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The concept of “Street meets Market” is obvious the minute you step into Mercato – a place that encapsulates a blend of rustic and refined dining. Headed by seasoned chef Anthony Burd, Mercato prides itself on using only the finest ingredients in the wood-oven fired pizzas (from daily-made dough), with seasonal produce to reflect the market-style acquisition of authentic Italian restaurants. Chewy, crispy and slightly charred; the crust acts as a strong foundation for some of the finest toppings around; from various gourmet meats, to farm eggs and vegetables sourced sustainably from farm to fork.
We love the sophisticated take on classics, like the Spicy Salami, Broccoli and Farm Egg pizza, or the meat-lovers’ Sausage, Spicy Salami, Prosciutto and Meatball with Mozzarella. Mercato is one of those places that is more than just spectacular food, it’s a feeling and an entire dining experience. It has been incredibly well considered, with the impressive interiors adding to the mood in this beautiful space. And with a weekend brunch available too, we’re definite fans of this Lan Kwai Fong concept.
Mercato by Jean-Georges, 8/F,California Tower, 32 D’ Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3706 8567, www.mercato-international.com
There’s something so charmingly Italian about Motorino. Whether you’re watching the world go by on the SoHo escalators, or tucked away in the coolest part of Wan Chai; there is a warmth and a homeliness to this establishment that feels truly authentic. It’s also some of the absolute, hands-down best pizza in the 852! Literally anything off the menu is incredible (even the salads are bomb), but we love the Bresaola with Arugula, Fior Di Latte, Pecorino and Extra Virgin Olive for something a little bit more substantial and savoury (with the saltiness from the cured meat adding so much to this).
If you’re a cheese lover, there can be no wrong done when ordering the Quattro Formaggi (Gorgonzola, Provolone, Fior Di Latte, Pecorino, Parsley and Chili Oil), or if you want to get your greens in with your cheese, opt for the oh-so-damn-delicious Spinach & Scamorza (served with Fior Di Latte, Fresh Chili, Garlic, Pecorino and Extra Virgin Olive Oil). Motorino is fab for girls’ night, a great date night choice and perfect for families. With a sauce that must have been passed down through generations (it’s that good!), a crust that knows what it wants, and a vast selection of toppings to choose from, Motorino is no doubt a top pick. Everything it sources is of the best and most genuine quality and the service is always spot on.
Motorino, 14 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2801 6881
Motorino, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2520 0690, www.motorinopizza.com
Opened in late 2017 by the same remarkable woman, Karen, who owns Taco Chaca; Andrea’s specialises in bagel crusts and a whole lot of friendly neighbourhood attitude. The pizzas are super tasty and packed with awesome ingredients, freshly prepared to order and made with love (“if I’m going to cook it, I’m going to eat it”, says chef Karen), with the bagel crust truly playing a starring role. It holds its own amongst some pretty big contenders (like Thai Green Curry Chicken or Black Truffle Salsa), with tons of savoury flavour and the best union of doughy and crunch. You also cannot deny the fact that you can walk into Andrea’s on a Sunday night, drink a beer with Karen and sing your heart out on the penny-floor to Alanis Morrisette while waiting for that oh-so-sensational pizza to come out the oven (#thatactuallyhappened).
There’s a wide range to choose from; from classics to modern takes on the old pie, but top picks have got to be the excellent rendition of the Margherita with Buffalo Mozzarella, Holland Sweet Cluster Tomatoes and Basil and the Urban Hangover Cure, featuring Pepperoni, Diced Chicken, Sausage Meat, Caramelized Onion, Roasted Pepper, Cremini Mushroom and Sriracha Mayo (yep, she gets it). Come for the bagel crust pizza, stay for the vibe!
Andrea’s Bagel Crust Pizza, 117 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2244 3326, www.facebook.com/Andreas-Bagel-Crust-Pizza
There’s a very rock ‘n roll feel to this New York-inspired Kennedy Town joint, with NYC iconography perfectly complimenting the giant red pizza oven very lovingly referred to as the “Big Red B*tch”. It’s dimly lit, but still feels family friendly (maybe because of all the tiny toy dinosaurs lining the walls), and is almost more comfortable than it should be for the gourmet pizza choices on offer.
