To call Ugi's a no-frills restaurant is really insulting to restaurants without frills.
It's a big pizza chain with rock-bottom prices, and it is sort of an institution.
Most restaurants have a menu. Ugi's? No. Ugi's has a price list.
They always have the price of a large mozzarella pizza posted in the window on a nearly unadorned page.
For a while the large mozzarella was 6.90 and then not too long ago I noticed it was up to 8 — even 9.20 at some locations.
The government should stop fabricating inflation data and just go with the Ugi's index. People might actually swallow it.
You can see from the price list above that "sodas are sold only with a straw." I think that means that you can't get a glass for your soda, but it also makes it sound like they're going to foist a straw on you whether you want it or not. (Actually, that's probably the case. Heaven forbid you drink straight from the bottle.)
Want a box for your carry-out pizza? 50 centavos, please.
The crowd is usually a mix of blue-collar types, teenagers and families, depending on the time of day and location. Yesterday I walked by one and saw a guy passed out at a table.
For as cheap as it is, Ugi's doesn't look dirty. The kitchens are open — so you can watch as the guy sneezes on your pizza. The interiors are bright, mostly white tile and plastic. I wouldn't be surprised if they just hosed down the whole place a few times a week and let it drip-dry.
Ultimately, the pizzas are the least interesting thing about Ugi's. At 8 pesos — even at 9.20 — you pretty much get what you pay for.