1013, JianXing Rd, West District
Hours: 4-10 pm Mon-Thu;
12-10 pm Fri-Sun
No service charge. Take-out available.
Credit cards not accepted.
As its outside sign clearly notes, Pisa Pizza's specialty is wood-fired oven pizzas. Located in the heart of the busy dining district near Splendor Hotel, this cozy, simple eatery was opened by French-Canadian Andre Quevillon, who hails from Montreal but has lived in Taiwan for a decade and also runs a local Subway outlet. "I like crispy pizza crust and wanted to open a place where you could get cheap beer and good pizza," he says, explaining the straightforward rationale behind his new restaurant. This is indeed the case here, with crispy, thin-crust, 12-inch pizzas ranging from a reasonable NT$180 to NT$280 and small bottles of Heineken and large bottles of Taiwan Beer going for only NT$60 and NT$70, respectively. There are also red and white wines for NT$100 per glass. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Angel Pu
A. Andre pulls one of his newest pizza creations--Pesto with Smoked Chicken and Mushrooms--from the wood-burning oven that he personally constructed with fire bricks. Burning only wood from longan ("dragon eye") fruit trees, the oven bakes pizzas in a few minutes at about 400 degrees Celsius. The delicious pesto pizza is a unique creation and Andre says that he will regularly rotate new flavors into the 11 pizza selections on his regular menu.
B. The Smoked Chicken Pizza (NT$260) is one of Pisa's regular selections, which also includes Vegetarian, Hawaii, Stagioni (tomato sauce, cheese, salami, mushrooms, onions, olives), and Mayalona (tomato sauce, cheese, pepperoni, bacon).
C. Pisa Pizza's no-frills interior comfortably seats diners indoors, or in a shaded open-air area.