Created by the family that, by introducing the authentic and cheap pizza store DeVito’s, single-handedly remade the Hlemmur area into the cultural capital of Reykjavík, Pizza King provides a quotient of sassifaction at Clarence Carter “Strokin’” levels.
Among the 30 specialty pizzas, ranging from an impressive four cheese pizza to an outstanding frutti di mare, we haven’t found one that disappoints. Pizza King specializes in thin-crust, Italian-style pizzas, with sauces that we would describe as zesty.
What propels Pizza King into the stratosphere, and makes it the best non-Hótel Holt restaurant in the world (see article above), are the specials. At present, we are obsessed with the 9-inch lunch special. Between 11 am and 2 pm, a 9-inch pizza with three toppings and a large can of Coke is 600 ISK.
If you can’t make it to Pizza King by 2 pm, you can call for other specials, which include large pizzas with sodas and garlic oil for a lower price than any competitor.
The only argument against consuming Pizza King for every meal of the day has come from our former editor, who claimed the King might not be good for our health. Well, we did some research. While we at the Grapevine refuse to acknowledge the new-fangled mysticism of food pyramids, we are willing to accept the early 1980s Reagan-logic of food groups. According to diagrams from that era, there are four: grains, fruits and vegetables, meats and dairy.
Taking our guidelines from an 8th grade health book published in Cleveland, Ohio in 1981, we can safely say that Pizza King will turn everyone who eats it into the next Bruce Jenner.
Pizza King, Hafnarstræti 18, 101 Reykjavík, Ph# 551-7474
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