What’s up, food lovers around the world?! Another day, another post of delicious food. Today I’ll be talking about Crow’s Nest which is a pizza joint located in the foreigner district of Seoul a.k.a. Itaewon. It’s located at Yongsan-gu, Itaewon 1(il)-dong, 112-2, Seoul, and you first come out of Itaewon Station Exit #2. Turn at 1st left and turn at 1st right. It will be on your left side. I had been invited out by my friend Stephanie to hear about all of my wonderful adventures in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Naturally, I didn’t say no to trying a new pizza place since it’s one of my favorite foods.
When we got there, it was located on a new fashionable street off the main drag, but it’s located on the second floor. I had reinjured my knee that day, so the stairs were a bit brutal. No entrances for the handicapped in Korea for the most part. When we eventually got to the the door, we were greeted with a large dining room and an open kitchen that was bustling with activity. It was kind of neat with how you could see some employees throwing the pizza dough to the perfect size or laying out all the ingredients on top for each handmade pizza. It was an honest display of craftsmanship.
We proceeded to the patio outside that was thankfully sheltered from the rain we just missed. We ended up going for the half and half pizza (24,000 for 14 in. or 30,000 for 20 in.). Some blogs say that you can do any of the pizza options, but our waitress emphatically told us you could only chose the following: Italian sausage, margherita, pepperoni, Hawaiian. Steph wanted the Hawaiian pizza which I think is an abomination, so I went with the Italian sausage on my half which I also appreciated that it had a mild or spicy option. We got the 14 inch pizza which was more than enough when it came out to our table.
They also provided us with Parmesan cheese and spicy olive oil when we asked for it. I didn’t try the Hawaiian side of the pizza, but mine was great especially with the powdered cheese and oil. The crust was somewhat between the paper thin New York slice and the heartier Chicago “thin” crust pizza, but it was crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. As for the ingredients on top, thankfully the sauce wasn’t Koreanized with the odd sweet tang, and the cheese was plentiful. The spicy Italian sausage wasn’t quite as spicy as back home in Chicago, but it partnered the oregano and onions perfectly with its ever so wonderful greasy goodness. We polished off the pie eventually but didn’t feel stuffed which is a testament to the light crust that didn’t crumble under the pressure of being faced with two hungry diners.
So if you want to check out a legit pizza parlor in Seoul and don’t feel like going to Monster Pizza in Hongdae, check out Crow’s Nest in Itaewon.