4.153 Spaghetti Napoliana

-Cycle 4, Item 153-
7 (Fri) June 2013

Spaghetti Napoliana


at The Corner Kitchen

-Oksu, Seoul-

with Wife, Dominic, Mom & Dad

While I've posted on many pizzas from this restaurant (see most recently 4.138 Pizza Bismarck), my favorite pizzeria in the city, this is the first time featuring a pasta.  Frankly, the pastas weren't particularly notable until they recently revamped the menu and added this item: the Napoliana.  Spaghetti with shrimp (one jumbo plus several minis), clams, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes in a white wine sauce, topped with fresh arugula.  When I inquired about the sauce, amazingly rich in flavor, he confirmed that it didn't come from just the ingredients in the dish but involved a concentrated stock, though he wouldn't elaborate--I'm thinking bottled clam juice.  In any case, it's excellent, ideal for dipping pizza crusts.  15,500 won.  About the name, I'm unaware of any eponymous seafood pasta dish associated with Napoli, but the port city's cuisine does embrace a lot of seafood in general, so the attribution here seems fair enough.  

Under the rocket.

This Pizza Diavola Gamberri--shrimp, bacon, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and basil with mozzarella, no sauce--was a bit dry (17,000 won) (2.0).

According to Oksu-related internet bulletin boards (yes, they exist, and the wife is a frequent reader), the restaurant's suddenly begun giving away freebies to the regulars, like this off-menu salad--roasted and fresh veggies topped with cheeses and balsamic vinaigrette--probably a move in response to the competition from several new Italian restaurants in the area (which I'll try someday soon enough)--this is why competition is a good thing, at least for the customers.

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