Ok so here’s a post that has been sitting in my draft box for a while… over a year. Yes, it’s looong-overdue. Ages ago, some friends and I were craving pizza and so we headed to Noksapyeong where we ended up trying two different pizza joints: Pizzarium and Trevia. I meant to blog about it soon after, but then life got in the way and the post got buried under everything else. So why am I even bothering to post it now? Because someone recently emailed me asking where to find vegan pizza, so I thought I’d wipe the dust off this thing and post it uppp~ and in my opinion, pizza is relevant at any time. Am I right, or am I right? Actually, it’s not too hard to get vegan pizza in Korea… it just depends on where you look and whether you’re brave enough to ask for modifications. I find that a lot of the nicer, independent Italian restaurants are pretty accommodating and will often make a pizza without the cheese upon request. But anyway, here are two places to check out:
First up is the ever-so-popular Pizzarium Di Roma. Since this visit, I think Pizzarium has renovated their interior a bit so it doesn’t look exactly the same as these photos now. But I’m assuming the food is still the same, so I’m sharing it anyway.
What makes Pizzarium different from most other Korean pizza joints is that you can order by the slice which is a rare thing in Korea, the toppings are fairly uncomplicated (no super-super-supreme/everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-pizza), and there’s no cheese-stuffed crustage. Infact, there’s no outer crust at all- who needs it anyway? And finally, when you order, the slices are efficiently snipped into practical rectangular shapes with a pair of scissors. :)
I actually called Pizzarium in advance and the person on the other line made it sound like they had several vegan options available, however, when we got there, there was only one option: the Garlic Pizza, which was thin slices of garlic on marinara sauce. We got three orders of the garlic pizza and a cheesy one on the left corner for my non-vegan friend.
The serving size is fairly small so you may have to order two to fill you up. Personally, I liked the smaller size and appreciated the fact that there is no outer crust on the pizza squares. Also, the dough is less dense and more like airy ciabatta bread. If you like your pizza with a dense, chewy crust, a layer of leathery cheese, and pools of oil floating on top, then this might not be for you.
If I remember correctly, it wasn’t the best pizza by any means, but it was still pretty good in its own right. Ofcourse, I would’ve loved a more interesting topping, but it was tasty none-the-less. I think if you call ahead of time and specifically request a more unique vegan pizza, they will make it- just make sure you get there before it sells out. There’s also a Pizzarium location near Garosu-gil, but it’s smaller and you should definitely call in advance to ask if they have vegan options.
Directions to Pizzarium di Roma (Noksapyeong branch)
서울 용산구 이태원동 529
Hours: 11am – 10pm
Closed on Mondays
Moving on…. Practically next door to Pizzarium you’ll find Trevia Pizza di Rome, which has been open for about 1.5 years now. They’re a little more fancy-pants than Pizzarium in that their pizza is more gourmet and they also serve different breads such as focaccia and ciabatta, salads, and also wine.
What’s great is that they have a specific section of ‘no cheese’ pizza (may still have meat though), and ofcourse, their dough is free of animal products. You can also get one of the other pizzas and just request it without the cheese if you’re feeling extra rebellious. The staff seem to be really helpful and are willing to make modifications to suit your needs.
Honestly, I forget which pizzas we got exactly, but I think this one was the siciliana pizza (no cheese). This usually comes with anchovies, but we asked for it without. Green and black olives, salty capers, and herbs. yum~ For this half-pizza, I think it was 5,500 won.
Directions to Trevia Pizza di Roma (Noksapyeong location)
Noksapyeong Station, Line 6, Exit 2. Walk out the exit and go straight. You should see Trevia across the street on your right. To cross the street, take the underpass and go up the stairs on the right. Walk a bit and Trevia will be on your left.
서울시 용산구 이태원동 557
Hours: 11:30am -11pm (last order: 10pm)
There’s an older branch near Itaewon station, but it’s smaller. Address: 서울시 용산구 이태원동 128-15