All this month, we’ll be introducing 50 picks for some of the best family-friendly restaurants in Beijing. These reviews originally appeared in the January/February 2013 issue of beijingkids (see end of post).
Type of cuisine: Pizza, Italian
English menu? Yes
General kid-friendliness of menu: Pizza Plus has a huge variety of kid-friendly pizzas, including margherita (RMB 10/slice), eggplant (RMB 15/slice), and even Nutella (RMB 20/slice). With pizza by the slice, the portions are just right for wee ones.
Best dishes for adults: Any of Pizza Plus’ gourmet pizzas, such as Imbufalita (RMB 18/slice) with tomato paste, sliced buffalo mozzarella cheese, raw ham, and arugula. There’s also “cold” pizza (RMB 18/slice) with toppings like tomatoes and tuna or Caprese (tomatoes, mozzarella, artichokes, oregano, and mayonnaise). There’s a selection of beers, including Moretti, Erdinger, and Maredsous.
Kids’ menu? No
Best dishes for kids: Margherita (RMB 10/slice), ham-filled pizza (RMB 18/piece), tomatoes and egg pizza (RMB 15/slice)
Kids’ play area? No
Play areas nearby: Pizza Plus is located just northwest of Seasons Park complex, which has a kids’ playground.
Kid-friendly staff? Yes, English-speaking and attentive
Bathroom: The closest bathroom is located on the second floor of a building across the street with the words “Liangma Yuguan” (亮马鱼馆). However, they are not very clean squat toilets, and there’s no changing table. You may be better off trying
one of the big malls on Dongzhimenwai Dajie to the north.
Seating: Limited indoor seating (mostly bars and stools), with tables and chairs outside in warmer weather.
Price: RMB 80
Credit card accepted? No
Must-order item: Chef Fabrizio Montori’s award-winning Forest pizza (RMB 20/slice) with mozzarella, mushrooms, sausage, walnuts, and truffle cream
In a nutshell: Offering pizza by the slice, Pizza Plus is the ideal place to grab a quick and nutritious lunch. The eatery’s signature pizzas have a pleasingly crispy crust and feature around 35 toppings, including pumpkin, artichoke, and even Nutella. Alternatively, there’s the pizza “sandwich” (RMB 18/slice) – a kind of flat pizza pancake with a filling in the middle. Though all the ingredients are imported from Italy, prices are surprisingly low; a whole 13” pizza averages around RMB 35, while rectangular slices vary from RMB 15 to 20.
Additional notes: Pizza Plus offers delivery for orders above RMB 50 within a 3km radius. In addition, sliced pizzas are 20 percent off for the restaurant’s daily happy hour from 2pm to 4pm and after 9pm (eat-in and takeaway).
Daily 10-10. 8 Shizipo Jie, Dongcheng District (6413 0991) 东城区十字坡街8号
Also try: Eatalia, La Pizza