It’s safe to say just about everyone likes pizza. I’m partial to Italian style pizzas, hand-stretched and with a thin base, topped simply with mozzarella and Parma ham. A friend recently reintroduced me to the delights of the calzone, stuffed with ham and salami and oozing cheese, I had forgotten how tasty those pizza parcels can be. Shunyi has plenty of great places to enjoy pizza, with both dine-in and take-out options available. Italian restaurants, western-style restaurants, and fast food joints, we are pretty spoilt for choice. Most of us will have our favorite go-to pizza joint, where we know the sausage will be spicy, and the crust crispy. If you have a favorite, why not cast your vote in the beijinger’s 2015 Pizza Cup.
Sixty-four of Beijing’s best pizza purveyors are going head-to-head in this cup match, to determine Beijing’s best pizza. With voting already under way, there’s no time to waste. Go eat pizza and make that vote count. Here’s a round-up of some of the Shunyi contenders:
Annie’s serves up pizzas and unpretentious Italian-American fare. Their pizzas are tasty and easy on the wallet, with around 20 varieties to choose from, including chicken leg, grilled beef, and smoked salmon as well as more traditional flavors and toppings.
Agrilandia’s fresh ingredients are all grown on site. The Italian organic farm also produces its own wine, to go alongside its authentic, fresh Italian pizzas.
The Kro’s Nest serves up pizza of gargantuan proportions, making them ideal to share with friends, or for feeding a very hungry family. Varieties include the Honolulu Hurricane, Steak N Cheese, and you can even order the Kitchen Sink.
Loft Eatalicious Italian chain features authentic pizzas, using great quality fresh ingredients. Their most popular pizzas are the Parma Ham Rucola and the vegetarian pizza Montanaro, with porcini mushrooms, gorgonzola, and asparagus.
Michael’s Place Italian Ristorante uses a brick pizza oven for its authentic Italian pizzas. Popular with families, for dining in and delivery, they offer up a pizza pie variety to suit everyone.
Mrs. Shanen’s Bagels is a Shunyi staple, run by a Chinese-American native of Brooklyn, New York. Offering some of Beijing’s best artisan pizzas, using organic ingredients from the owner’s other venue Green Cow Farm.
Pie Squared gives us the “Square pizza”, a Detroit-style that can be traced back to the 1940’s. The pizzas get their shape from being baked in square pans which, at the time, were commonly used as tool trays in Detroit factories. The result is a truly unique pizza, with toppings including Motown Meatball, Chicken Alfredo, and the BLT.
beijingkids Shunyi Correspondent Sally Wilson moved to Beijing in 2010 from the UK with her husband and son. Her daughter was born here in 2011 and both her kids keep her happily busy. In her spare time, Sally loves to stroll through Beijing’s hutongs and parks. She is a (most of the time) keen runner and loves reading: books, magazines, news, and celeb websites – anything really. Sally is also a bit of a foodie and loves trying out new restaurants.