The area around National Tai-tung University Tai-tung Campus is very much like a mini Soho.
There are Tai-tung Railway Art Village, Tie-hua Music Village, Eslite Bookstore, Starbucks Coffee and Tai-tung Story Museum.
There are two restaurants across from Tai-tung Story Musuem. One of them is Big O Tai-tung Kiln-baked Pizza.
台東故事館對面，有兩家餐廳。其中一家是台東窯烤披薩 Big O。
Upon walking into the shop, you can see a simple and artistic setup.
The front frame of the bicycle sandwiches a coconut shell brimming with southern charms.
There are floor-to-ceiling windows both at the storefront and in the backyard brightening the dining ambience.
You used to be able to see Tie-hua Music Village from the backyard looking out, but it's now sealed up.
Big O is an Italian Cuisine restaurant. Kiln-baked Pizza, Steak and Pasta are the main items .
Big O 是義式料理，主打窯烤披薩、牛排和義大利麵。
The menu design is also all about minimalism.
Despite being Western Cuisine, menu items make a great use of local food ingredients. Take the Smoked Chicken Mango Pizza that we ordered as an example.
This is the Summer Flavor recommended by the shop employee and is not on the menu.
Before being baked in the stove, the Taiwan specialty fresh mango is cut into pieces to go with smoked chicken and sauce.
The pizza out of the oven is sprinkled with parsley before being promptly brought to your table.
The fruity aroma and sweet taste of fresh mango are even richer after being baked. It's a perfect match for the smoked chicken.
The crust is soft while being very chewy.
The salad is rather distinctive with added local specialty Passion Fruit and Pitaya, palpably enhancing the flavor.
The steak from this shop is even more tasty. It's pan-fried before going into the small oven for grilling.
For instance, there is the American Rib Eye Steak that we ordered.
The steak has a rich burning aroma to it, but it isn't too dry. It tastes extremely juicy, and the serving size comes in abundance.
According to folks who have eaten in exquisite steakhouses in the United States, this steakhouse is not only refined, but also good value for money.
Tai-tung Railway Art Village
After enjoying the delicious meal, we recommend that you stroll around the Tai-tung Railway Art Village and Tie-hua Music Village nearby.
Tai-tung Railway Art Village is an art village reconstructed from the old Tai-tung Train Station.
The village preserves the original station body, giving impetus to Tai-tung Art upon the infusion of creations from artists.
Tie-hua Music Village is also an art village, commemorating Hu Tie-hua, the father of a renowned scholar Hu Shih.
He served as a Tai-tung official during the Qing Dynasty.
Tai-tung Railway Art Village and Tie-hua Music Village were hit by a windstorm in 2016. Artists are putting a lot of time and effort into restoring the beauty of Tai-tung.