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COMPASS MAGAZINE > April 2012
 

Traditional and non-traditional creativity from Taichung pizzerias--The Moment in the Garden, Huck Pizza City, Pizza Buena, Pizza Rock, Pinococo

By Niang Chen & Douglas Habecker
Translated by Angel Pu

The Moment in the Garden
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The Moment in the Garden
B.

The Moment in the Garden

(04) 2207-0129
129, DaDe St, North District
Hours: 11am-2 pm, 5-9 pm (closed Thusdays)
Chinese only.
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.

The brick pizza oven here was constructed by the owner's relatives and helps create a unique pizza crust that is firm with a deliciously chewy texture. Healthy and creative pizzas, such as the Kimchi and Vinegar Rice option, are highlighted at this restaurant.

A. The White Tower (NT$280) contains very unique ingredients such as Taiwanese rice noodles, mushrooms, jalapenos, tamarind fruit and bell peppers. The Taiwanese rice noodles are virtually invisible on the pizza, but you'll notice their smooth flavor from the first bite. This very tasty pizza is full of surprises.

B. Pizza Combos (NT$250-270) combine four flavors: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, King Trumpet Mushrooms; tomatoes, cheese, and basil; apple and cinnamon; kimchi and vinegar rice.

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Huck Pizza City

Huck Pizza City

925, SongZhu Rd, Sec 1, Beitun District (corner of Songzhu and Songzhu 5th roads)
(04) 2436-7970
10:30 am-10 pm
English/Chinese menu
Credit cards not accepted.
10% service charge.

This restaurant, housed in a solid-looking stone building, is run by couple Hsien Rei-tan and Chiu Nuan-gui, who aim to provide a more refined dining environment with some rules that include a request there are no kids or pets, and that customers dress properly.

Huck Pizza CityA. Huck Pizza CityB.
A. The toppings for the Classic Pizza (NT$340, 9 inches) include pork, chicken, green peppers and onions. The thicker crust of this Southeast Asian-style pizza has a crispy outer layer and a soft, smooth inner core.

B. The unique Banana variety (NT$340) is topped with bananas, corn, vegetarian meat floss and lots of cheese.

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Pizza Buena

Pizza Buena

206, MeiCun Rd, Sec 1, West Dist.
Chung Yo Dept. Store 'A Bldg., B3, North Dist.

Moved to: 87, DaYe Rd, Nantun Dist.
(04)2329-6518

Pizza Buena was one of the city's first places to sell big 18-inch pizzas by the slice, American-style. Customers can enjoy six to eight pizza varieties by the slice (NT$90-100) or as a whole pizza (NT$525-550), with toppings ranging from Hawaiian to Red Curry Chicken. There is a buy-one-get-one-free deal on slices weekdays 9 to 10 p.m. while supplies last.

Pizza BuenaA. Pizza Buena
A. Pizza Buena has just introduced new pizza combo meals (NT$135-145), which include a big pizza slice, soup, salad and drink. Pictured here is the best-selling Seafood pizza, topped with tuna, shrimp, crab meat and some cream.

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Pizza Rock
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Pizza Rock

202, JingCheng Rd, West Dist.
(04) 2310-0228
11:30 am-10 pm (last order 9:30 pm)
English/Chinese menu
Take-out/delivery available.
Credit cards not accpeted.
No service charge.

In the short time it's been open, Pizza Rock has gained a strong following with its creative (and creatively-named) variety of thin-crust, 11-inch pizzas, prepared and baked by Canadian owner Ugo Ortolano and his staff in a stone-surface oven that distributes heat more evenly. There are now 19 pizzas, ranging from The Hippie (NT$240) to The Alvarez (NT$500), loaded down with 11 different toppings.

A. A recent, popular addition to Pizza Rock's menu, First Love (NT$400) is topped with salami, fresh tomatoes, feta cheese and red and green peppers. The juicy, sweet little tomatoes balance out the saltiness of the feta in this tasty combination. Another popular new flavor is Tapenade, Goat Cheese (NT$380).

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Pinococo

Pinococo

273, GongYi Rd, Sec 2, Nantun District; (04) 2258-1455
Hours: 11:30 am-10:30 pm
English/Chinese menu
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Parking available.

Pinococo restaurant provides classic Italian entrees, pastas and pizzas. Its wholesome, firmly-textured pizzas have a unique crust that is uncommon in Taiwan, thanks to the use of a special Japanese oven. Various pizza types include Seafood, Margarita, and Napoli (NT$320-420), plus an interesting Taiwanese Salted Pork Chop with Garlic Pizza (NT$350) that contains house-marinated black pork, green onions, garlic, mushrooms, black olives and chilis.

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