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Gino’s Pizzeria

Almost a year ago to the day, Gino’s New York Style Pizza opened its doors here in Itaewon and a mere 365 days later later they are opening up a second location right across the street. The new location is set to be a slice shop and to help with their vast and numerous take out orders. The original location became wildly popular after featuring in a a bunch of TV spots which kept a steady queue of customers at its doors but made locals feel unwanted.  The new shop has seating / standing room for half a dozen or so customers but come springtime there will be outdoor seats available. The joint is the kind of eat and go place, if you want to have a leisurely lunch then head back to the original across the street.

After perusing the menu and the display case we ordered a Plain Cheese (4,000). Very simple, but hits the spot perfectly. A bit pricier than some of the other plain cheeses slices around but its certainly tastier, and almost as good as the full size pizza. I can imagine being very happy munching on one of these babies when I’ve had a few too many drinks on a Friday night. We also got the new Grandma Slice (6,000), a Sicilian style slice with a thicker more robust crust, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. This one was also delicious and a nice variation from the ultra thin slices.  Owner Euguene told me they still have a couple of kinks to work out to make sure customers are getting fresh slices and they aren’t throwing too many away but on the whole I think its perfect for anyone looking for a quick snack at this end of town.

Also new to the menu are a selection of  calzones. I couldn’t resist getting the Chicken Alfredo Calzone (12,000) as its one favourite pizza toppings across the street. The golden dough was stuffed with mozzarella, breaded chicken, spinach, mushrooms, red onion, alfredo sauce and ricotta. It was heavenly especially as it came with extra sauce on the side. A tad on the expensive side for lunch but nice for a treat.They also have a couple parmesan sandwiches on the menu which looked good but I didn’t have the room for.

Along with the slices, sandwiches, and calzones the store will also be serving Lala Milkmade’s delicious ice cream. I’ve been a huge fan of Jen and her frozen treats since when had a shop called Ellay’s in Seochon. She has since opened another store in Gyeongbukgong trading under the name LA LA Milkmaid. The ice cream we tried was the Jameson’s Bacon, and the Guinness & Chocolate (4,500). Both ice creams were deliciously rich and creamy, but I’d have to give the edge to the Jamesons & bacon just because it had the sweet and salty pairing I love so much. I believe there are also another couple of flavours on the menu too, well worth a try even if it is freezing outside.

 

Gino’s Pizzeria is having its grand opening today (December 31st) and to celebrate will be selling 1,000won plain cheese slices, 2,000won pepperoni slices, 1,000won cups of blue point toasted lager, 1,000won jarritos, and 1000won ice creams from Lala milkmaid (one slice per customer). The doors open at 12pm on December 31st, get there early or very late as I’m sure there will be one hell of a queue. What better way to ring in the new year than with a cheap, tasty slice of pizza.

Gino’s Pizzeria is located at 455-47 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan, Seoul. To get there take a train to Noksapyeong Station (line 6) and exit using the lift next to thew shop. Walk over the bridge and then take a right, follow the road around and you will see Gino’s Pizzeria just ahead on the corner above Nori Table. For more information you can call them on  02-790-2235 or check out their facebook page. Ginos will be open from 12:00pm – 10:00pm Tue-Sun. 

Motor City

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Before I jetted off on my jaunt around Europe, I paid a visit to new pizza joint on the block Motor City. I honestly thought that there was no where else for pizza to go in this city after trying almost every slice of cheese and tomato covered goodness that Seoul had to offer. I thought I had seen it all, turns out I was wrong, I’d yet to try Detroit Style. Quite frankly I had never even heard of the Detroit style slice until Motor City opened its doors, so didn’t really know quite what to expect, but after being turned on to deep dish style by the Chicago slice after years of being a thin crust girl I wasn’t going to miss out on trying this version too. (more…)

