Cold pizza is good, but piping hot pizza is even better. Kaffi Krús in Selfoss, Iceland holds the unique distinction of serving up a pie so special it’s named after one of the most notorious eruptions in Iceland’s history.
Before you balk at the price tag for an Eyjafjallajökull pizza (2.650 Icelandic Króna is equivalent to about $25), keep two things in mind. One, just about all the grub in Iceland is expensive for Americans. Even a hot dog at a gas station will put you back about $13.00. Two, it could be worse. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated that the real Eyjafjallajökull cost the airline industry around $1.7 billion, so be glad you aren’t picking up the airline industry’s tab. (Ash from the notoriously difficult to pronounce volcano stranded millions of passengers around the world when it erupted back in 2010.)
In addition to the usual sauce and cheese, Kaffi Krús’ Eyjafjallajökull pizza also adds in salsa, beef, nachos, cream cheese, jalapeños and bell pepper. At least one person at our table, I’m not naming names, balked at the idea of nachos on his pizza, but after one bite Eyjafjallajökull even won the dissenter over.
Nachos aren’t the only wacky topping the folks at Kaffi Krús are willing to throw on their pies. Our dissenter was also slightly concerned when we ordered a “say cheese” pizza, but those fears were quickly dashed away as the first slices were devoured. The say cheese comes with a hunk of deep fried brie cheese smack dab in the middle of the pizza with dash of blue cheese, cream cheese and a side of red currant jam. Like the Eyjafjallajökull, everyone at our table ended up loving it.
Our third pizza was closer to normal by American standards. The Mr. Pig pizza at Kaffi Krús features pulled pork in a barbecue sauce along with bacon, cream cheese, red onion jalapeños and pineapple. Mr. Pig was good, but Eyjafjallajökull and say cheese were even better.
In addition to pizzas, the bistro, café and pizzeria also serves coffee, wine, beer and alcoholic coffee drinks. Beer-wise they have a number of local bottles from Icelandic breweries like Einstök Ölgerð and Ölvisholt Brugghús (which is based near Selfoss). We taste tested the Viking white ale which is brewed by Einstök Ölgerð out of Akureyri (the second largest city in Iceland). The beer was light and refreshing making it the perfect pizza partner.
When we first walked through the door at Kaffi Krús we were immediately infatuated with its dessert case. Three pizzas and a brew to boot had us crying mercy, so we’ll have to save some of the lovelies we spied below for our next visit Selfoss.
Speaking of next visits to Selfoss, we enjoyed our slices of heaven so much that we ventured back to Kaffi Krús the next morning for a coffee and a kleina.
A kleina, for those of you who are not familiar with this tasty morning treat, is a kind of Icelandic doughnut or donut. When executed correctly, they taste a bit like an old fashioned cake doughnut. Our repeat visit, just like the visit the night before, was a success. Our kleina was fresh and vaguely vanilla in all the right ways.
Delicious pizzas, refreshing local brews and tasty breakfast delights, what more could you ask for? Even the decor at Kaffi Krús is fun. Situated in an old house the restaurant feels both homey and charismatic. The dining area inside is filled with old photos and a seemingly never ending array of salt and pepper shakers that line all of the ledges. There’s also a lovely little patio outside.
Whether you’re seeking a relaxed atmosphere for dinner or a place where you can test drive your first kleina, Kaffi Krus makes for the perfect pit stop.
Address: Austurvegi 7
800 Selfoss, Iceland
Hours: Every Day 10:00am to 10:00pm
Phone: +354 4821266
Prices (All in Icelandic Króna or ISK): Starters 1,450 to 1,990, Salads 2,290 to 2,380, Pastas 2,740 to 3,250, Burgers and Sandwiches 1,990 to 2,690, Main Courses 2,850 to 4,900, Pizzas 1,690 to 3,450