Pizza fans in the Sanlitun-Gongti corridor have no shortage of options given the likes of Kro’s Nest, La Pizza, The Den, Gung Ho, Bueno, Pizza Plus, Nasca Cafe, Frost, Tube Station, Sureno, Annie’s and Pizza Hut, among many others.
Getting into the game somewhat late, and a bit unexpectedly, is the Jingkelong supermarket branch across from the northeast corner of the Workers Stadium grounds.
There appear to be six kinds of pizza on offer, although the posters above only indicate four and suggest way more and better meat than was actually included. At rmb9.80 per slice, it’s equal in cost to a package of four egg tarts in the display case a foot away.
How is it? My slice smelled better — lots of bell pepper — than it tasted. I found the crust crumbly rather than crispy or chewy, the flavor a small step up on those sausage, veggie and ketchup / soft cheese topped buns you might get at a local bakery, and the aftertaste slightly sweet.
Would I eat another slice? Well, yeah, but only if I were really hungry and only had ten kuai on me. Even then, I’d probably opt to get something from the bing stand at the door or patronize one of those stinky tofu vendors out front.
By the way, when it comes to pizza delivery in that area, here are my four go-to places:
- Gung Ho: It’s not my favorite pizza but gets a boost because I’ve been addicted to that Greek Salad for years. That bacon and cheese garlic bread is tasty, too. Also, These guys also excel at service so there are never any headaches with delivery. Reliable.
- Pizza-plus: Not a fan of the salads but the pizzas are awesome. My typical order is the Capricciosa and Four Seasons (both fulfill my artichoke cravings). When I’m in a funkier mood, I’ll opt for The Forest, which has sausage, mushrooms, nuts and truffle oil. You can get two quality pies for less than rmb100.
- Nasca Cafe: A deeper dish pizza with sauce fresh as a Spring day. I lean toward the Mexican pizza but beware the spiciest level — you can choose your heat — as it will leave your mouth stinging. Nasca is especially good if you have a group where some people want pizza and some don’t, as the menu includes dozens of options — sandwiches, salad, soups, sweets and lots more.
- Bueno Pizza: The sentimental pick given how long it has been in the market. The pepperoni is the default choice and the equivalent of a KFC spicy chicken burger. You know it isn’t good for you, but once in a while…
More shots of the Jingkelong pies…