Alvy’s has a great selection of starters on the menu, and the pizza options range from the tried-and-tested, to one that we’re actually dying to try – the Fort Greene (named after a now very hip area in Brooklyn), with Basil Pesto, Shaved Asparagus, Sautéed Mushrooms and Bocconcini. Yes, an all-green pizza is very much up our alley. But the special on offer sounded too good to let slip away; an Eggplant Parm Pizza. With a base of Tomato and Roast Garlic, Fried Eggplant (fried to perfection might I add), Bocconcini, Pecorino and Breadcrumbs for an unexpected crunch; this pizza did not disappoint. Not in the slightest. Unless it could have been the size of the table because we wanted that much more of it. Alvy’s is a classic American-esque pizza place with a twist – everything is fresh and of great quality and packed with rich flavours. Do yourself a favour and check it out if it’s not already on heavy rotation.
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2312 2996, www.facebook.com/AlvysHK
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Swap the big city hustle for the chilled-out scenes of Repulse Bay at Amalfitana Artisan Pizza, and add some fresh air and sunshine to your pizza party. The phenomenal thin crust pizzas here have the stamp of approval from a few people who really know their pizza: Italians. The perfectly crisp thin base, freshly made sauce and supreme quality toppings make this seaside spot an absolute must for pizza lovers in the 852. Drawing inspiration from the Italian coastline and headed by an Italian-born chef, Amalfitana is steeped in traditional methods and ingredients, but has developed its menu to tantalise the modern palette (and craving for something a little more creative and unique in our food consumption).
With about 20 pizzas on offer, including ever-changing specials, there really is something for everyone. We love the signature Amalfitana (Mozzarella, Buffola Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Porcini Mushroom, Parma Ham and Rocket) and the Napoli (Mozzarella, Anchovies, Capers, Black Olives, Oregano). The restaurant also serves a Calzone (folded pizza) and a pizza inspired by Carbonara (served with Mozzarella, Pork Cheek, Pecorino, Parmesan and Egg).
Amalfitana, Shop 105, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2388 7877, www.amalfitana.hk
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There are mornings in Hong Kong when you wake up from a massive night out and you’re not as hungover as you suspected. You’re feeling fresh enough to venture out of the house, but you know that the only way to beat this thing is to get some quality food in you (and maybe a Bloody Mary – or sneaky free-flow prosecco, but who’s counting). This is where Elgin Street staple Posto Publicco comes in to make your day. The casual Italian restaurant has an array of solid choices on the menu (do not miss an opportunity to try the Eggs Brooklyn) but the deep-crust pan fried pizzas, known as “Pizza Frittas” are life-changers.
The Brooklyn Special is a firm favourite (partially because it solves the problem of wanting that Eggs Brooklyn and a pizza at the same time) – Breaded Eggplant, Roasted Peppers and Fresh Mozzarella. If you’re feeling a little fancier then go for the Funghi Tartufo – a delicious blend of Mushrooms, Pecorino and Truffle. Whether you want to sit on the street and people-watch, or hide in a booth in the back, the relaxed atmosphere, great service and delicious locally sourced ingredients and food at Posto Publicco will always be a good idea.
Posto Publicco, G/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2577 7160, www.postopubblico.com
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We all know how it goes. It’s 3am and you’ve spent the last five hours killing it on the dancefloor with your best friend, but now your feet hurt and you’re ready to go home. But you need to eat. You need to eat so that tomorrow won’t be the worst day of your life. You need something hot and yummy and extremely filling that’s easy and greasy and cheesy.
Cue Paisano’s. The biggest slice of pizza you’ve ever seen, with all the cheese and maybe some pepperoni but mostly cheese and it smells so damn good. You just have to. You know it’s going to save future you, and it does. From Bacon Cheeseburger to the classic Pepperoni, Paisano’s is the place you go to when you just need a huge slice of cheesy goodness. Or a giant 24” monster pizza. Same thing on a hangover, no?
It’s simple, it’s easy and it gets the job done. Plus, it’s tasty, filling and super affordable. You won’t hear complaints from us then.
