AFTER opening its lanes to customers in Cebu two years ago, The Pitstop Restaurant has added another branch, this time in the Sky Park of SM Seaside City.
The restaurant is known for its signature dish, the mango pizza. The dish itself has an award-winning recipe that bested other mango dishes at the Guimaras’ Manggahan Festival. It was during a vacation in the island province of Guimaras that Glynnda Lopez discovered the unusual but tasty dish. Unlike other pizzas that either have a lot of meat, or a lot of vegetables, this new dish is sweet, filled with cheese and mangoes, and topped with bell peppers.
People are familiar with mango shakes and mango pies, but the mango pizza is something new to the Cebuano taste buds. So, after her vacation, Glenda decided to franchise Guimaras Island’s The Pitstop Restaurant, opening her first branch on Don Jose Avila St. in Capitol Site with a menu for both vegetarians and meat-lovers.
The Pitstop Restaurant also offers other mango-infused dishes such as the chicken adobo with mango and mango spaghetti. They also sell mango catsup and sauce, which go great with fried food, said Glenda.
Apart from the food, customers, especially car lovers, will enjoy the restaurant’s interiors as toy cars and car parts are used as decor. Glenda made it a point to decorate her restaurant this way because of the name she brought from Guimaras to Cebu, Pitstop, which is a stop for racecars where they can change tyres.
For entertainment, local bands and singers play in the The Pitstop Restaurant’s acoustic nights from Friday to Sunday at 8 p.m. The restaurant, which also has a branch in City Soho on B. Rodriguez St., Cebu City, is open to different types of occasions, and can be used exclusively for the party celebrant. Glenda added they welcome events that can be held in their restaurant, such as poetry nights. (Vania Mae Lim/USJ-R Intern)