Richmond - Mr Pizza Man’s Brazilian marmitex redux ... sort of
The post about Mr. Pizza Man’s Brazilian food was one of those lost as part of the import, so no other information really exists about it.
Time for an update anyway since it had just been sold at the time of my report and I now have a little better understanding of Brazilian food.
A marmitex is a Brazilian boxed lunch. At Mr. Pizza Man I was told ‘a nice little girl from Brazil’, Rosa, cooks the food.
It can be anything that Rosa feels like cooking that day, usually some type of beef or chicken. There is also a fresh green salad, yucca, plantains, rice, a cooked vegetable and some of the most bacon-licious beans with lots of tasty little pieces of bacon.
A choice of canned soda or bottled Brazilian juice comes with the meal. All for $9 which is a price increase of fifty cents with the new ownership.
As for other Brazilian food ...
They also sell x-tudos, a Brazilian burger with bacon, sausage, frankfurter, cheese, beef patty, fried eggs, lettuce, tomato, corn and onions ... all in one French roll.
There are Brazilian sweet and savory pizzas
Brazilian Combo – chicken, green olives, tomato, onion, palm, bacon with ranch sauce
Brazilian Sweet Pizza – Cheese, white chocolate, raisins, peaches, plums and condensed milk
Brazilian banana pizza – cheese, banana, sugar, cinnamon, condensed milk
Banana calzone pizza - cheese, banana, sugar, cinnamon, condensed milk
My opinion is that this is the best of the Bay Area Brazilian pizzas which tend to be the soft doughy type. Mr. Pizza Man’s is still soft, but less doughy and yeastier, the thick cornmeal bottom giving it crispiness and chewiness.
Go with some of the most interesting of the 42 toppings, like the BBQ beef I enjoyed. The giant-sized slices are $2.70.
A few other interesting combos of the many:
The Latino – Cheese, Guadalajara sauce, black olives, beef, onions, jalapeños, chorizo sausage, and ranchero cheese.
Carne Asada – Grilled steak, red onions, Monterey jack, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, cilantro and tomato sauce
Richmond Special - BBQ roast beef and beef ribs, BBQ hickory sauce and mozzarella
Seafood special – clams, shrimp and crab
Some toppings in addition to the same old, same old ... green, red or white onions ... peppers - red, yellow, green bell or roasted red ...salmon, pine nuts and asparagus.
They also have 16 entrees, 15 appetizers and side orders, 20 pastas, and 17 sandwiches which includes a Philly cheese steak.
Currently, other than the marmitex, they are Italian and American.
Back to the marmitex ...
The chicken is usually the better choice. It is long cooked and fall apart tender and delicious. One thing I’ve since learned is that Brazilians add tiny hot little bottled peppers call pimenta to food.
So I went back to try out my two bottles of pimento I bought from the Brazilian grocery store up the street, Sabor Brazil. There are bottles of pimenta malagueta available at Mr. Pizza man too, so no need to supply your own. It seems most Brazilian pizza joints have the pimentas, so just ask.
The green salad was fresh, crisp and nicely dressed with a light vinaigrette. It had romaine, cucumbers, onions and a bit of tomato. Good on its own, extra tasty with pimenta added.
Only beef was available on my recent visit. The four large, dense cubes of beef were subtly spiced and, again, the flavor perked up with the pimenta.
Rosa likes butter. The yucca here is soft and deliciously buttery. The plantains can be a little greasy, but, but ... buttery good. Sometimes the veggies are cooked perfectly, sometimes, like today’s too-cooked broccoli they can run on the soft side. But butter to the rescue.
It is the rice and bacony beans that star. No peppers on the beans. They are just too, too good.
The Richmond Mr. Pizza Man also has a few shelves of Brazilian groceries.
The original Brazilian owners moved back to Brazil this year after their children were grown. The new owner is slowly upgrading. There is a new entrance and the restaurant is a little neater with the groceries now behind glass shelves. They said there will be some major redecorating.
