How many restaurants can you not only enjoy the food, but know that your meal is not only feeding yourself, but is also feeding a child in Malawi? Only one that I know of: Malawi’s Pizza. For every meal purchased, they donate a meal to feed a child in Malawi. Such a fantastic idea!
We arrived at Malawi’s and joined the line to order (you order at the counter, find a seat, and a server brings your order to your table identified by the little number you’ve placed in a holder). They’ve got a nice assortment of tasty-sounding pizzas, pastas, salads, & dessert pizzas. If you can’t decide, you can also get a combo meal: full pizza with a half salad for $14.50 or a half salad with a half portion of pasta for $10.95. The menu features a nice selection of unique pizzas with the more traditional favorites like Pepperoni, too.
Mr. Diner chose the Meat Safari pizza ($9.95), which featured pepperoni, sausage, ham, & bacon. I went for the Pesto Chicken ($9.95) with chicken, pesto cream, asparagus, spinach, & gorgonzola. We found a table (difficult because it was a crowded Saturday night at the Riverwoods) and filled up our drinks at the fountain drink station. It was a reasonable wait time for our meals to be delivered to the table and we enjoyed the fun atmosphere. The décor is dark and African-inspired, but has plenty of light. They also have several wall-mounted televisions showing various sporting events.
Their pizzas feature a very thin cracker-like crust, which we enjoyed. It really highlighted the flavors of the toppings. The weight of the toppings makes it difficult to pick up a slice until you’ve taken a few bites, so we ate the first few bites of each slice with a fork. The toppings were of an excellent quality; everything seemed freshly prepared, which makes sense coming from the chef of one of my favorite restaurants (La Jolla Groves).
The meats were flavorful on the Meat Safari, but there was little sauce or cheese. I guess that helps keep the cracker-y crust crisp. The Pesto Chicken has tender, thin slices of chicken with nice, crisp sections of asparagus. I would have liked more pesto cream, since I think it probably evaporated in the oven. I couldn’t taste much of it, but I still really enjoyed the pizza. The gorgonzola cheese was very tasty with this combination of flavors.
I expected to take most of my pizza home (take-home boxes are available at the counter), but ended up eating almost all my medium-sized pizza! I think because the crust is so light, it’s not as filling as a regular pizza (of which I usually only eat one or two slices).
We’d love to go back to Malawi’s Pizza to try more. I think next time I’d like to share a full pizza and half salad combo so we have room for a dessert pizza (they have six varieties!)and maybe some breadsticks! I’m also intrigued by the newer Dijon Chicken pizza…mmmmmm. For those who eat gluten-free, they have a gluten-free crust for $2.50 more. A wheat crust is also available.
Entrée Price: $
Average Fork Rating: 4
Mr. Diner: 4
Mrs. Diner: 4