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, Hong Kong is blessed with a plethora of great pizzerias to help take the edge off. Here are our favourites.
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 folded pizza ($170). There’s even a range of Bambino Pizzas for kids too, making this an ideal family dining spot.
Amalfitana, Shop 105, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, (+852) 2388 7787
Pizzas start from $140
Mother of Pizzas
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, 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, Ground Shop, 13 – 19 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, (+852) 2891 2221
Pizzas start from $168
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 pizza ($178), which is definitely worth a try. With its rustic, warehouse style 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.
Motorino, Central, 14 Shelley Street, Central, (+852) 2801 6881
15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, (+852) 2520 0690
Pizzas start from $108
With its cosy atmosphere, reasonable prices, and generously sized pizzas, High Street eatery Pizzeria Italia is well worth a visit when the carb cravings hit. The menu features more than 30 pizzas – which come in 10 or 14 inch – 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 is gorgeous and bursting 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 pizzeria in the heart of Hong Kong.
Pizzeria Italia, 43 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, (+852) 2525 2519
Pizzas start from $80
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, namely the best-selling Bronx Bomber ($179) with its thick, doughy base loaded with crumbled sausage, pepperoni, oodles of mozzarella, and fresh oregano. 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 St, Central, (+852) 2577 7160
Pizzas start from $159
If you’re feeling ravenous then you might be tempted by the huge 18-inch New York style pizzas on offer at Linguini Fini (soon to be rebranded as 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.
208 Duecento Otto
This popular Hollywood Road eatery has been serving up rustic Italian food for years, and remains a firm favourite when it comes to authentic pies served straight from a custom-made pizza oven. The pizzas at 208 are all about the toppings, which are bursting with flavour 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 too for $168.
208 Duecento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan (+852) 2549 0208
Pizzas start from $168
We couldn’t complete our list without a mention of Paisanos, home of the legendary 24-inch ‘party pizza’. This cheap and cheerful pizzeria has saved many a hungry (and inebriated) Hongkonger in the early hours of the morning after a heavy night out on the town. But that’s not the only reason we love them – their Bacon Cheeseburger slice is enough to keep us coming back for more, steaming or sober. Tempting us with slices that start from as little as $25, Paisano’s is our ultimate guilty pleasure, and we’re not even sorry.
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