Restaurants in Seoul: IL Mazzio

Missing a little Italian food in your life in Seoul or need a place to take the special lady in your life? Check out Il Mazzio (일마지오) in Myeongdong (명동) to get your Italian fix. There are many chains in Korea, even as far as Busan. The place opens at 11:30 am on the weekdays (12 pm on weekend) and closes at 10:30 pm.

il mazzio map
Just get off of Euljiro (을지로입구역) at exit 6 or 5 and go to point A. It will be on the second floor.

The restaurant had a nice atmosphere with many waiters for the size of the place. There were classical piano tunes and a mildly lit environment. The menu is quite extensive with red and white sauce pastas and risottos ranging from 10,000 won to 15,000 won. They have pizza, salads, and wines as well.

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The environment was quite pleasant. I saw as many as 4 waiters standing behind me.
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Typical bread starter with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (already mixed which is kind of a crime).
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Free salad we got with a promo that some vendor outside was handing out. The sauce was very tart and a bit unpalatable for me.
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Proof that Koreans can’t live without their pickles.

Pizza Special

The real attraction to this place is their all you can eat pizza special. If every member of your party orders an entree dish, you’re given unlimited pizza of whatever 3 choices they offer that day. They had Hawaiian, cheese with honey, and pepperoni pizza. The pizzas were margherita style, so very thin and delicate. They give you a tricolor column to indicate if you still want the pizza to be served to you. Green means more pizza, red means please stop the neverending pizza madness.

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Leave the red side up to stop the onslaught of pizza.
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Hawaiian Pizza: Coconut shavings and pineapple, but no ham. The pineapple was very sweet and definitely suitable for those who like sweet pizzas.
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Honey-cheese pizza: A less sweet pizza, the honey complemented the cheese pretty well. They did put a lot of honey on the pizza which made it messy to eat. Having less honey was preferable.
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Pepperoni pizza: Not overly greasy and was the savory pizza of the bunch.

They were definitely very creative with their dishes as I’ve never had these variations before in pizza. Then again, Korea is a land where they have Mr. Pizza serving sweet potato crusts and tons of random ingredients on their pizzas, so this is pretty conservative.

Entrees

The squid ink pasta and a red-sauce risotto were ordered for around 15,000 won each.

The squid ink pasta was beautifully presented with masago on the top of a weave of spaghetti surrounded by clams, shrimp, mussels and of course squid. The sauce was a bit on the dry side, but the seafood was good and the pasta was cooked properly. There was no hint of fishiness.

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The risotto on the other hand was somewhat tasted somewhat fishy initially and the acidity of the tomato sauce was quite strong as well. Shortly the fishiness would fade away, but I don’t know if that was due to the overpowering acidity. I wasn’t a big fan of this dish._DSC0213 _DSC0215

While edible, neither entree was outstanding and would probably try something more traditional and easy to make. The pizza bar (I really like pizza) and the atmosphere definitely saved the experience. While not nearly as comparable to what I’ve had in the states, this is still a decent place to go for when you have an Italian craving. It will probably take a while for Koreans to perfect pasta as well as their chicken.

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Author: Ryan Mar

Just a guy simply making the most with life abroad. Love travel, photography, food, and just enjoying life. Currently blogging about beautiful places in Seoul, Korea, along with food, culture, and observations at findingtheseoul.com.

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