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Originally published by Sophie Pettit. Last updated by Nicole Hurip.
Whether you’re craving a cheeky New York-style pizza or a more refined Neapolitan pie scattered with all your favourite toppings, nothing beats sinking your teeth into a slice of the good stuff. Luckily, the 852 is blessed with a plethora of great pizzerias to help take the edge off. In no particular order, here are our favourites pizza restaurants around Hong Kong.
Charming pizzeria Amalfitana is reason enough to visit Repulse Bay. Here, you get to tuck into rustic and flavoursome artisan pizzas inspired by the Amalfi Coast while lapping up the beautiful view of the beach. The restaurant serves all the classics, such as the Margherita ($140), pepperoni ($170), and Parma ham ($190), which are executed to perfection, as well creative offerings like the signature Amalfitana ($250) and the calzone ($170). There’s even a range of bambino pizzas for kids, too, making this an ideal family dining spot. Plus, they have just opened up a new spot in Central, so you can enjoy their slices a little closer to town.
Serving up Neapolitan-inspired pizzas topped with New York-style toppings, this popular pizzeria offers the best of both worlds. The restaurant uses its own 36-hour rising dough with Caputo 00 flour (considered the godfather of all flours) to make a deeply satisfying and thin crust that’s crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It also uses San Marzano tomatoes imported from Naples to create its own homemade sauce, so you know you’re in for an authentic feast.
The slices are big enough to fold and feature an array of adventurous toppings, such as the Summer of Love 1967 ($218), which comes with chilli-infused honey, and the Hawaiian CoCo ($198), which blends shredded coconut with fresh pineapple. These pizzas are so popular in fact, that the owners have had to knock down the wall and expand into the space next door!
Mother of Pizzas, 13–19 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2891 2221
Originally from Brooklyn, Motorino honours the tradition of Naples, serving up pizzas that have been cooked for less than ninety seconds in a custom-made oven under extremely high heat. This creates a soft-on-the-inside, slightly-charred-on-the-outside result.
The menu keeps things simple, featuring all the classics, as well as some creative combinations like the Brussels sprout ($178), which is definitely worth a try. With its rustic, warehouse-like interior and noisy, bustling atmosphere, Motorino is the ideal spot for a quick pizza fix if you happen to be in Wan Chai or Central. Keep an eye out for their adorable heart-shaped pies around Valentine’s Day too.
With its cosy atmosphere, reasonable prices, and generously-sized pizzas, High Street eatery Pizzeria Italia has since expanded to two additional locations and is well worth a visit when the carb cravings hit. The menu features more than 30 pizzas—which come in 10- or 14-inch sizes—so you are sure to find your dream combination of toppings. If not, you can always add more for an additional $10 each. The pizzeria makes its own homemade tomato sauce, which bursts with flavour and a hint of sweetness. With its modestly-sized venue, old-school decor, and rustic finish, Pizzeria Italia is about as close as you will get to an authentic side-street Italian pizza experience in the heart of Hong Kong.
If you’re looking to delve into a devilishly delicious deep-pan pizza, then this is your spot. The pies at this spacious Italian eatery are not for those trying to watch their weight—the best-selling Bronx Bomber ($179), with its thick, doughy base loaded with crumbled sausage, pepperoni, oodles of mozzarella, and fresh oregano, is set to knock your #fitspo goals out the window. Charred and served in an iron skillet, this beast is the epitome of indulgence, but we won’t judge. After all, you can always order a side of Caesar salad ($129) or some chopped kale ($149) to offset the guilt hangover.
Posto Pubblico, 28 Elgin Street, Central | (+852) 2577 7160
If you’re feeling ravenous, then you might be tempted by the huge 18-inch New York-style pizzas on offer at Fini’s. These tasty pies are big enough to feed a small army and take up a large portion of the table too, so it might be wise to share.
Although the selection here isn’t too extensive, the pizzas certainly pack a punch, with The Bronx ($319), featuring fresh mozzarella, porchetta, pepperoni, and meatballs, standing out for meat lovers. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Special ($289) makes for a very satisfying veggie option, blending together fried eggplant with roasted garlic and peppers, and basil. Whatever you go for, just make sure you arrive hungry.
This popular Hollywood Road eatery has been serving up rustic Italian food for years, and it remains a firm favourite when it comes to authentic pies served straight from a custom-made pizza oven. The pizzas at 208 Duecento Otto are all about the toppings, which are rubberstamped with chef Michael Bolam’s seal of approval and lay on a bed of fresh buffalo mozzarella imported from Italy.
