There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Chinese food is pretty fantastic. The way a skilled chef in China can coordinate various spices, vegetables and meats into dishes that not only taste great, but come off looking like pieces of art is awesome. If you want an example just examine the ingenious ways they have utilized every square inch of a pig—you have dishes using tail, face, feet, and soups of congealed pig blood.
Regardless of those skills, foreign visitors still sometimes require a little taste of home. For me, nothing does that better than a delicious pizza. When I order one, I tend to destroy it by putting everything on it except the kitchen sink (unless it’s available and drowning in cheese). A pizzeria is the only place in the world where PMS is a good thing—PMS being pepperoni, mushroom and sausage.
When someone fresh off the boat comes to me in Wuhan seeking pizza, I don’t send them somewhere commercial like Papa Johns or to the overly priced, heavily oiled Pizza Hut. Truth is, Wuhan is home to a few—off the beaten path—pizzerias that are good and sometimes even better than the corporate franchises. In my opinion the best one is Giano’s.
Giano’s brick oven pie. Photo: Giano’s
1) Giano’s…the Best in Wuhan?View In Map
This little taste of Italian heaven was established in 2004 by its owner, a really nice lady named Jane Feng, who spent more than 15 years in New York. Luckily for us, she fell in love with brick oven pizza, not hot dogs. Since then, most foreigners in the Wuchang district of Wuhan have enjoyed her delicious alternative to rice.
Pizza wise let me give you two reasons why its hands down the best pizza in the city. First would be the price. Unlike Pizza Hut and Papa Johns, which charge two arms, a leg, and unmentionable body parts for one of their pies, Ginao’s is much more reasonable (50 to 70 RMB). The best bit is the option to design your own pie, where you can choose up to 5 toppings from a list of vegetables and meats. It’s a great option, because whatever you pick the price remains the same—unless you pick the more expensive toppings like blue cheese, smoked salmon, or parmesan cheese. Even then, the price increase isn’t that high—just 10 RMB. Giano’s pizzas come in two sizes (9’ and 12’) and are the traditional thin crust style pizza.
The second thing about their pizza is how it’s prepared. Instead of using a conventional oven like other joints, they use a brick oven. If you’ve never had a brick oven pizza you might not think it’s a big deal, but you’d be seriously mistaken. The pizza is light, crisp and tastes incredible. Once you take a bite and the flavour kung fu chops your taste buds, you’ll know the difference and afterwards no other pie will taste half as good.
Add: Building #1, 1st floor SBI, Optical Valley Innovation Street, Wuchang District, Wuhan
Tel: 027 8717 0013
Opening hours: Sun-Thu, 17:30-23:00; Fri-Sat, 17:30-24:00
Prices: Pizza is generally 50-70 RMB
Website: http://www.gianos.cn/en/index.php (English)
2) Old School PizzaView In Map
In addition to Giano’s, there is also Old School Pizza. It’s a newer place (established in 2009), but its reputation amongst local pizza enthusiast is growing. Unlike Giano’s, which has a limited menu in terms of additional offerings outside of pizza, Old School offers things like subs and gnocchi.
Add: 46 Bayi Lu, Wuchang District (five minute walk from Wuhan University’s main gate), Wuhan
3) Café BrusselsView In Map
Finally, if you are in the Hankou area then you should look no further than Cafe Brussels. More expensive than the previously mentioned pizza places, Cafe Brussels has a beautiful menu and offers up some amazing international cuisine, great pizza, and has a wide assortment of imported beers. I suppose I should also mention they have satellite TV, which means all those football hooligans living in Wuhan now have a place to go to drink, eat and fight.
Photo: Café Brussels
Add: 183 Shengli Jie, Wuhan
Tel: 027 8277 4716
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 14:00-02:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-02:00
Price: 50-100 RMB/dish, 20-50 RMB/beer
There you have it pizza lovers, the next time you’re taste buds are demanding a slice of freshly baked pizza try one of these local pizzerias. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, you'll be so overjoyed that you discovered one of these places that you might openly weep. I know I did. So what are you waiting for...go get some pizza!
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