Park Pizza Co. 

Dining Description:  Housemade, hand-tossed dough. Pizza made to order. Eco-friendly business operation.

User Rating:  ★★★★★ ★★★★★ by 9 Users

Hours:  Lunch (Mon.-Sat.) and Dinner (daily).

Price:  $$, $$

Features:  Menu, Image

Dining Features:  Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery

Neighborhood:  North Charleston

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A message from Park Pizza: We feel compelled to respond to the previous post, as we take food quality, safety and storage very seriously. This post is from a woman named Monica (we will keep her last name private) who contacted us in late 2009. I remember this phone call very well, since it was the one and only complaint of this kind we have ever encountered.

At that time, I tried to ease this woman who was obviously distraught over a sick child and family members, but I now find highly offensive the public accusations of 'food poisoning,' stated in her post as a matter of absolute fact. When I spoke to her, no one mentioned had seen a doctor to diagnose the actual cause of the symptoms or to rule out any other possibilities, such as a stomach flu. I tried to explain to her that, as the FDA, AMA, DHEC and numerous other professional organizations will affirm, the onset of Salmonella, E-Coli, or any other food-borne illness that could be contracted by the type of food she ordered, occurs 18-36 hours after consumption, not 30 minutes, and that if she was concerned about food poisoning, she should look to the meals eaten in previous days, especially because it was all family members who had the problems. None of our employees (we eat food from work often) or any other customers had reported feeling ill. Nor have they since.

I encourage all restaurant-goers to please be aware of the facts about food poisoning. It is a very serious accusation that could bring heavy consequences to a business and its owners. ‘Food poisoning’ is a term that should not be loosely thrown around without the proper facts.

The following site has an onset time chart and helpful information for anyone concerned about food poisoning.

http://www.foodinsight.org/Resources/Detai…

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Posted by ParkPizzaCo on January 20, 2011 at 6:09 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I own Park, and in response to Bemlar, I must point out that although it may look like styrofoam, our to-go boxes are produced using green technology and are made from corn and wheat. They are 100% biodegradable. Our pizza boxes and salad containers are made from recycled cardboard and are, themselves, recyclable. Please come see us if you have any other concerns or you'd like additional information.

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Posted by ParkPizzaCo on December 10, 2009 at 4:56 PM

In response to jks, we are so sorry you had a bad experience. We are certainly a different animal than EVO, and we fully respect the art of what they do. And although our pizza is not the same, we strive to create creative food, as well as the classics, and to make every customer happy. Everyone has a favorite pizza place, based on personal tastes, and if you end up preferring any one local establishment over another, we can certainly accept that, but if your experience was poor, that is not acceptable.

We use our own combination of high quality whole milk and part skim mozzarella, which is what we determined is the best fit for the variety of food we serve. It seems everyone’s crust in Charleston (and elsewhere) is vastly different and loyal pizza eaters are fanatical as to their favorites, but we do apologize if yours was undercooked. Our crust browns up perfectly, without the use of an added brush of olive oil. There is certainly somewhat of a degree of variation, as I’m sure you know; it is an art to learn the quirks of a temperamental stone oven (as opposed to a timed conveyer) and how the variations in day to day changes in temperature, humidity and proofing times can affect dough, but it certainly should not have been as it was. We are local owners with over 15 years of kitchen experience, and although it is our first foray into pizza and baking, we strive to listen to our customers and their feedback and feel we have struck the balance of what we like to do and what they desire. We do not believe the community owes us anything, but rather that we need to rise up to meet their expectations and we regret that we have failed to meet yours. Please let us know if you would like to try us again, and we’d be happy to have you. Contact us at anytime at parkpizzaco@gmail.com.

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Posted by ParkPizzaCo on October 28, 2010 at 1:13 AM

I adore Park Pizza! They truly have something for everyone in my family and we get delivery everytime I have friends over. Awesome crust and a sauce that's not to thick or acidic (I hate chain pizza places sauce). This week we got eight different small pizzas and all shared. Love the Bradwell, with fig preserves, blue cheese, pecans, apples and caramelized onions. They had a Pumpkin pizza on special with brown sugar and butter and it was really yummy! And add a 'Circle' Salad to your order. You wont regret it. We're new to the neighborhood and it's great to have something more than the same old, same old.

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Posted by GoinInCircles on October 28, 2010 at 12:28 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

Happy to say, I have been eating here for over a year now and the quality has always been top notch. I've worked my way thru the menu. Delicious. Try it all. :)

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Posted by artrogue on August 23, 2013 at 8:44 PM

I only have one complaint about this place. It's that I did not try it earlier. My family has been looking for a place where we can get a quality pie. Tried Park Pizza today after hemming and hawing on it. This place is awesome sauce. Chicken that is actually baked? Not oversauced or with too much cheese! I was really happy that I ate here and will be back. It is not EVO, nor does it try to be, just another slice of pizza goodness in Park Circle. If the owners could come and take over Carolina Crust ("The Krust") in Tanner Plantation, it would shorten my drive and automatically become the best pizza place in Hanahan.

