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Pizza Pizza

The great thing about Phnom Penh is that it has a plethora of restaurants that will deliver food to your residence in no time. One item that is ubiquitous to delivery is pizza. So we though it would be great to see what delivery options Phnom Penh’ers have for pizza. The Pocket Guide Cambodia has a great guide called Door 2 Door that has over 50 restaurants to choose from and we decided to use it as our resource for our Pizza delivery review.

We invited a dozen people over to a centrally located flat, ordered a bunch of pizzas and rated them to see how each pizza stacked up for delivery.

We tried to keep it as consistent as possible. The pizzas that we ordered were half Margarita and half Pepperoni (or it’s equivalent). We ordered a pizza at 7 different places in the city that were in a mile of the flat with an exception of one place and logged when we ordered the pizzas, how long the call took and when they arrived. Price, size and extras were also noted.

All the ratings were done in nyamies with 5 being the best and 1 being the worst (with the notable exception of one person that rated the pizzas from best to last- yeah you know who you are). Everyone involved had a great time and were very serious with their ratings and gave great comments which are interspersed in the ratings. The pizzas are going to be in order of time called.

Okay, I think that’s it….

And here we go!

PIZZA COMPANY – 023 880 880

Pizza from the Pizza Company

Pizza from the Pizza Company

Called – 7:24
Finished – 7:31
Delivered – 8:00
Size – 12″
Price – $11.20

Packets of condiments from Pizza Company

Packets of condiments from Pizza Company

One notable tidbit of the Pizza Company was the packets of ketchup, chili flakes and oregano that were given with the order. No other delivery place managed anything more than a packet of chili oil.

” Wow. Nice presentation. With little plastic table. Dough is yucky but sauce is kind of tasty. And the cheese is mix is good.”

Pizza from the Pizza Company

Pizza from the Pizza Company

DELI
023 222 234

Pizza from the Deli

Pizza from the Deli

Called – 7:28
Finished – 7:30
Delivered – 8:00
Size – 12″
Price – $7.50

“Fresh basil, yum! but the thin crust made it a bit soggy in the middle”

Pizza from the Deli

Pizza from the Deli

COMME ALA MAISON
012 951 869

Pizza from Comme a la Maison

Pizza from Comme a la Maison

Called – 7:30
Finished – 7:33
Delivered – 7:57
Size – 10″
Price – $7.75

“Not Italian but tasty. Nice cheese mixture.”

Pizza from Comme a la Maison

Pizza from Comme a la Maison

ARIA D’ITALIA
011/012 840 705

Pizza from Aria D'Italia

Pizza from Aria D

Called – 7:33
Finished – 7:35
Delivered – 7:55
Size – 11″
Price – $10.00

“Good flavored crust but a bit dry. It could have used more sauce.”

Pizza from Aria D'Italia

Pizza from Aria D

NIKE’S PIZZA HOUSE
012 250 295

Pizza from Nikes Pizza

Pizza from Nikes Pizza

Called – 7:35
Finished – 7:36
Delivered – 7:55
Size – 10.5″
Price – $7.00

“Parmesan on top. Spicy pepperoni was the best so far.”

“Meh. Can taste oregano but sauce and cheese mix ok.

Pizza from Nikes Pizza

Pizza from Nikes Pizza

CHEZ DIM
012 700 468

(Please note that the pizza had been sliced to smaller pieces before I could take a photo of it and does not represent how it looked when it arrived)

Pizza from Chez Dim

Pizza from Chez Dim

Called – 7:39
Finished – 7:40
Delivered – 8:00
Size – 11″
Price – $7.00

“Not much special. Kinda in the middle”

Pizza from Chez Dim

Pizza from Chez Dim

LUNA D’AUTUMNO
092 798 781

Pizza from Luna D'Autumno

Pizza from Luna D

Called – 8:27
Finished – 8:30
Delivered – 8:50
Size – 12″
Price – $8.00

“Pizza was nice. The sauce was OK but not perfect. Rather tasty!”

Pizza from Luna D'Autumno

Pizza from Luna D

And the winner is……

Luna D’Autumno with 41 nyamies out of 50!!!!!