The Tuscan ($208) is particularly good, mixing mozzarella and goat’s cheese with semi-dried tomato, crispy bacon, and garlic. The light and crunchy crusts and thin bases really allow the ingredients to shine, and if you happen to swing by around lunchtime, you can enjoy a small pizza and graze from the antipasti buffet for $168. They may not be a pie-focused restaurant, but they sure serve up some of the best pizza in Hong Kong.
208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan | (+852) 2549 0208
Situated in the backstreets of Kennedy Town is New York-style pizzeria Alvy’s. Since its opening in 2017, it has quickly become the favourite neighbourhood pizza spot for expats and locals in Hong Kong. Employing the infamous red brick pizza oven aptly named as “The Red Bitch,” it serves up a wide array of delectable sourdough pizza. Though slightly quirky, the Bak Gwei ($138), topped with char siu pork, mozzarella, gruyere béchamel, and minced ginger, is an innovative blend of local flair and classical New York pizza. If you’re aiming for something more classic, the A La Vodka ($138) is simple and yet unbeatable.
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town | (+852) 2312 2996
If you’re a fan of Pici, you’ll want to pay attention to this brand-new opening. The Pizza Project, Pirata Group’s first venture in 2020, combines a trendy Soho venue with satisfying and approachable handmade pizzas that are packed with different textures and generous toppings. In just six months, this pizzeria has become so popular that they have since expanded to a second location on Star Street!
Armed with a straightforward one-page menu and the pleasant brand of charm that made Pici a runaway success, The Pizza Project is focused on captivating the hearts and stomachs of Hongkongers with freshly-prepared starters, decadent desserts, and stunning pies, replete with enticing aromas and lively flavours to attract spirited gatherings and hearty feasts. Must-tries include the carbonara ($120) with pancetta and quail eggs and the tonno e cipolle ($95), a red sauce-based pie with tuna chunks and baked red onions.
La Camionetta is Soho’s newest pizza joint, a cute little neighbourhood establishment that celebrated an under-the-radar opening, but our keen noses catch the fragrance of piping hot pies from miles away. Benito and Giulia, the husband-and-wife team behind La Camionetta, create handcrafted pizzas with a modern twist, based on well-loved, traditional Italian recipes.
Slip inside their sliver of a shop and tuck into their focused menu of antipasti dishes, 11-inch pizzas, and happy hour drinks. Cheese lovers will want to step up to the challenge of La Cinque Formaggi ($168), a five-cheese pie guaranteed to induce food comas. Other signature pizzas include the southern-inspired La Calabrese ($148), made with tomatoes, a two-cheese blend of fior di latte and scamorza affumicata, ‘nduja sausage, and spicy spianata salami, and the contemporary La Goat Cheese ($148) of goat and fior di latte cheese, pancetta, honey, walnuts, and rocket salad. Before you leave, don’t forget to snap a pic of the adorable counter, inspired by the iconic, retro designs of vintage Volkswagen camper vans!
La Camionetta, 12A Elgin Street, Central
Dough Bros is a cheerful neighbourhood pizza joint that serves up your favourite pies with a side of beer, Nutella-filled doughnuts, and wine, and while their menu is small and specialised, all items pack a punch.
We’re quite partial to the Parma ham ($118) for its combo of roasted garlic, wild mushrooms, parma ham, and rocket, as well as the classic pepperoni ($108) and meatball ($108) with homemade beef meatballs and pickled chillies. Their vegetarian option, the Sophisticated ($118), comes with tomato, mozzarella, goat’s cheese, caramelised onion, pickled peppers, and sweet peppers. Oh, and did we mention all pizzas are crafted with a base of artisan sourdough? It’s the perfect thing to stock up on before a big night at the races!
Homemade and natural is the name of the game at Emmer. With a moniker paying homage to an ancient grain that our forebearers subsisted on, pizza-making at Emmer is a deliberately slow affair, with hand-milling and fermentation at the heart of the process. After rye and Italian flour are added, handcrafted pies are then baked in a rotating steel oven to produce a chewy and crunchy base. Don’t be fooled by its small pizza menu; its focused selection offers strong fan favourites like funghi ($138), a mix of portobello and cremini mushrooms, and D.O.P. Quattro Formaggi ($168) with D.O.P. fontina, mozzarella, truffle pecorino romano, and taleggio. Give this newcomer a try!
Emmer, 407, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 2780 1110
If you’re looking for the edgiest pizzeria in town, this is it. Decked from head to toe—or rather, ceiling to floor—in neon colours and alternative music posters, Homeslice perfectly plays the part of your cool older cousin (who also happens to sling some of the best pies in town). From pizzas and pasta to salads and small plates, this energetic spot right on Des Voeux Road serves up a formidable combination of classic flavours with innovative twists.
