MaryJane's Pizza - perfect way to satisfy your craving for American pizza.

11.12.2010 § 2

MaryJane's Pizza. Where do I start?

I think most exchange students have already tried or at least heard of this place. Because when there's a good pizza place nearby, word of mouth travels really fast with University students. And how I heard about this place is of course through JC. You can count on her to find all the best non-Taiwanese food in Taipei! LOL You know that's true, JC =P

With two locations, one near ShiDa and the other near TaiDa, it's a convenience and popular place among university students. And it's so good that I've already had it 3 times in the past 2 weeks. Which is very frequent, considering how many other good nomnom places there is around here.

The one near TaiDa is located in the multiple alleyways behind the Eslite Bookstore/KFC/McDonalds area. You know where that is if you attend TaiDa.

Keep walking until you see this sign.

The outside is painted in bright orange and you can usually spot the delivery moped.

Cute menu! The size of the menu is actually the size of the pizza too.

No service charges, but minimum $150 NT ($5 CAD) per person. Easy.

The first time I was here, it was for lunch. They have a special lunch set menu for $180 NT ($6 CAD), which includes your choice of salad or soup, pizza, and a drink.

Perfect place to chill with friends on a weekday night. The floor even has a painted pizza on it. Cute.

The kitchen and staff.

For the lunch set, I ordered an iced red tea and soup. Soup > salad any day.
The soup was alright, nothing special in particular.

JC's 燻鮭魚 Smoked salmon pizza

My 燻雞蘑菇 Chicken & shroom pizza.

The best thing about MaryJane's pizza is that it's THIN CRUST. JC & I have a thing against thick, bready crusted pizzas. So this was perfect!

Now fast-forward to last week.
Bonnie, JC and I came to MJ's again, since we had a pizza craving.

My 霸王雞 Baked chicken & broccoli pizza.
Funny thing the first time I had MJ's pizza, I could only finish half of it and I was stuffed already. I think the soup and tea filled me up. However, this time I devoured this pizza within minutes. I think this speaks volumes about how much my eating habits have changed since I've arrived in Taiwan.

Bonnie's 瑪莉珍 MaryJane's pizza.
The only bad thing about their pesto pizza is that you get a mouthful of pesto in one bite, and zero in another. It's also hard to spread out the pesto yourself, so you end up shrugging it off and keep on munching.

Fast-forward to this past Monday.
So MJ has free delivery to those in the ShiDa and TaiDa area AND if your order is over $500 NT (~$16.67 CAD).

JC had a portfolio due the next day on Biblical studies, Paul had just came back from buying noodles for dinner, Yuna messaged me to see if I had eaten dinner yet, and I was trying to make my stomach digest faster for dinner that night. So the 4 of us ended up ordering MJ pizza delivery.
More than an hour after ordering, the pizzaman finally arrived. The Japanese, Californian, German, and Canadian students were all starving by then.

This is Yuna with her 早安!卜派 Morning! Popeye pizza. Spinach, egg, parmesan and bacon.

JC with her 霸王雞 Baked Chicken & broccoli pizza.

Paul and his 美式臘腸 Pepperoni pizza.
Paul thinks I'm crazy for documenting this. It's okay, he's getting used to it.

And this is my 焦糖洋蔥波菜起司 spinach & ricotta cheese with caramelized onions pizza.

I insisted everyone on trading slices, cause that's part of the awesomeness of eating pizza together with friends! So my pizza transformed into this.

The BAD thing about MJ's delivery is
1) SLOW. Over an hour? Please.
2) COLD PIZZA. Pizza is not supposed to be delivered cold. And even so, the ultimate pizza test is that it'll still taste good when it's cold. MJ's did not pass this test.

We were all really disappointed.

So Yuna went ahead and stuffed the entire box into the lobby's microwave and we followed soon afterwards.

Fast-forward to 2 days ago (this is probably the most up-to-date post I've ever written on this blog; usually it's like a month later XD).
The 7 of us went to MJ's to celebrate Bernise's birthday. We ended up ordering the 5 person dinner combo, which had 5 pizzas + a large bowl of salad + drinks + dessert. We added 1 more pizza and 1 salad.

Started off the night with some iced drinks.

Our salad came, with croutons, cherry tomatoes, sliced olives, lettuce and cheese, with a side of Ceasar dressing.

I found the salt and pepper shakers adorable. It reminded me of a Halloween photo I saw of a couple dressing up as salt and pepper shakers. So cute.

Teresa's 蘋果燻雞沙拉 Apple smoked chicken salad (without any cheese).
Unfortunately, Teresa is lactose-intolerant (actually a lot of Asians are) so she couldn't eat the cheese-laden pizza. But she seemed to have enjoyed the salad!

I didn't manage to capture a shot of each pizza but here's 4 of the 6 in order: 最愛瑪莉珍 maryjane - extra kind, 喔啦比薩 hola jalapeno, 迷迭香雞馬鈴薯 ricotta cream sauce potato with rosemary baked chicken, and 烤蔬菜 herbivore.


Michelle and JC enjoying their pizza. A night of talking about their home California, tampons, the "Diva Cup" (which is a hybrid between a pad and a tampon), how NorCal people dance in clubs, and how Australian English is waayyy different from North American English.

Panna cotta for dessert.
The caramel syrup on top was over-the-top sweet. The panna cotta itself was not bad.

Birthday cake time!

Happy Birthday Bernise! :)

Moral of the post: do not order MJ's for delivery. Just walk there and sit down.

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MaryJane Pizza 瑪莉珍比薩
PRICE: minimum $150 NT ($5 CAD) per person; $150 - 300 NT ($5 - 10 CAD) per pizza
The menu, addresses, phone numbers, store hours and detailed directions on how to get to each MJ store are available on the website.

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