Pinakbet Pizza at Herencia Cafe

During my Ilocos Vacation Tour, one of the places that I was able to visit was the Paoay Church. It’s a baroque church that was built in 1704 and was completed in 1894 by the Augustinian friars. Wow, that’s around 190 years of construction!


Anyway, after touring this UNESCO World Heritage site, me and my friends became hungry and we decided to eat and try the fusion cuisine of the restaurant just in front of the church named, Herencia Cafe.


And what else are we going to eat but their famous Pinakbet Pizza! Woot! At first we were having second thoughts about ordering this but in the end, we decided that it will be a unique eating experience.


When the Pinakbet Pizza was served on the table, I immediately wondered if it would taste like the real pinakbet, which is one of my favorite Pinoy dishes. So I took a slice and gave it a bite.


The Pinakbet Pizza actually tasted like well, pizza and not really pinakbet (the ulam). It had ground pork, cheese and lots of vegetables that’s usually used in Pinakbet (obviously).

In my opinion, if you close your eyes and you don’t know what you’re eating, you wouldn’t know that it’s Pinakbet Pizza you’re eating. You might think that you’re just eating a yummy thin crust pizza in Pizza Hut or Shakeys.

The taste of the vegetables is subtle and it complements the overall concept of the pizza. So this is fusion cuisine. Eating pizza with Solanum melongena (talong), Momordica charantia (ampalaya), Vigna unguiculata sesquipedalis (sitaw) and Abelmoschus esculentus (okra) was a unique and fun experience.


So that’s your history and botany lesson for the day. PG Respondent Fitz promises to give you more of his food adventures in Ilocos in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

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12 Responses to “Pinakbet Pizza at Herencia Cafe”

  1. Micamyx says:

    Ay na! Mabisinak! Kayat ko ti Pakbet ken Pizza! (woot)

    (I hope maintindihan mo, Fitz LOL)

  2. johnibanez says:

    Sarap naman niyan. gusto ko pizza. now na. hahaha

  3. jehzlau says:

    mukhang ang sarap naman neto. waaaaaaaaaa!

    @micamyx – di ko gets ~_~

  4. kill3rfill3r says:

    indiak pay nkaraman ti kasta ah…agawid dak man dyay ilocos.hehehe

  5. Micamyx says:

    @jehzlau – it means “Naku, gutom na ako! Gusto ko ng Pakbet Pizza!” in Ilocano 😀

    @Killerfiller – haan ak pay nkaram met. kayat ko man haha

  6. castanzo says:

    wow, pinakbet pizza! brings back memories of a roadtrip we took a couple years back when me and my sibs went on a roadtrip to ilocos – – we ordered takeout for a couple of these babies, drove to one to the seaside resorts near the sand dunes, plopped on the sand and wolfed down the pizzas, guzzling them down with san mig light under a full moon :) haaaaayyyy….

  7. jayson says:

    i like what my friend did to the good food serve in ilocos. Xash did a phenomena food to be remembered by ilocanos.

  8. art bustamante says:

    Mr. Brian (Xash) Gaw is the master chef of herencia cafe who did the great tasting pizza with the twist of ilocano dish.

  9. hasmin says:

    magkano po itong pinakbet pizza?

  10. perennial_late says:

    around 300+++ for the family size…
    ’tis good! yum!

  11. Pinakbet says:

    wow… pinakbet pizza? what are the toppings?

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