Mi Tio’s Place – Volcan

When I saw this Volcan Restaurant review, it made my mouth water. I decided to post it here for any Chiriquí Chatter readers that might be in the Volcan area. If you stop in, let me know if it is that good.

Mi+Tio's+Place+Menu“From time to time we come across something so fantastic that we are compelled to talk about it to others.  I have to let you know that this is one of those times.

Just recently I happen to be at Mi Tio’s Place (Formerly Il Forno’s Pizzaria) visiting with Joe and Jim.  Joe was celebrating his first opening week.  We were checking out the menu and looking at the specials when I realized that I had never tasted one of his pizzas.  As some of you know I am a pizza fanatic.  I love it.  Finding a fresh, high quality pizza pie in this area has proven to be quite a challenge.  A few friends happen to walk in to his place at that time to sit down and order a pie.  As we visited they shared a slice of Joe’s Melazane Pizza.  This pizza is a Vegeterian Pizza as it contains grilled eggplant, roasted garlic, tomato, mozzarella cheese, herbs, spices, and pizza sauce.  Not my first choice for a pie but how can I refuse.  The smells that were coming off of this pie were a treat all by themselves.  It was if a dance had begun and nothing else in the world mattered.  The star of the show was now sitting in the middle of the table and 3 pizza lovers were huddled around it in amazement.  As our mouths began to salivate we then began to tear apart this masterpiece of edible art.  Bite after Bite this pizza delivered.  From the rustic and traditional Italian crust that was hand formed to the toppings that were strategically placed on top, each bite brought a flavor of the Old Country to your mouth.

After finishing my one slice I jumped up from the table as if I had just come to grand realization.  “I NEED A PIE RIGHT NOW!!” I exclaimed.  How could I deprive my wife (who was at home) from this rare treat.  All of a sudden Jim said ,”No Problem!”.  5 minutes later the pie was ready!!!  We ate pizza that night and still talk about it today…

What makes Joe’s pizzas so special is that he uses his wood fired brick oven set at almost 700 degrees F.  They cook fast as he knows there are pizza lovers waiting in line to get his pies.

If you find yourself in Volcan and want a great treat to the palate go to Mi Tio’s Place (Formerly Il Forno’s Pizzaria).  It’s located off the main road in Volcan just past the police station.  Turn left at Fink’s Hardware store.  They are open from Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm till 10pm and on Sunday from 11am to 7pm.

I have attached his menu.  Every week he also has specials to offer.  Be sure to stop by and say hi to Joe.  Tell him the Cajun sent you…”

5 thoughts on “Mi Tio’s Place – Volcan

  1. I’ll have to make the pilgrimage. There’s NOTHING better than wood-fired pizza. That’s how they baked them all over the French Riviera. What I miss most of all about how pizza was served there was they’d set a wine bottle of olive oil filled with herbs and hot peppers on the table with your order. Drizzle that over your pizza and you’re in heaven.

  2. Who is the Cajun you mention ? Being in Louisiana for 74 years now, always like to meet another displaced person from La. Just to swap Boudreaux jokes and the conditions in La.Will be in David, Boquete, Bocas del Toro in early September this year. Robert S.

  3. The write-up and photo were done by whoever the Cakon is. I have not been ther and can’t confirm that the descriptions are accurate, but it did make me want a piece of pizza.

  4. I ate here just last night with my wife and can confirm it is as good as any pizza I have eaten in Panama. I think the Cajun has quite a way with words though. My wife and I split a pizza 1/2 prociutto and gorg and the other 1/2 the veg described earlier and both were great. I personally favored the non veg. My only complaint, and its not a small one, is that even though they are cooked in a wood fired oven, there was no wood burning last night. It is cooked with a large gas torch, but still not a bad substitute. I am hoping this is only a temporary substitute and the wood will be burning again soon. The owner and his staff are very friendly and deserve all the help they can get. I would give them 3.5 out of 5 for their efforts. Keep up the good work.

  5. We know Joseph from different markets and his breads have always been tasty. We encourage the support of this kind man and his fine food.
    We have not had the pleasure of eating at his “new” restaurant but will soon.
    Cameo Wines aka Kersti and David

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