Monday, June 21, 2010

pizza: i strongly recommend MARYJANE PIZZA

No. 25, Lane 44, TaiShun St.
(02) 2368-5222

MRT: Guting or Taipower Bldg

website: English and Chinese

hours: Mon-Fri 12-2 pm, 5:30-9:30 pm
Sat & Sun 12-3:30 pm, 5:30-10:30 pm

Delivery available: minimum NT$500 order to only ShiDa, GuTing, TaiDa, GongGuan districts


Kid friendliness: no high chairs spotted, but lots of room for families

Visit reviewed: 5/11/2010

I had heard about Maryjane's Pizza for a long time and I don't know why it took me such a long time to try it, but I'm glad I finally did. With locations at both Shida and Taida, it's a cozy neighborhood pizza joint offering a huge menu of pizzas with fresh ingredients for great prices.

Just from the menu, you can tell that Maryjane has a lot of personality- the cute menu is shaped and designed like a pizza, the pizzas have quirky names and descriptions (there's mention of David Hasselhoff and George Bush? LOL) and the more unusual toppings include broccoli, bacon, ricotta cheese, carmelized onions, artichokes, blue cheese, squid or smoked salmon. There's even a dessert pizza with apple, cinnamon and mozzarella called "Eve's Temptation."

Nothing on the menu is over NT$300 and there is no service charge, but there is a minimum NT$150 charge per person.

If you get overwhelmed from all the choices in the menu (there are no substitutions or additions to their specialty pizzas), you can opt for something off their lunch special, which includes a soup or salad and drink (NT$160-200). Besides the typical cheese and pepperoni, there's Crispy Bacon with Sunnyside Egg or Amigo Rocks (jalapeno, red onions, tomatoes and genonese sauce). Or you can build your own pizza.

It's really hard to decide, but I end up choosing the Pesto Chicken (NT$250) with baked chicken breast, feta cheese, tomatoes and pesto. My friend is feeling the Hola Jalapeno (NT$200) with pepperoni and jalapenos. The pizzas don't take too long to come out, or maybe we are too busy talking and sipping on our ice tea.

The pizzas all come as 10 inch pies, which is a hearty portion for one. When the pizzas arrive, you can smell the bubbly cheese and all the aromatic ingredients. The pizzas are thin crust and on the drier side, but still have some bite to them. Though I expected the tomatoes on my pesto chicken pizza to be larger sliced tomatoes and under the cheese, I don't mind the fresh half slices of grape tomatoes. The flavors of the pizza meld together nicely and before I know it, I've finished half the pizza.

Maryjane Pizza makes for a good quick lunch spot or a place to kick back with some buddies with beers and pizza on the weekend. With a larger group, you could order different pizzas to share and try more flavors.

There's no lingering after lunch though, as they promptly turned off the lights and ushered everyone out when they were closing for their afternoon break. But otherwise, the service is prompt and friendly and our complimentary ice tea was frequently refilled without asking.

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No.89, WenZhou St.
(02) 2369-5333

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billy said...

The pepperoni and jalepeno sounds good. Now I have to try it. Thanks for the review.

joanh said...

thanks Billy! i think you'd like it.. there are seriously so many combos there that you could try a different one on each visit.

Anonymous said...

In some area in the states Maryjane was Marijuana in another name. Just in the news brownies spike with it in California school and students ate it.


Brendan Chiang said...

been to 15?

Nicholas said...

You know... this looks strangely like the pizza's from Pizza Co. in New York, but at like 1/4 the price...


joanh said...

anonymous/cody: lol. yes, i know.

brendan chiang: yup, really liked 15. they are quite different.

nicholas: cool! i really want to know what NY pizza in NY exactly is. haha

Cookie Chomper said...

not to be a party pooper .. but tw's pizza has always been kind of dissapointing. maybe maryjanes will prove better.

Anonymous said...

Love Mary Jane's! I could eat two of their pizzas for dinner...also Mary Jane/the owner has a really cute labrador! Great place. Great pizzas.

joanh said...

cookie chomper: i've found some good pizza in taipei... where have you tried?

anonymous: cool! thanks for reading and commenting!

Cal said...

This looks amazing! I'm so sad I didn't get to try it while I was still in Taiwan (went to Taida, too!) but I guess now that I'm back in the States, I can have all the pizza I want....

JT said...

Their lunch special is a great deal, and the pizzas on special change every month. By tomorrow there will be four new ones to choose from, I believe. They've changed the last few months anyway.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I thought it was delicious - the most Western pizza AND salad we've had in Taipei. I had the one with caramelized onions, spinach and garganzola. YUM.

Terry J. Benzie said...

I would not visit without a reservation in the evening or weekends.

Like many places, the food is good but service poor. I went last weekend and could not get a seat despite having most half full (i.e. 4 people at table for 8) of people hanging out rather than eating. After waiting 20 minutes and as I was walking out the door they said that they could take my order take it home if no tables opened up. Probably 12-15 other people left in that time as well.

Baby Madison said...

very good recommendation... i ordered the mary jane extra kind and it was very yummy. for 200NT, it came w a free cup of black tea :)

Courtney said...

This one hasn't been updated in a while, so I figured I would let you know about my experience there last night.

First of all, there is now a 10% service charge added to the bill. This seems to be quite the epidemic in Taipei recently, so I don't really find it that surprising.

One thing that did surprise me, and disappoint me, is that the focaccia on the menu is no longer focaccia. I've been to Mary Jane's several times, and I've always ordered this as an appetizer. Last night I did the same, and guess what? Toast! Yup. Two pieces of toast sliced up and sprinkled with rosemary for the same price as the real focaccia --$100!