza came in small signature green boxes. The pie always came with a layer of tomato sauce and melted cheese with ham toppings. Sometimes you’d find pizzas with green pepper and black olives.

Sure, their pizza wasn’t fancy or the most flavorful, but Mom’s Pizza sold comfort. The comfort of simple flavors, of warm dough, of having a quick bite to eat on your snack break or on your way home.

Photo from Mom’s Pizza-Cebu Facebook Page
Photo by Ramil Ruedas
Photo from Mom’s Pizza-Cebu Facebook Page
Photo from Mom’s Pizza-Cebu Facebook Page

They sold the comfort of being always readily available for you. That was mom’s magic.

Mom’s Pizza started as a home-based venture in Bulacao. The business began as pizza peddling that sold homemade pizza within the neighborhood. This was in 1988, 29 years ago. Later, the business grew and the comforting pizza reached all corners of Cebu City.

Nowadays, there are countless pizza places in Cebu. There’s now almost one pizzeria in every neighborhood in the city, and non-pizzeria cafés and restaurants seem to all have their own twists to the dish. Big names have also arrived and planted their roots in malls, but Mom’s Pizza will always be in Cebuanos’ hearts.

There’s simply nothing to not love about it. It’s tasty, it’s highly affordable, and it’s comforting. Mom’s Pizza is the true pizza of the masses.



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