If you love New York-style pizza, then you’ll be happy to know that the real deal has finally come to the Busan food scene. The recently opened SOL (Slice of Life) Pizza in the KSU area is already stirring the taste buds of pizza lovers in Busan.
Owner, Chanu Kim, has invested time and effort into the art of getting his pizza just right. Kim’s love of pizza goes back to his teenage years living in Flushing, New York. It was then that he realized that the only ‘real’ pizza is New York style.
“I can’t remember a day I didn’t have a slice when I stayed in NY,” recalls Kim.
After returning to Korea, he was unable to find the same taste he enjoyed back in New York. Later he decided that he would launch his own pizzeria serving the same style pizza that he had fallen in love with.
With no experience as a chef, Kim had to develop all the skills and knowledge from scratch. His pizzeria dream project began first with him returning to the source.
While back in New York, he visited nearly all of the famous pizzerias – including Grimaldi’s, Lombardi’s, Di Fara, Artichoke and Joe’s – tasting as many slices as possible, while making notes on every detail, with the intent of recreating the authentic NY-style pizza back home in Korea.
After returning, he sought collaboration with his friend, Hyuk Jin Kwon, who studied Neapolitan-style pizza in Naples and managed his own pizzeria in Seoul. After some trial and error, the collaboration found success. The team created six different styles – New York cheese, pepperoni, the Bronx, spicy garlic, white pie and margherita – all with tasty toppings on a crisp, yet foldable, crust that is tender, light, airy and booming with flavor.
What’s also unique for Busan is that you can enjoy it by the slice. SOL’s 18-inch pizzas are available in three different options: by the slice, a half pizza (three slices), or a whole (six slices).
The menu is loaded with great craft beers including Sam Adams along with other selections such as Booth x Mikkeller, 대동강, Pale Ale, 8 Wired Flat White Stout, and two other Mikkeller bottled beers.
Additionally important for Kim was the culture of the pizzeria and how it should be reflected in the pizzeria decor. To realize this, Kim collaborated with Nicolas Lee, director of Mob Creative, the firm that designed and created Momo, one of the hippest cafe/bars in the trendy Seoul neighborhood of Hannam-Dong.
Lee explained, “My goal was to create a cozy but chic place where everybody enjoys pizzas and beers in the most unique way – the place where different styles and details are crossed over with each other, but in the harmonized way, nothing too much or too little. I hope every visitor feels comfortable and free in this space.”
Sol Pizza is a supporter of Haps Magazine. But seriously, we’re not kidding, it’s some incredible pizza!