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This Laguna café serves pizza in reusable tampipi boxes

This Laguna café serves pizza in reusable tampipi boxes
The handwoven pizza boxes come in either round or square shapes

Homegrown restaurant The BrickOven Café isn’t just known by its regulars for their homemade goodies – the small business is also lauded for its use of locally-made, reusable tampipi boxes that house their freshly-baked pizza pie deliveries.

Each native box is handwoven from dried pandan leaves by locals from the mountains of Laguna.

Based in Barangay Labuin, Pila, Laguna, BrickOven offers two shapes for their zero-waste tampipi pizza boxes, tied beautifully with a fresh flower: round or square.

The regular square pizza costs P359 for the 10” size (one flavor), P599 for the 16” (1-2 flavors), and P1,399 for the 30” size (2-4 flavors).

You can upgrade to the round tampipi box, either in the 10″ size (P60), 16″ (P80), or 30″ (P215).

BrickOven’s specialty pizza flavors include their House Special, which is a combo of meat and veggies; the South Special made with Longganisang Lucban and kesong puti; margherita; bacon-mushroom; bacon-fries; hawaiian; and pepperoni.

The tampipi boxes, when re-used in-store, gives customers a special discount on their next order.

Due to popular demand, BrickOven can also deliver to Metro Manila customers – you just need to book your slot in advance (they’re limited per week).

BrickOven Cafe is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, except on Tuesdays. For more information (and to place your orders), you can check out their Facebook page. –