Gino’s NY Style Pizza

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Pizza being one of my favourite things to eat, I thought it was about time that I did a follow up on Gino’s NY Style Pizza. Since opening its doors at the end of last year it has become exceptionally busy, more than likely because of the popular Korean Girls Eat American Pizza video. Which is probably why it has taken me all this time to do a follow up, my last few visits it has either been full to bursting or they have only had the small pies left, which quite frankly I frown upon. Luckily for me we managed to snag a table at the weekend and I enjoyed one of my favourite foods outside for once instead on my sofa. (more…)

Gino’s NY Pizza

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Last summer I met a man in a pub. We soon got chatting about food and travel and the conversation swiftly moved on to the pizza in New York. Now I’m no expert but I certainly did try my fair share of slices whilst I was in the Big Apple early last year, and I’ve been craving one of those super skinny cheese topped goodies ever since. As we continued to chat, Eugene revealed to me that he was getting into the pizza business himself and was currently on the lookout for premises in the Itaewon area to open up his own New York Style Pizzeria. I was as happy as a clam upon hearing the news, despite the fact that there’re about 8 pizza restaurants on every corner of the neigbourhood, most of them leave a lot to be desired. So I waited, and waited and waited, until finally, about 6 months later, I heard that Gino’s was to open its doors, and the second I came back from Bali I accepted Eugene’s kind invitation to come and give it a try on the house. (more…)

Paulies

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In the expat community pizza is taken incredibly seriously, and the arrival of a non Korean style pizza parlour always gains much intrigue and debate. So when Paulies opened its doors a few weeks ago, the foodie community were there in an instant to check it out and give their critique. After hearing many wonderful things myself I had to go and have a slice or two and give it a try myself. (more…)

Manimal

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Watch out Seoul, there’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s brought a big bad smoker with him. Owned and run by Jeff Kang, previously of Wildfire, Manimal is the the latest American BBQ restaurant to set up in Itaewon. This review is coming to you straight off the press, as they only opened for soft launch a mere 5 days ago. (more…)

Maddux Pizza

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Food Blogging can be such a fickle mistress sometimes, you take a few weeks out to go on vacation and almost instantaneously you are way behind the restaurant times. Maddux Pizza has only been open a few short weeks but it’s already proving to be very popular on the pizza lovers grape vine. The small yet ample restaurant is located in the every growing myriad of Itaewon’s back alleyways just up from The wolfhound.

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Guilty Pleasure

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Last weekend I finally got around to trying the Brunch at Guilty Pleasure. God knows what took me so long as this place has been open for months and I eat more than my fair share of brunches, in fact I probably eat my fair share of other people’s brunches too! (more…)

Japanese Style Silken Tofu

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Every since eating at Lost Heaven in Beijing, I have been absolutely obsessed with silken tofu. I just can’t get enough of that creamy jello textured tofu goodness. Topped with soy sauce, garlic, chilli and green onions, it’s heaven on a plate. For years I had turned my nose up at this joyous delight preferring to have a firmer squeezed style tofu which has a more similar texture to meat. But the silken tofu is so much more lustrous and since it doesn’t even need cooking it’s the quickest and easiest meal to make ever. It’s also crazy healthy and cheap to make. It tastes great with eggplants and mushrooms too, but you can top it with anything you like. (more…)

Crispy Duck with Hoisin sauce

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Crispy duck with hoisin sauce and pancakes is one of my absolute all time favorite meals in the whole whole world. The crispy shard like skin, the tasty morsels of duck and the sweet sticky taste of the hoisin, all wrapped up with cucumbers and spring onions in a wafer thin pancake . Nothing could be better, but I have yet to ever eat it here in Korea. I’ve had it on visits to China of course, and I can’t wait to go to the crispy duck capital of the world this Christmas but I couldn’t wait until then for my next fix. About a week or two ago I found out that hoisin sauce is available here in Korea and it’s been hiding in plain sight in dear old Homeplus. How many times have I brought jars back from home only to have them disappear from my life in mere days, when there was ample stock here in the peninsula. I could kick myself indeed. For future reference, this is what the jar looks like, so go forth and stock your cupboard full of the Chinese saucy goodness.

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