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Posted by Muskie on August 5, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Pizza is better than EVO but I find myself going across the street because they dont serve beer

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Posted by T Bonz on December 11, 2009 at 4:12 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

We found out that Park delivers to Tanner in Hanahan, which now makes this a once a week place for my family and I. Every time I see a Domino's or Papa John's car in the neighborhood, I shake my head. For a few bucks extra, you could get so much better pizza. If I want quantity, I'll suffer at CiCi's. If I want quality, I grab a large BST and add chicken from Park Pizza. Local business that brings the goods.

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Posted by Muskie on August 26, 2013 at 4:44 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

We order Park Pizza about 1-2x a month. We would order it more if we weren't trying to watch our spending. That being said, when the pizza arrives to our front door (they deliver to Hanahan folks!) we are always thrilled with the results. My husband always has the same thing every time. He throws together a pizza with jalapenos and bbq pork that he swears is phenom. I usually go with the pizza of the month which never fails to disappoint. The combos there are so good that I rarely go to the regular menu pizzas but when I do, again I am pleased with the variety and flavor combos that most other pizza joints would shy away from. I will say that the Partridge in a Pear Tree (Cheddar, Mozzerlla, Chicken Sausage, Pear Preserves, Sauteed Onions, Dates...sounds crazy, right..crazy good is more like it!) from December's Pizza of the Month is my all-time fave and I cry on Jan 1st not because another year has passed but because I can no longer get that pizza. ( I tried...they don't have the stuff anymore.) In any event, when ordering keep an open mind and branch out from the pepperoni and transcend into Thai , Indian, Crawford or even She-Crab when ordering pizza. You'll be pleasantly surprised and back for more.

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Posted by mrwhitsie on January 5, 2013 at 9:12 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I remember visiting Naples for a few days while bumming around Europe for a spell after college. The transit workers were on strike, and so my girlfriend and I were stuck there for a few days. We tried to make the most it, but I found Naples to be pretty unremarkable in many ways: dirty, chaotic, noisy, with shifty-eyed, angular inhabitants whose collective will seemed to be engaged in a slow and bitter crawl toward death, each minute spent furtively scheming a way to escape this blighted hell-scape of a city.

Naples is, however, at least in the popular imagination, the birthplace of pizza. There is even an official organization that sets out rules for "official" Neapolitan pizza such as it must only be cooked at a certain temperature, in a certain oven, can't be kneaded by any mechanical means, must use only "San Marzano" tomatoes, and so on. The "official" Neapolitan pizza comes in one of two varieties held up by purists as the sine non qua of fine pizza: the Margherita and the Marinara. The former consisting solely of tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil the latter of marinara sauce, olive oil, mozzarella, and basil leaves. Neapolitans are famously fanatical about their local dish, and if you don't forcefully stop them will rant feverishly for hours about the ridiculous minutia that goes into creating the perfect pizza.

During my time in Naples I sampled a wide variety of such pizzas from the back alleyways to the tourist joints. In general, the pizzas were pretty good, if much different than American-style pies, but I couldn't help wondering if they were worth the endless amounts of hype I heard over the years about "true" Italian pizza.

I also couldn't help thinking that at that time I would have given anything to be having few drinks at a cool bar in the company of friends, my mind focused on enjoying myself rather than analyzing the extent to which the food I was eating conformed to some arbitrary set of culinary ideals or the dictates of Francois Simon. If that's what you're after I would stay away from this place. If, however, you want some really good, unique, reasonably priced pizza in town served by some of the coolest people in Charleston head to Park Pizza.

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Posted by Tristero on January 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

The storefront is tiny and minimalist, but there is outdoor seating, and so many options on the menu that you probably won't even notice. It seems like the cooks here will put just about anything on a pizza, often in surprising and delicious combinations. I've been there twice so far and I can't wait to go back. The pizza (or calzone, or sandwich) is made fresh to order and if you sit inside, you can watch them throw the dough, load up your toppings, and pop it in the oven.

My buddy had a Bradwell calzone that was a weird but tasty mix of flavors including fig preserves, apples, pecons, blue cheese, turkey sausage. I've also sampled the white Room pizza (delicious white pie), the Big Z (awesome), and Ciao Ciao (pesto yumminess). I live in the neighborhood, so I am stoked that they deliver.

