It's time to go back to delicious, affordable Pizza School
It’s not hard to find a pizza restaurant conveniently located outside most military installations. Poke around any corner and you’re bound to find a hot slice within meatball-throwing distance.
However, a bit further beyond the main shopping and entertainment district outside Osan Air Base is an alternative worth the walk: Pizza School, a South Korean franchise with locations across the country.
Decorated in all things yellow, this small and vibrant establishment located just over half a mile from the main gate made me imagine myself riding the bus on my way to school as a young kid.
Whether you decide to eat in or carry out, the franchise offers an English menu with more than 20 different styles of pizza that will curb any appetite you bring to the register, all for a great price.
A basic eight-slice, 12-inch-diameter pepperoni pizza will strip only 7,000 won (about $6) from your hard-earned summer paycheck. Pizzas top out at 12,000 won for options such as the chicken filet or Mexican bite.
During a visit with my son, we ordered the hot chicken pizza (8,000 won), and within approximately 10 minutes we were sharing a delicious pizza that tasted as if we were eating spicy chicken wings instead.
The eatery uses a typical conveyor pizza oven, which cooks the crust and cheese nicely. For those who prefer a thin crust, this pie measured about one-eighth-inch thick. For just a few dollars more, take the cheese to the extreme with a cheese crust (2,000 won) or cheese bites (3,000 won).
If you find yourself in a quandary over a selection, the staff recommends any of the top three favorites: the potato pizza (8,000 won), grilled pork-a-bite pizza (12,000 won) or the beef quesadilla pizza (12,000 won). Personally, I’d enroll in Pizza School full time to study quesadilla pizza.
Pizza School offers a few side choices, including chicken tenders (4,000 won), wings (4,900 won), shrimp rings and fries (3,500 won). The restaurant is very generous with its toppings, so the pizzas are already large enough to indulge two adults.
Don’t expect to have a beer with your pizza. Pizza School serves just a few selections of bottled and canned soda, along with a free self-serve water station.
Location: 4 Jisan 2-ro 96beon-gil, Songbuk-dong, Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do, or GPS 37.079770, 127.061098
Directions: Less than ¾ of a mile from the Osan Air Base main gate; walking or taking a taxi is recommended.
Hours: 6-10:30 p.m. Mondays; 11 a.m-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday; closed national holidays
Prices: Pizza ranges from 7,000-12,000 won; for cheesy crust, add 2,000-3,000 won
Information: Phone: 031-663-0303; online: pizzaschool.net