Here’s how the rest of the pizzas fared:

Nike’s Pizza House – 38 nyamies
Comme ala Maison – 37 nyamies
Chez Dim – 34.5 nyamies
The Deli – 31.5 nyamies
Aria D’Italia – 29 nyamies
Pizza Company – 21.5 nyamies

I have placed a map of the area where each restaurant is in terms of where the pizzas were delivered which is in the area of the blue circle.

Map of pizza delivery restaurants

Map of pizza delivery restaurants

Many thanks for the reviewers that took the time out of their busy Friday night to participate in this review.

Just curious, what is your favorite delivery food in Phnom Penh??

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Mama’s New York Deli

I drive a motorbike in this town and one of the things I miss is the scenery that whizzes on by. I think it’s my constant paranoia of being run over by a helmetless freshie boy on a moto or a plateless SUV barreling down the wrong side of the street that keeps my eyes glued to the road. Which is why I have been taking walks around town. It gives me a chance to check things out and also to keep up with my podcasts.

Mama's New York Deli exterior

Mama's New York Deli exterior

It was on one of these walks when I spied a new restaurant near my house and stopped on in. To my surprise, an old acquaintance opened the joint with her running the front of the house while her mom (Mama Ung) commands the kitchen.
We had a bit of a chat and went for a review a couple of days later.

One note about the review: Mama’s was only open 5 days so the food and prices might have changed.

Mama’s is a no frills restaurant with an interior has a spartan and airy feel to it. There is a refrigeration unit on your right when you walk in that carries all sorts of drinks but if you are looking for a cheap drink, they have fountain sodas for only $0.50.

The food is anything but spartan. The portions are huge and very tasty. Every plate came with a fresh garden salad, french fries and homemade pickles. Just what I would like from a deli style restaurant.  We ordered the corned beef on rye, the meatball sub on baguette and the patty melt (which wasn’t part of the menu but is now).

Corned beef sandwich with french fries and homemade pickle

Corned beef sandwich with french fries and homemade pickle

The corned beef was cut deli style and served with chopped lettuce, sliced tomato, a slice of white cheddar and slathered with mayo. The rye was toasted on a griddle and had enough butter to keep me wiping my hands on my napkin.

Meatball sub at Mama's New York Deli

Meatball sub at Mama's New York Deli

I enjoyed the meatball sub which had a great tomato sauce that was tangy and sweet. Once again portion size wasn’t a problem but I feel a bit of cheese could have helped along the sub.

Patty melt at Mama's New York Deli

Patty melt at Mama's New York Deli

My favorite was the patty melt. A patty melt is traditionally a hamburger patty, grilled onions and cheese (swiss or cheddar) stuffed between two pieces of rye bread. The sandwich is then fried with some butter on a griddle to toast the bread and melt the cheese. Since it wasn’t on the menu, it was an adhoc affair with way too much cheese on the burger. Usually I don’t complain about these things but after eating the first two sandwiches, the level of gluttony was hitting epic levels.  — Vinh

Cheese overload on the patty melt

Cheese overload on the patty melt

Having lived in NYC for a few years and being relatively poor, I ate slices and bodega deli sandwiches for probably 75% of my meals.   There is just something about how NYC deli’s don’t hold back on the unhealthy-ness.  Everything is buttered, grilled, slathered with mayo and delicious and Mama’s has this down.  We started with the corn beef and meatball sub which were both damn good.  Corn beef was the stand out on this first round of sandwiches but the meatball sub was not bad at all, I think it’s just tough to get a good roll here.

For the next round we asked if they could make a patty melt which wasn’t on the menu but after some explanation they agreed to give it a try.  Oh man, it was bomb.  As Vinh mentioned, a little overloaded with cheese but it kind of just fell out on the side so if you avoided that chunk, the rest was amazing.  The homemade fries were lacking but we had way too much food so I wasn’t missing them.  Overall, this place is great and I’m happy for some NYC comfort food. — Bryse

4.5 out of 5 nyamies Bryse

3.5 out of 5 nyamies Vinh

The menu has changed from the time of review so I have enclosed the menu here.
Mama’s New York Deli
House #60, Street 63
Inbetween streets 380 and 392
078 948 103

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