Hunting around for good pizza in Itaewon can be a fickle affair. So when I heard about Maddux, I took a friend and we jumped on the opportunity to give it a try. In a nutshell, it was an excellent choice, with pretty good value and tons of flavour. Money in the bank.
How to get there: Maddux is a sneaky little place to find, but if you have a little patience and a sense of direction, you should have to no trouble. Most places are located on the main strip or parallel to it, but Maddux is off on one of the side streets behind the main strip, so keep an eye out. Take the subway to Itaewon station and depart from Exit 4. Turn around and walk down the road going away from the main strip. You will see the Taco Bell on your left. Make your first right, just after Woori Bank. You will see Wolfhound on your right. Make a left down the street with the orange BBQ restaurant and Z Artisan Gelato. Walk down that street for about 200 meters and Maddux will be on your right.
Atmosphere and Service: Small, quant and clean, Maddux reminded me of one of those old school, mom and pop pizza places in small town America. The stars of the show, are displayed in a long, glass display case, with various beverages on top. The kitchen was open, which I am always a huge fan of, as the smells resinate throughout the restaurant. A variety of toppings were on display as well as some homegrown herbs. Service was okay. The food came out super quick, but there was a slight language barrier and the guys looked a little down to be there. Smile dudes!
Food and Drink: Today Erik and I sampled a bunch of slices and drank a couple of sodas. Now, if you are feeling a whole pie, this is possible, but you will probably need to wait. The slices were a great opportunity to sample many flavours in a quick period of time. Also, it was a ton cheaper, as the whole pizzas ranged from 30,000KRW – 49,000KRW.
Pepperoni Slice (4,700KRW): A simple slice of pie, but a telling one as well. The first thing that stood out was the enormity of the slice. It was huge! For a measly 4,000KRW I was very impressed with the size and the amount of pepperoni on it as well. It was baked to perfection, with the pepperoni curled slightly. My only qualm was that it was a little greasy, but not dripping off the plate greasy. A great start to the meal!
Margherita Pizza (6,700KRW): Erik said simply, “This is the best Margherita pizza I’ve had in Korea.” The sauce was sweet and well portioned. The crust was thin and crispy. Although the price might seem high, there was value there and Erik said he would order it again in a heartbeat.
The Sicilian (5,400KRW): Square pizza is fun pizza. The Sicilian was a simple pizza with a golden brown, inch-high crust. The sauce was sweet and plentiful but I found it dripping at times off the pizza. For me, this really isn’t a problem, as I love sauce. I do wish there was a little more cheese but overall an authentic slice of Naples.
Spinach and Artichoke Pizza (6,700KRW): The Spinach and Artichoke pizza was the only slice of pie that was a little disappointing. As Erik said,”it is a lot to take on by yourself.” This one might be best to share. If you like spinach dip, this might be the one slice for you, but I would not go out of my way for it.
Cheese Pizza (4,200KRW): Kevin McCallister would be as happy as a pig in a shit. A simple cheese pizza just for me. First, I can’t stress the size enough. For only 4,000KRW, you get a full serving of pizza. The value in the size alone makes it worth it. Like with the other pizzas, the cheese was plentiful and the sauce was sweet. No burn marks of which to speak. I mean, its just a cheese pizza man!
Monte Cristo (6,200KRW): All sold out. *A single tear slowly rolling down my cheek*
Value: For approximately 30,000KRW Erik and I got a very filling and satisfactory lunch. Five slices of pizza and four drinks for that price is a good deal in my opinion. For a first time, do what we did and get slices for everyone to share and sample. It was a great way to try all the flavours without breaking the bank.
Who Should Visit Maddux Pizza: This could very well be the new champion of pizzas in Itaewon.
Who Should Avoid Maddux Pizza: The restaurant could be a little small for big parties or families, especially during peak hours. Just a heads up.