I’m a huge pizza lover, especially since moving to Korea. Shove some tomato sauce and melted cheese on top some bread and I am happy. Now personally I don’t mind a bit of Korean pizza, in fact I’m rather fond of it. I don’t have the aversion to corn that some do, but overall I’d say that the pizza landscape in Seoul is pretty darn good. We have NY style from Ginos, Maddux and the like, Italian from Trevia, and everything in between, except Chicago. Now I haven’t actually tried any of the poor offerings trying to style themselves as Chicago pizza but I have it on good authority that they leave a lot to be desired. I’m a total virgin when it comes to Chicago style pizza. My only experience was the Chicago Town frozen pizzas they sold in the supermarket when I was a kid, and quite frankly I’ve never cared for them, which has probably put me off trying it until now.


My good foodie friend James Yu has decided enough is enough. He’s sick of his city’s culinary heritage being mocked by inferior attempts at Chicago’s most glorious creation and has set about organizing a series of Popup events to showcase the pizza in all its glory. The pop up is on again today Monday the 22nd of February starting at 11:30am -3pm & 5pm -9:30pm  at Gino’s NY Pizza in Itaewon. If you haven’t visited them before they serve up some pretty amazing pizza of their own.  There are three different slices available sausage, spinach, and mushroom, all priced between 7,000 – 7,500 a slice. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a spinach slice at the last pop up at Donut Guy’s and by god was it good. A buttery almost pastry like crust, topped with layers of spinach, cheese, spinach, more cheese, and tomato sauce. There were so many layers it was like a pizza lasagne. TFB tried the sausage pizza, which was laced with lots of herby slightly aniseedy Italian sausage, I assume he adored it because I didn’t get a second bite. Now all I need is a slice of the mushroom, maybe two…


Windy City Pizza pop up is located at Gino’s NY Pizza at 46, Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul.To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station (line 6). Use the elevator to exit the building so you come out by the bridge. Walk over the bridge and turn right and follow the alley way around. Gino’s on the second floor of the strip of buildings where Coreano’s is. For more information check out the Windy City Pizza facebook page or call them on 010-9325-2772. I’d advise messaging in advance to avoid disappointment as there will be a limited amount of slices.