Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating: no
Food Quality: 4.5 out of 5
Decor: 4 out of 5
Service: 4.5 out of 5
Overall: 4.3 out of 5
Recommendation: Gourmet Pizza in a Cozy Atmosphere
Tucked in a alleyways of the NTU rear entrance restaurant area is a gourmet pizzeria called 15. They serve a wide variety of pizzas ranging from 300 NT to 500 NT, various appetizers at around 200 NT, and drinks at around 100 NT. Their decor is very gastro pubish, with a bartop available to view the pseudo brick-oven pizza making process. Their staff is very friendly, helpful, and prompt. They also welcome silly banter and make an effort to entertain their guests. At the very least, they busted our tables, asked if we needed anything, and responding quickly when summoned. This pizzeria left me with a good impression, and is currently my favorite NTU area pizzeria.
The interior area is really small. They designed the space well enough to create a cozy yet not cramped atmosphere to the restaurant. They have 2 tables inside and 2 tables outside that can seat groups of up to 6 people. It seems like these tables need to be reserved. Otherwise, they would not be readily available. Most guests without a reservation are diverted to the bar top that could seat around 10 people around it's perimeter. The people seated at the bar have a nice view of the pizza making process, which is also an entertaining diversion to those lapses of silence.
There are usuallly two workers making the pizzas to order behind the bar top. They are very diligent and careful, and they rarely speak or joke around with each other. I admire their professional attitute and lack of horsing around, because if they talk and laugh too much, a lot of spit can end up in our food. Their cooking utensils look very clean as well, the pizza board was not excessively greasy or burnt looking. The waitress was very friendly and helpful in each part of the meal. Not only did she have the basics, her personality was outgoing and have extra conversation and interaction with the customer. I rated this restaurant pretty high based on my impression of their staff's pleasantry paired with the space's warmness.
The pizzas were superb, but the appetizers have a lot of space to improve. I ordered the cream of mushroom hoping that a Taiwanese restaurant can finally prove to deliver a hearty, flavorful soup. Sadly, I was proved wrong again, as this restaurant served a frothy cup containing "cream" of mushroom. I don't understand why the nobody is complaining about the status quo of soups in Taiwan. I have yet to find a restaurant that can serve a decent cup of soup for under 120NT. I am just asking for something comparable to Corner Bakery or Marmalade Cafe soup. However, what I got was a mushroom soup that seemed to just come out of the food processor and heated. Each spoonful was watery and lacked the buttery creaminess that soups ought to carry. I drank about half of it and pushed it aside so that I could enjoy the main attraction.