I'm all for fusion cuisine — French-Japanese, Thai-Vietnamese, Tex-Mex. But there's fusion and then there's confusion. I'm afraid the Korean-Italian fare at Hello Pizza subscribes to the latter.
When you're in the mood for pizza, you typically want a big, cheesy, crusty Italian pie with that wonderful pizza-oven aroma. Don't come to Hello Pizza for that. Here you get a disc that's filling and healthy (according to them). At its best, it's intriguing. At its worst, it's just weird.
Case in point, the Potato Gold Premium Pizza ($15.50 for eight slices, $21.50 for 12) is a lesson in the neutralizing effect of too many ingredients. Its combination of steakhouse flavors — ground beef, sliced baked potato, cheddar cheese, bacon, corn and sour cream — makes some sense. But crumbled tortilla chips on top? They're unnecessary and frankly confusing.
I prefer their Fresh Garden Pizza ($17.99/$24.99.) Eating a slice of this pie is like experiencing a three-course meal. The first couple of bites are dominated by the Romaine lettuce salad on top. Cool and crispy with a spicy Thousand Island-style dressing, it's a refreshing start.