They have applied for a liquor license and there are plans to add more Brazilian food like salgadinhos (snacks/appetizers).
I went to Mr. Pizza Man as a joke. In San Francisco it was the worst pizza I ever had in my life. All Mr. Pizza Man shops are not created equally. This one is independently owned and operated since 1990.
I re-read my word document of my original post. Good riddance. Note to self, stick to writing about the food.
Mr Pizza Man
353 24th Street (on the same block as the MacDonald Ave McDonald’s
)Richmond, CA 94804
Open 365 days a year
Free delivery with minimum $10 order
Deliveries Sunday - Friday: 10 am - 2 pm
Deliveries Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 3 am
I suspect those are the hours of the shop too. There are a few tables. Nothing fancy, bare-bones décor right now ... tables, chairs, walls, ceiling, floor.
The bread crumbs are farofa, or yucca flour. I've never had it at Mr. Pizza Man. I had an ok, nothing special version at the outdoor, occasional weekend BBQ at Sabor Brazil up the street.
I had a really good version that made me see the point of farofa at Cybelle's in Daly City. It had a nice toasty taste and was full of bacon flavor.
I never got dessert at Mr. Pizza Man either. Sounds like a pudim which I have yet to try anywhere. Could the stuff in the white sauce possibly been hearts of palm which seems to be big in Brazilian food? I'm trying to think if I've ever got meat and meat in the marmitex.
The chicken, if available, is the better option if available, not only here, but other Brazilian joints. Failing that I'm growing really fond of those bottled pimentas that really add dimension to some of the more bland Brazilian food not only here but elsewhere. They have a bottle at Mr. Pizza Man or you could buy a bottle for about a buck.
Sabor Brazil I noticed have these pimpenta at their snack counter plus a bottle of that yellow sauce, the name of which escapes me right now. Given Sabor Brazil is mainly snacks, I have no idea how people are using the peppers and sauce. Next time I go I'm going to ask what I can order that would use the yellow sauce. This weekend the Brazilian church next to Sabor Brazil is having a feijoda dinner that I might try.
I've only had a single slice of pizza at Mr. Pizza Man, so I'm thinking your solution of not cutting it might work. I'm saving my whole pizza splurge there some day for the dessert pizza which isn't sold by the slice.
I picked up a marmitex and a pizza at Mr Pizza Man Satuday evening, just before sunset.
The marmitex featured steak and onions over rice, with a small layer of beans under the rice. The meat was unobjectionable and unexceptional; more beans would have been nice. In the polystyrene box's two accessory compartments were some mystery dishes. One was a very creamy sauce with what seemed to be tender pieces of lean (white meat) chicken or pork. It could have been a cheese sauce, I just couldn't figure out the flavor. The other seemed similar to seasoned bread crumbs. In addition to the soda, a small portion of coconut pudding was included. The pudding was sweet, but not too sweet, and contained grated coconut bits.
The pizza was the "carne asada" combination with red onions and fresh tomato slices on a cheese pizza. The beef, cut into irregular pieces and heavily seasoned with salt and pepper, was rich and tender, and provided a good contrast to the somewhat bland cheese. I almost never eat pizza, but this was a pretty good one. Unfortunately, the crust got a bit soggy on one side, perhaps due to tomato juices running down through the cuts between slices. I wonder whether ordering it not sliced would avoid this problem?
Hope you will stop by Sabor Brazil on the corner of MacDonald and San Pablo and have one of their great fruit drinks. I like them best with milk.
Thanks so much, but I have no illusions about even being in the league of R.W. Apple ... or any pro food writer ... truly a case of apple and oranges. Didn't actually hear of him until long after selecting my name based on an M&M commercial ... "nothing Rhymes With orange" ... I DO ... roar-ange. I read his stuff after the fact. Wonderful great.
But I do agree that that great food writers inspire us all and, as a result, live through us each time we eat anything delicious and share those experiences with others.