It took nearly a decade, but Kim Jong-il finally has the eatery he craved above all: an Italian pizzeria offering authentic-tasting pies. Jong-il has desired a true, Italian-style pizza and pasta eatery in the country for ten years.

In 2008, he sent a group of North Korean chefs to Naples and Rome, Italy to learn the recipes and techniques needed to create real Italian food. He’s had a team of pizza chefs in the country since the 1990s, an elite group which teaches army officers how to make the pizza he craves.


The best in Italian wheat, butter, cheese and flour are being imported to North Korea to create these Italian-style treats. “Our people should be also allowed to enjoy the world-famous food,” said the manager of the restaurant, which is based in Pyongyang.

After its December opening, the eatery has remained popular with local residents.

And most importantly, Kim Jong-il can stay in North Korea whenever he craves a true Italian meal.