â€ś Â“Čili picaÂ“ offers you much more than a delicious meal. For many it has become an inseparable part of their lives. A splendid place to enjoy your breakfast, lunch or dinner, Â“Čili picaÂ“ is where you can indulge in precious moments with your friends, colleagues or family. On average up to 45 000 guests dine in pizza restaurants Â“Čili picaÂ“ and a few hundred of home deliveries are made each day. â€ž
Cili Pica is a notorious pizza chain in Lithuania and Latvia and has recently entered the market in Romania. Why is it that pizza chains with sit down restaurants are so much classier than McDonalds or other burger chains? Perhaps because the food is prepared freshly? The decor better? They're more similar to restaurants? There's a whole range of reasons and it's one of the reasons I prefer eating in pizza places, even chains than sitting eating a plastic burger from a cardboard box in a pool of somebody elses ketchup and spilt coca-cola.
I've been in numerous Cili Pica's in Lithuania and Latvia over the years and the standard or prices have not differed, the one I'll be focussing on in this review though is the one located on the main street in old town Vilnius, which I believe is the most likely that you will come in to contact with.
Address and phone number: Pilies g. 16, LT-01123 Vilnius, tel.: (5) 2609028
So what's good about this place?
Well, the thin based pizzas on offer are: enormous, tasty, fresh, cheap and served quickly no matter how busy or how late. The staff are friendly, efficient and can speak English, menus are also available in English as is there website which is not as detailed as it could be.
You can expect the standard 20-30 pizzas that you'd find in any other pizzeria and the quality is superb. I recently read a review saying that standards had dropped but that must have only been for the journalist in question as I do not notice any difference. Piping hot, sizeable pizzas are served up with two jugs of sauce (Lithuanians and neighbouring Poles and Latvians have a major obssesion with coating their pizzas in tomato sauce and even some go as far as blasting it with ketchup.. disgusting!), I do quite like the garlic sauce though.
The place has recently been re-fitted with even more seats and is a night clubbing haven because it's open until 06.00 in the morning on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (other nights, it closes around 04.00 and perhaps 02.00 on Sundays), don't worry if you have really early morning munchies though because it opens up at 08.00 again to clean up the drunken party goers mess (which is surpisingly less than you'd imagine unless a particularly mischevious visiting stag do have come across it)
Where ever you are in the Baltics, you're not far from Cili Pizza. Definitely recommended.
This chain is probably my favourite Pizza chain in the world (I do have several preferred pizzeria restaurants but this is the best chain I've ever come across)