This restaurant is owned by comedian and actor Lee Won-Seung. For the authentic Napoli pizza-lover, the restaurant Di Matteo centers around an enormous pizza oven, which takes up most of the first floor and in which Di Matteo bakes thin, perfectly baked pizza with just the right amount of crispiness. The decor features an old-world, colonial-style charm as well as the various awards which Di Matteo has won over the years.
1-141 Dongsung-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2 747 4444
Featuring fantastically chewy and crunchy crust, this NYC pizza is famous mainly for its dough: large, foldable, thin and crispy, just like its most prized New York counterparts. Its flour and tomato sauce, too, comes straight from New York. Only wander into this place if you’re truly hungry because the pizzas can only be bought in the form of a whole pie, and not as individual slices. Never fear, though, the staff are all fluent in English, and they’ll provide you with tabasco sauce, dried peppers plus salt and pepper to your heart’s content.
617-4, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2 508 1325
Kitchen Salvatore Cuomo is the first pizzeria in Korea to be awarded with a Vera Pizza certificate by the Assocciazione Verace Pizza Napoletana in Naples, Italy. This sleek restaurant is run by Salvatore Cuomo, a Naples native who was a star chef in Japan and owns over 60 restaurants there. This particular restaurant, located in the upscale fashion district of Sinsa-dong, offers upbeat music, a contemporary design, and a spacious terrace for outdoor enjoyment of your authentic Naples pizza.
646-2 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2 3447 0071
The intentionally mismatched decor at Blacksmith’s Brick Oven Pizza creates an eclectic, vintage environment that perfectly matches the handmade pizzas. While most of the furnishings are wooden – chairs, wooden tables, wooden walls, and wooden blocks for your utensils, the pizza itself is served on a stone slab placed on an iron stand over a candle in order to keep it steaming hot throughout your meal. The owner is also, in fact, a professional blacksmith. If you want to enjoy a blacksmith’s idea of a good pizza, make sure to make reservations; the place is small and always bustling.
62-1 Gahoe-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2 765 4298
Pizzeria D’Buzza is a pun on the Korean word for rich people, and you’ll certainly find a lot of them at this high-class, in high-demand restaurant; the reservation list can stretch to up to three weeks in advance. The popularity of Buzza stems from its faithful authenticity, with its wood-fired pizza dough boasting the same delicious chewiness as genuine Italian pizzerias. Similarly, the other ingredients are imported directly from Italy for a true-to-life Italian experience. Best of all? The pizzas are baked in a wood-burning brick oven that generates such high heat that you can expect your pizzas to be ready in just five minutes.
1F, 743-33, Hannam-dong, Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea, +82 2 794 9474