I have always loved Boston Pizza. It’s a great family restaurant, a relaxing atmosphere and lots of fun for the kids. In May, when I found out I had Celiac Disease, I was discouraged. What restaurant would be safe to eat at? Surprisingly, Boston Pizza was the answer. They had a Gluten free menu that allows me to enjoy things like PIZZA but avoiding the bloating, pain and discomfort that I experience when I come in contact with Gluten. Could Boston Pizza get any better? I had to ask….. 😉
Two weeks ago, PTPA asked me if I would be one of their Brand Ambassador for Boston Pizza. Of course I was ecstatic! On Saturday, all the Boston Pizza Ambassadors, their families (especially children!) were invited to the Young and Sheppard location to see all the changes Boston Pizza has made to their children’s program. My kids were so excited. The week prior to the event was crazy! The kids asked daily if it was ‘THE’ day! I thought they would burst with excitement! We woke up Saturday to brilliant sunny skies, a nip in the air and the occasional first flurry of the season!
I was impressed from the minute we entered the restaurant to the moment we left. We were greeted by an amazing hostess who promptly lead us to our section. The best thing is she treated kids like they were royalty! She escorted DS4 to his table, asking him about his day and asked what he thought he was going to eat. It really made him feel special, like he was an important guest and warmed my heart that just because he was a kid he wasn’t brushed off.
It was an electric atmosphere at Boston Pizza! Virtual friends that I have talked to daily becoming real life people! I finally got to meet twitter friends from PTPA, Kathryn and the owner Sharon and fellow bloggers Cheryl (kidsonaplane), Kate (Littlemisskate), Nicole (adomesticatedmomma), and Annie (Itsjustmylife). The kids and I had the pleasure of sitting with Annie and her family! What a marvelous family they were! My kids and I felt so comfortable them, it was like going out to dinner with an old friend.
When we first arrived at the tables, we were greeted with a big bouquet of red and blue balloons. DS6 asked the hostess who’s birthday it was, she smiled and said it was nobody’s birthday but a day to celebrate being a kid. At each child’s place setting was a small pizza box. I’d like to call it a TREASURE BOX. Each box contained a wide variety of activities to amuse the kids while they wait for their meal. These activities include a puzzle book and crayons, pop out chess pieces, and a deck of Boston Pizza themed cards to play memory with. This is a new standard item at all Boston Pizza’s. Their aim to make the restaurant family friendly and ensure that everyone is having a good time.
DS6 ‘s opinion: “I loved the crayons and puzzle book! There was lots of different activities for me to do and I didn’t get to do them all before my dinner came!” *POUT*
After we examined the amazing boxes it was time to choose the meal. Usually there is a struggle between my kids and I. I want them to have something healthy (i.e. veggies) and they want something fun like pizza, burgers, or fries. The Boston Pizza’s kids menu is incredible, we can accomplish both! For $6.99, you get your choice of a drink, a main dish, a side dish and a dessert. There are so many options; mini burgers, bugs and cheese, chicken fingers, spaghetti, and of course PIZZA! With the launch of their new kids menu, Boston Pizza has included 3 new items; pizza dogs, pizza pinwheels, and a new healthy item ~ Chopstick Chicken and Rice. With these choices, every child is sure to be satisfied. My sons both choose pizza and fries (it was a celebration so I let the veggies slide!) and DD1 had bugs n’cheese and mixed veggies. Being gluten free, my options were limited but never the less delicious! I choose Lemon baked Salmon and a garden salad. I have never had such a savory, juicy, flavorful piece of salmon as I did at that meal. I can only imagine what their signature pizza tasted like! The kids didn’t complain!
Dessert was a treat! My kids are a little weird! They are not a fan of chocolate! Sometimes I wonder if they are really mine! When looking at the kids menu, they really had their eyes on the worms n’ dirt. Dirt meaning a chocolate pudding, ice cream mixture. DS6 asked the waitress if he could have worms in snow (vanilla ice cream). After thinking about it for a minute, the waitress smiled and made my sons wishes come true. They were so happy. I love that Boston pizza employees went out of their way to ensure that my sons’ had everything they wanted.