Monkey King simply makes pizza closest to what I was used to in New Jersey. It comes with a crispy, thin crust. It also comes with a decent amount cheese and tomato sauce. Don’t get me wrong, as there are other places in Changzhou that also make very good or decent pizza; however, Monkey King is still the best, personally. This is just my opinion, and as I have noted elsewhere and to many people, I have very, very exacting requirements when it comes to pizza. I do when it comes to all Italian food; I am half Italian American, after all. Let me go even farther: I’m half Jersey-Italian.
After I moved to Xinbei, however, I quickly learned something. Some seem to not know that there are actually two different Monkey King Pizza restaurants in Changzhou. Some would hear the name and automatically assume that I am talking about the location near Candles. No, I’m not. Actually, I have never eaten at that one, yet. My experience comes solely from their Wujin presence — the one next to Chocolate’s German restaurant.
It’s an important distinction. Wujin Monkey King is a godsend and a must-go-to place when you live in southern Changzhou. This is especially true if you live in the College Town area of either Mingxin or Gehu Roads. When it comes to western cuisine, there really isn’t much of anything else to go to. Sure, there is also Kaffe Indian Cafe, and Jagerwirt, but that is all there is. And saying “Just take a cab to Xinbei” is just not an acceptable answer for routine, everyday eating. The cab fare is about 60 RMB, and when you are on a college English teacher’s salary, you only save such extravagant luxuries for special occasions, or when you can get a number of people to go with you and split fare.
So, no matter what, I will always stand by this distinction: Wujin Monkey King makes the best pizza in Changzhou. Others come very close. Some used to say that title belonged to Aria, and I used to welcome that debate. Sadly, Aria is gone.