restaurant: monza, charleston, sc


Sometimes our weekdays with two working parents and two kids under the age of three can feel a lot like trying to move precious artifacts across a war-torn countryside.  Now before you roll your eyes at me for being melodramatic, hang in with me here: we have precious cargo (our littles) who, when their demands are not met, hurl objects and insults at us while we try in desperation to figure out a series of logistical events (commuting home, dinner, bath and bedtime) without losing any one of our men (or their limbs, for that matter).  On a good day, our carefully thought-out plan has us all smiling, cuddling and dancing to Owl City at the end of the night.  On a bad day — well, let’s just say there’s a lot of crying and laying on the floor face down (even the adults).

Enter our weekday savior: Monza Pizza.

mzgac2Left: fresh butterbean salad dressed with lemon and olive oil; right: the Gravy Baby shows Monza Pizza the cheese

Monza is an affordable pizza joint with high-end ingredients, amazingly chewy thin crust dough, and fresh takes on sides and other dishes that round up a typical pizzeria’s menu.  We don’t go often, but when we do, everyone wins.



Last week was particularly bone-chillingly cold, and so we blew into Monza early, shivering and flustered from racing through the rain.  The butterbean salad, made with fresh ones out of Johns Island, is the Gravy Baby’s favorite appetizer in town, and within minutes we saw his frantic “FEED ME NOW” face relax back into his normal impish grin.  Gravy Too, on the other hand, couldn’t get enough of the margherita pizza.

As for the hubby and I — well, let’s just say we were super grateful for a relaxing respite before our next battlefield logistics operation.

Monza Pizza | 451 King Street | Charleston, SC


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I’m Ann, a mom / wife / lawyer / certified culinary enthusiast. I share recipes, travel guides and home life tips while living overseas. Currently based in São Paulo, Brazil.

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