Paisano’s Sai Kung, G/F, Shop 27, Chan Man Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2791 4445
Paisano’s Discovery Bay, Shop G28, G/F., 96 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, 2673 4445
Paisano’s Wan Chai, 5 O’Brien Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2573 4554
Paisano’s Tsim Shai Tsui, 8 Granville Road, TST, Hong Kong, 2414 4445
Paisano’s Soho, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2544 4445
Paisano’s Stanley, 25 Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong, 2524 4445, www.paisanos.com.hk
208 is one of those places that ticks so many boxes – it’s the perfect date place, it’s an awesome spot for after work drinks, it serves a fabulous weekend brunch, and a bang-for-your-buck lunch set. But it’s the certified Napoletana pizzas that steal the show. Fired up in an oven shipped from Naples, the pizzas here are everything.
The signature D.O.C (Cherry Tomato, Buffalo Mozzarella and Basil) is an easy winner, but for the slightly more adventurous pizzanista (get it, like a fashionista but for pizza #claimingit); there are a few that stand out: the Figura (Mozzarella, Fig, Gorgonzola Dolce, Almond Flake and Rocket), the Tuscan (Mozzarella, Goat’s Cheese, Semi-Dried Tomato, Crispy Bacon and Garlic), Boscaiola (Tomato Base, Mozzarella, Cotto Ham, Mushroom and Pea), or the Gamberi for those who love a little seafood on their pie (Tomato Base, Mozzarella, Prawn, Chili, Riesling and Salsa Verde). There is no doubt that the pizzas at 208 are spectacular, and with a drinks menu, décor and atmosphere to match; it’s certainly a top pick from us!
208 Duocento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2549 0208, www.208.com.hk
Eating out can be an expensive venture, so you know we love a good deal and a deal on pizza is good enough for us! Café Deco Pizzeria has a special during the week where it’s basically buy one, get one free on its amazing pizzas (the cheapest of the two being free). You can also check out the Early Bird Dinner special – 35% off your food before 8pm on weekdays. There’s a really cool vibe here with the open pizza kitchen, and the deal is conducive to families, big groups and making new friends.
Sharing is caring and this is a rad spot to get a little festive during the week, catch up with mates and indulge in some fantastic food that won’t break the bank. Café Deco works on an idea of “flavours beyond the traditions”; so be prepared for wonderfully interesting flavour combinations and topping choices. From Confit Duck and Foie Gras or Japanese Miso Cod to Char Siu or Korean Bulgogi Beef, there’s no denying the Asian inspiration here. For something a little different, try the Apple Smoked Salmon (Dill Yoghurt Base, Mozzarella, Capers, Peppers, Pickle and Green Apple), or the M6 Wagyu Beef and Prawn (Mozzarella, Asparagus, Roasted Capsicum, Spring Onion and Roasted Garlic Aioli). The menu is extensive and covers all avenues, with veg options and something for the more daring; Café Deco Pizzeria has it all!
Café Deco Pizzeria Sheung Wan, Shop 3-4, G/F, Tower 125, 11 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2559 4100
Café Deco Pizzeria ELEMENTS, Shop 1005-06, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2196 8099, www.cafedecogroup.com
Jacomax might not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re thinking of classic Italian spots in HK but there is something to be said for the way they make the most delectable piece: the Gorgonzola and Apple White Pizza. If, like us, you’re a fan of unexpected flavours or trying new things then this pizza is a must!
The combination of bold, strong gorgonzola is perfectly paired with the sweetness of the thinly sliced apples on white sauce, with a crunchy base. It’s a little surprise in every bite and it is worth every dollar. The pizzas here are very well-sized (I mean, have I finished one on my own? Sure, but I could have saved some for lunch if I had wanted to), and while they all look and smell delish – the Diavola with Spicy Salami is bomb.com, there really is something to be said for that sneaky little treat of a pairing in the Gorgonzola and Apple.
Jacomax Sheung Wan, Shop C, 88 Commercial Building, 28-34 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2851 4688
Jacomax Wan Chai Shop A, G/F, Sun Hey Mansion, 68-76 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2520 3333
Jacomax Quarry Bay Shop 3, 2D Finnie Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2167 8585, www.jacomax.net