Appetisers such as the Ninja Bomba’s ($75), a trio of fried potato balls, and fried squid ($145), presented whimsically on a bed of tonka bean mayo, are their pride and joy, but the main stars of the show are their 12-inch pizzas. Traditionalists can opt for old favourites like the proscuitto e rucola ($165) and quattro formaggi ($165), but diners looking to take their taste buds on an adventure can’t miss the baby leek ($160), with Taleggio cheese, caramelised onion, and rosemary, as well as the savoury Brekky Pizza ($190), which is—as expected—simply breakfast on a pie, featuring eggs, crispy bacon, breakfast sausage, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella. Just the thought of these pizzas is enough to make us drool!
Homeslice, Shop 3, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun
With a prime spot right in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, Ciao Chow is a casual open-kitchen Italian cafeteria offering the highest degree of authentic fare. Its blistered and charred pizzas, hence, are expertly made, using specific ingredients, techniques, and machinery in order to produce genuine Neapolitan-style pies; even the type of flour, water, salt and, dough mixers to be used are specified. Try the traditional Margherita ($129), made with the freshest basil, or the pesto-based Verde ($199), topped with a generous portion of Parma ham, cherry tomatoes, and smoked scamorza, and you won’t go wrong.
Ciao Chow, California Tower, 30–32 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | (+852) 2344 0005
If your list of usual haunts for comforting slices needs a fresh update in 2021—new year, new pizzas, baby—head to Gustaci, a newly opened pizza lounge in the atrium of PMQ. Spacious in size and chic in décor but without the inhibiting price tag of an upscale restaurant, Gustaci offers warm service, generous portions, and big flavours.
Ensconced in a vibrant setting of impressionistic abstract paintings of Naples and its splendours, diners can expect authentic Neapolitan culinary delights, presented by executive chef Angelo D’Ambrosio. Pizzas, of course, feature heavily on the menu, making full use of Chef Angelo’s pizzaiolo background to perfect their naturally leavened dough before baking it to perfection in their Moretti Forni electric deck oven.
Highlights from the pizza menu include classics such as the Margherita ($130) and the marinara ($100); specialities like the gattò ($135) with mozzarella, potato croquettes, and salami; vegetarian options such as the funghi cardoncelli ($145) with pickled mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and yellow cherry tomatoes; and specialities like the tartufo nero ($380), a decadent pie of mozzarella, Parmesan, and black winter truffle.
Gustaci, Shop HG01-05, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central | (+852) 2981 1418
The secret to a great pizza lies in the dough, something that the chefs at Ciak take very seriously. Their pizza dough is made with a special 18-year-old Italian yeast and a blend of four different flours, then fermented for 36 hours. This makes for an extremely flavourful base that is light and crispy, perfect for delivering an array of toppings. Try the chef’s favourite—pizza tartufo nero ($1,680), made with a blend of mozzarella and taleggio cheese, homemade sausage, and generous shavings of black truffle. An egg yolk cracked into the middle elevates the luxurious experience even further, making every bite deliciously savoury and aromatic.
Other choice options include the Norcina ($240), a hearty meat lover’s pie with homemade Italian sausage, mushroom, and mozzarella cheese, and the Mediterranea ($190), a seafood delight with tomato sauce, fresh Mediterranean anchovies, black olives, and aromatic garlic oil.
Ciak—In the Kitchen, Shop 327–333, 3/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central | (+852) 2522 8869
Babacio offers a variety of pies from tomato-based favourites to deep-fried indulgence. For classics, you can’t go wrong with a spicy salami pizza—the Piccante ($218), made with buffalo mozzarella for a creamier bite. In-house creation and restaurant namesake pie Babacio ($288) features slices of 18-month aged Parma ham, pesto and tomato sauce, dry tomato, and a mix of buffalo mozzarella and burrata cheese for extra cheesy goodness. Enjoy your pizza on the plant-filled terrace looking over Wyndham Street and Tai Kwun—perfect for day or night, casual or fancy.
Babacio, 5/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2808 1961
Meaning “paddle pizza” in Italian, Pala’s speciality is—you guessed it—paddle pizza. This style of pizza originated from Rome, named after the long wooden paddles used to slide pizzas in and out of the oven. The dough is stretched to fit the paddle, so pizzas are in an oblong shape. The crust is low in gluten and high in dietary fiber, and left to ferment for two hours, making the pizzas as nutritious as it is delicious.
Try the carbonara ($47 for a pala; $130 for a pizza), topped with pancetta, pork cheek bacon, fior di latte mozzarella, pecorino cheese, creamy egg yolk, and ground black pepper, or the tartufata ($198), topped with mushrooms, truffle paste, truffle oil, and shaved black truffle. Ask for their extra spicy oil if you like a kick!
Pala, 7 Amoy Street, Wan Chai | (+852) 6979 1332