Three pizza places to try in Taipei
If you want to take a break from eating Taiwanese or Chinese dishes, Taipei has dozens of great restaurants that can suit a western taste. You may easily spot a Pizza Hut or Domino’s walking down the street, but there are many other options if you want something more authentic. Here are three great pizza places to try in Taipei.
Maryjane Pizza 瑪莉珍比薩
Location: No.89, WenZhou St. 台北市大安區溫州街89號 (near Gongguan MRT, Exit 3)
No.33-9, Pucheng St., Daan District 台北市大安區浦城街33-9號 (near Taipower Building MRT, Exit 3)
Price: Around 200-250NT per pizza
I visited the one located near Gongguan. Since the Gongguan area is next to several big universities, it has a college town feel, and every college town needs a pizza place. The low-key and relaxed atmosphere helps it blend in well with all the other cafes in the area.
The restaurant has many vegetarian options and there are definitely some dishes that will catch your eye. If you’re a meat-eater, they also have a lot of pies with very generous portions.
There are some cheaper options less than 200NT, but if you want a more complex dish, it will set you back about 250 per pizza. A great place to visit if you want to relive your pizza-eating college days.
Pizzeria Oggi 拿坡里披薩專賣店
Location: No.19, Dexing W. Rd, Shilin Dist 台北市士林區德行西路19號 (near Zhishan MRT)
No.124, Sec. 3, Minquan E. Rd., 台北市松山區民權東路三段124號 (near Zhongshan Jr. High School MRT)
Price: Around 450-600NT per pizza
Shilin District well-known for food in general, and with a large enclave of non-Taiwanese residents, it’s obvious that many western restaurants would fill the area. Pizzeria Oggi is very different from your typical pizza restaurant, offering Neapolitan pizza (or pizza napoletana). The crust is as thin as can be, and while the toppings may sound like your typical fair such as sausage and olives, the serving size and presentation is unlike anything you’ve seen before. They also have a nutella pizza if you’re feeling adventurous. It’s not for everyone though, as people who want more standard pizza fare may not like how different this style is, and the price is notably high.
Zoca Pizza 佐佧比薩
Location: N.3 ,Lane 69 ,Rd An Ho Sec 2,Taipei 安和路二段69巷3號 (near Daan MRT)
Price: About 300NT per pizza
Zoca may be the only pizza place in Taipei that can claim they have an Italian chef working behind the counter. If you’re looking for an authentic Italian style pizza, this may be your best bet. They also have other pastries and desserts that may grab your attention. One thing I noticed was the sheer number of different pizzas they had. Their menu takes a while to peruse and you’ll be wishing you had more than one stomach. They will be closed until February 24th according to their Facebook, so you might have to wait to try it, but it will be worth the wait!
So which is the undisputed pizza king of Taipei? Hard to say. If you want a cheaper option and a relaxing atmosphere, Maryjane is great. For those who don’t mind spending the money and want something really different, Pizzeria Oggi is worth looking into. But if you just want a great pizza, it’s hard to beat Zoca. Try them all! This isn’t a definitive list though, there are definitely other pizza joints in Taipei I have my eye on…