I posted a comment over at the obsessive pizza mecca SliceNY and thereby inadvertently reminded Adam to run a feature on our ongoing Saigon pizza search. Reminding SliceNY’s
fat bastard Editor-at-large, Adam, also inadvertently reminded me that there’s a bunch of draft unpublished notes ‘n’ snaps floating around my Typepad account that need to run, including… more Pizza. So, enough inadvertent reminding already – time for pizza. That fat lot above didn’t take too long to disappear during consumption on the terrace of the expat soaked Underground at 69 Dong Khoi Street in District 1. This is the ‘Chris’ Merguez & Blue Cheese Pizza – Spicy merguez sausage & a cheese that bites’. Underground pizzas come in three sizes, ‘Personal’ – 75,000VD, Medium – 85,000VD and Large 110,000VD. At the time of eating I was on a diet and so it’s the Medium option we have here.
This is a little too tomato drenched round the edges for my sensitive taste buds, but the merguez/blue cheese headline act is a hit. The Underground’s bread base has that ‘desperate hick grandmother’s attempt to please her hip city grandkids’ rustic feel about it. It’s not a bad attempt at all, if a little *too* airy. In fact this pizza ditches with tradition and weighs in, way down, at the wispy, flyweight end of the slice scales. So, you don’t need to put your feet up and have a kip after you’ve done your worst to this handsome specimen. You could order another.
PIZZA NEWS JUST IN: Reader Shawn dropped a comment today to tell us that, among other things, there’s "decent pizza at Al Fresco’s" 27 Dong Du Street, District 1. One of the chefs at The Carmargue 16 Cao Ba Quat, District 1 tells me you can order pizza round the clock if your still supping in the bar there. One ravenous punter ordered their pie at 4:30am last week.