Gino’s Pizza, Itaewon

CONTRIBUTED BY ANJALI LIND

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Gino’s Pizza is a new New York-style pizza joint in Itaewon. It is by far the best pizza I’ve had since coming to Korea, and I suggest you try it soon before everyone knows about it and the line is out the door.

The interior is cozy and welcoming with a nice mixture of wood and brick. There’s a good view out over the city, since Gino’s is situated at the top of the hill on the second floor.

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The pizzas come in regular and large sizes, and for a small surcharge, you can also get a pizza made half-and-half to try two different recipes.

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On our two visits, we’ve tried “The Butcher” – traditional tomato sauce with pepperoni, sausage, and ham, “Brooklyn’s Best” – tomato sauce with both fresh and aged mozzarella, sausage, red onions, and fresh basil, and “Nellie Pie” – a white pizza with fresh mozzarella, fig jam, prosciutto, fresh arugula, and shaved parmesan. All three pizzas were fantastic, and I’d be hard pressed to choose a favorite.

The crust is a true stand-out at Gino’s. It was baked to the perfect level of doneness, and had that crisp and chewy texture combination that really makes a great slice of pizza.

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I’ve heard rave reviews from other diners about the wings, so I will definitely be trying them in the future. I also look forward to trying some of the “Coming Soon” menu items such as “The Goodfella” and a buffalo chicken pizza with a buffalo cream sauce in place of a tomato sauce base.

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 Gino’s Pizza, Itaewon

Hours: 11:30-15:00; 17:00-22:00; Closed Mondays

Website: www.facebook.com/ginoskorea

Phone: 02-792-2234

Email: ginoskorea@gmail.com

Directions: From Noksapyeong Station (Line 6): Go out Exit 1. Cross the overpass bridge and turn right. Gino’s will be at the top of the hill on your right, overlooking the Itaewon arch. It’s on the second floor of a strip of businesses that includes Buddha’s Belly and Coreano’s.

Address: 46, Noksapyeong-daero 40-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

GPS Coordinates: 37.5343659, 126.98818640000002

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