Food Blogging can be such a fickle mistress sometimes, you take a few weeks out to go on vacation and almost instantaneously you are way behind the restaurant times. Maddux Pizza has only been open a few short weeks but it’s already proving to be very popular on the pizza lovers grape vine. The small yet ample restaurant is located in the every growing myriad of Itaewon’s back alleyways just up from The wolfhound.
To set itself apart Maddux is offering New York style slices, which have been missing from Itaewon’s pizza landscape for quite some time. Having just had the real deal back in New York, I was very interested to see how they compared, especially their specialty slice of artichoke and spinach which was first made famous by Artichoke Bastille in NYC.
The Spinach & Artichoke slice (6,700) is not the cheapest slice of pizza in the world but it certainly is humongous. I’d say it’s easily equal to two large slices from any other pizza place in Seoul, although the original costs just $4.50 in NYC which gives you an idea of the staggering food costs we are up against in Korea. The filling of this slice is incredibly rich and creamy, it’s like a pizza topped with dip and covered with cheese. The slice I had was a bit overdone on the bottom and the top of the crust but I loved the filling. I didn’t finish it so I took the rest home to eat later, and it was really good cold, almost better than hot, it was reminiscent of quiche which is never a bad thing in my book.
We also ordered the Cheese Slice (4,200). Very thin, very cheesy, and very New York. There isn’t really much else to say about it, the tomato sauce had a good flavour and the cheese was nicely melted. It was a decent slice and probably similar to some of the better $1 slices I ate in NYC. I’n Korean terms it’s fairly similar to Monster Pizza, although I’d give the edge to Maddux even though it costs a little more.
Lastly we got a Margarita (6,700). This one was possibly my favorite. I loved the mix of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil but then again that’s usually my topping of choice. This one was extra greasy but more because it had extra olive oil on it, rather than extra cheese grease that New Yorkers seem to lust after.
Overall I was pretty happy and I’ll definitely be back, a slice is 6,700 or under and one would easily fill most people. We are really seeing an explosion of cheap and informal foods in these back alleyway restaurants, and I for one am very happy about it as good cheap eats are hard to find. With the fast growing success of Maddux Pizza & Little Baja I’m really looking forward to seeing what will come next!
Maddux is located at 2F, 26 Itaewon-ro, 26 Gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul. To get there take a train to Itaewon station (line 6) and come out of exit 4. Turn back on yourself and walk past IBK and Cheongnoodle place and take the first right. Walk a little down that street until you past Te Wolfhound and take the first left, walk straight until you reach Maddux Pizza which is on the second floor next to Spice Market. For more information you can call them on 02-792-2420.