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 ($198) with arugula, fior di latte, pecorino and extra virgin olive oil 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 ($178), with gorgonzola, provolone, fior di latte, pecorino, parsley and chilli 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
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).
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 ($158), with basil pesto, shaved asparagus, sautéed mushrooms and bocconcini. Yes, an all-green pizza is very much up our alley. But you can’t go wrong with whatever you order. We’re huge fans of the outrageously cheesy Bak Gwei ($128), with gruyere béchamel, char siu, mozzarella, and geung yeong, and for a classic, the a la Vodka ($128) is a must-order – topped with a subtly sweet tomato vodka sauce, bocconcini mozzarella and pecorino
Alvy’s is a classic American-esque pizza place with a twist – everything is fresh, of great quality and packed with rich flavours, and with a huge selection of local and international craft beers on offer, it’s the perfect weekend spot. 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 a menu to tantalise the modern palette (and those craving something a little more creative and unique in their food consumption).
With about 20 pizzas on offer, including ever-changing specials, there really is something for everyone. We love the signature Amalfitana ($250) (with mozzarella, buffala mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, porcini mushroom, parma ham and rocket) and the Napoli ($180) (with mozzarella, anchovies, capers, black olives and oregano). The restaurant also serves a Calzone (folded pizza) and a pizza inspired by Carbonara ($180), 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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If you’re someone who places pizza, beer and cool spaces together, then you’re going to love neon-lit, rock n roll poster-lined Homeslice in Sai Ying Pun. New to the hood, Homeslice serves up artisanal pizzas and delish nosh, along with milkshakes! It’s a trendy space (those bright pink pizza boxes are très Instagrammable) and the pizzas are big and tasty; like the recommended Spicy Sausage ($175) (with spicy sausage, fermented chilli sauce and crème fraiche), or the sweet treat Gorgonzola ($165) (with gorgonzola, walnut, pear and honey).
We finished our meal off with one of the delectable shakes worth an honourable mention; The Salty Dog ($80) (salted caramel and peanut butter). The menu has lots of smaller nibbles and some interesting appetisers for a neighbourhood joint, so do be lured in by the neon signage of this new kid on the SYP block.
Homeslice, Shop 3, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.homeslice.com.hk
It’s not often places that are so hyped up live up to their reputation, but this is definitely not the case at renowned pizza specialist, Kytaly. Sitting opposite Tai Kwun, this dreamy patio-ed spot has an intimate feel that’s perfect for a romantic night out and does not disappoint throughout the experience. The menu is considered and selective, testament to Francesco Pepe’s ambition of serving you the best pizza in the world.
With an open kitchen, private dining area and fantastic wine menu, you’re already having a fabulous time before your pie even hits the table. But me oh my when it does! The base is a perfect mixture of light and doughy, with a char and a crunch that holds up against the layers of flavour to come. It’s almost impossible to choose favourites but you can’t go wrong ordering the Margherita DOP ($178) (with tomato san marzano DOP, mozzarella di bufala campana DOP and extra virgin olive oil), the Scarpetta ($288) (with mozzarella di bufala campana DOP, cream of grana padano DOP 12 months aged cheese, 3 tomatoes compote, shavings of Grana Padano 24 months aged cheese and freeze dried pesto), or one of Kytaly’s favourites; the Riccio Nero ($298) (with fior di latte, smoked scamorza cheese, dried sausage of Black Casertano pig, oregano, frisée lettuce and extra virgin olive oil). Don’t leave without an order of the Tiramisu “Nutella” ($118).
KYTALY, 5/F, 77 Wyndham Street Central, Hong Kong, www.kytaly.hk
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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 Prosciutto e Rucola ($218) (with mozzarella, cherry tomato, rocket, parma ham and scamorza) is an easy winner, but for the slightly more adventurous pizza lovers; there are a few that stand out: the Calabrese ($208) (with a tomato base, mozzarella, scamorza, eggplant, salami, ‘nduja, basil), the Tuscan ($208) (with mozzarella, goat’s cheese, semi-dried tomato, crispy bacon and garlic), and the Gamberi ($208), for those who love a little seafood on their pie (with a tomato base, nozzarella, 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 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2549 0208, www.208.com.hk
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 Pubblicco, 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 ($169) is a firm favourite (partially because it solves the problem of wanting that Eggs Brooklyn and a pizza at the same time) – fried eggplant, roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella. If you’re feeling a little fancier then go for the Funghi Tartufo ($169) – 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 Pubblicco will always be a good idea.
Posto Pubblicco, G/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2577 7160, www.postopubblico.com
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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 dough 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 of 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 ($150) with buffalo mozzarella, holland sweet cluster tomatoes and basil and the Urban Hangover Cure ($150), featuring pepperoni, diced chicken, sausage meat, caramelised 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
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, multiple locations across Hong Kong, www.paisanos.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 (Monday to Wednesday, from 6pm), 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. With the Singapore Laksa Shrimp ($165), Peking Duck ($158) and Korean Bulgogi Beef ($165), there’s no denying the Asian inspiration here. For something a little different, try the Apple Smoked Salmon ($162) (with a dill yoghurt base, mozzarella, capers, peppers, pickle and green apple), or the M6 Wagyu Beef and Prawn (with 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 ELEMENTS, Shop 1005-06, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2196 8099, www.cafedecogroup.com
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in February 2018 by Nina Brooklyn Brown and was updated on 7 February, 2019.