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Posted by Park Circle Denizen on October 18, 2009 at 9:04 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I had a meatball sub today from Park Pizza that rocked my socks off. Perfectly moist and seasoned meatballs, perfect amount of gooey cheese, just enough tangy sauce, and the roll was toasted to a golden crispiness that remained crunchy while I ate at my desk. This was the best lunch I have had in months!

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Posted by danadominata on March 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Soooooo good! Finally! A place doing something different, but not simply for the sake of being 'quirky' or 'creative,' IT WORKS! I'm a convert to the church of Park Pizza. Been going there for a couple months and working our way through the menu. Had the Teriabi Pizza tonight on a friend's recommendation. Teryaki chicken, coconut, ppineapple, wasabi peas and this INSANELY good cucumber sauce. It might have been the best pizza i've ever had. And a big ??? as to the reviewer with all the 'advice'; I don't think a place with a line out the door and a phone that rings off the hook anytime I'm in there needs to rethink much of anything. Kudos guys!

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Posted by fandbla on December 27, 2010 at 1:53 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

The pizza is better than EVO but I find myself going across the street because they dont serve beer

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Posted by T Bonz on December 11, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Had some Park Pizza last night...DAMN it was good. The owner is supper nice, they were busy but it didn't take long to make and it was delicious!

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Posted by Craig D on February 14, 2010 at 10:11 AM

My favorite pizza place, hands down. I highly recommend "The Nacho."

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Posted by Jack Hunter on October 20, 2009 at 1:59 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

We love park pizza, and I have to get my Bradwell pizza fix once a month or bad things happen (fig preserves, turkey sausage, apples, walnuts, blue cheese, caramelized onions, nom nom nom). And every other pizza we've tried is delicious as well. And on top of that, the people that work there are super nice.

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Posted by Nenny on March 6, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I am a mother of two and a grandmother of one and my opinion of Park Pizza Company is that I would never step foot in there again. When they first opened I wanted to try something new and they were a little raw, but I'm not a snob so we went for it. The Pizza was very good and their calzones were excellent......until....one day when my granddaughter was just 12 months old we all decided to get Pizza and calzones. My daughter in law and I got calzones and the guys and granddaughter got Pizza. Within 30 minutes of leaving my house, my granddaughter was throwing her guts up. She then had diarrhea! Well, her Daddy got really sick in the middle of the night and my husband was sick for 2 days. Food Poisoning. I called and spoke with one of the owner's and she denied that food poisoning happens that quickly, quite the contrary, but said that she would be more than happy to pay if we would trust them again. We haven't been back since and we won't be going anytime soon. Thanks for hearing me out. I hope it never happens to anyone else.

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Posted by murgy2 on January 17, 2011 at 6:22 PM

just to preface this review with a few statements.

1. I make pizza at home -- atleast once a month.
2. I am no stranger to the restaurant industry as I have worked in the FOH and BOH.
3. I actually managed a wood-fired pizza place up in NY for 3 years.
4. I am a pizza snob (atleast I admit it).
5. I am not into aesthetics or service. I am there for the pizza -- plain and simple.
6. This is not a personal attack -- just one mans observation and critical feedback.

After reading some of the comments on here, I decided to stop in last night and give it a try -- as I am always looking for a great pizza in Charleston.

In a nutshell, I was thoroughly dissappointed. Ironically, the crust barely had any color to it and was on the crunchy side. It lacked the necesssary chewiness that comes with a well conditioned dough and proper cooking temperature. The crust should be golden in color. Perhaps you should brush some olive oil on the crust before baking? The cheese was likely of medium quality and didn't taste like whole milk mozzarella. The sauce to cheese ratio created a pizza that was gooey and lacked that sweet zing you get from nice well balanced tomato sauce. A mistake that many amateurs make is to think -- the more cheese the better. Well if you put too much cheese -- it actually seals the pizza and prevents the crust from truly forming. The pizza is properly cooked when it is dotted with little brown circles. This is the cheese actually burning a little bit. This changes the flavor and complexity of the pizza.

The reason I felt it necessary to leave this review is because I really believe pizza is one of those culinary treats that -- when truly understood -- can transport you to a new place. Good pizza should be well balanced and simple. I have no affiliation with EVO or any other pizza place in Charleston but EVO and Park Pizza are not even close in terms of pizza and shouldn't be compared.

Park Pizza -- Your pizza is basic at best and if that's what you are striving for -- than ignore my review. If you are looking to separate yourselves from the myriad of mediocre pizza options in Charleston -- than rethink your cooking style, your dough recipe and your proportions.








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Posted by jks on October 18, 2010 at 12:29 PM

The pizza is ok but I beg to differ about their "Eco-friendly business operation" claims given that my food arrived in styrofoam containers.

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