Is there any better comfort food than pizza? Perhaps and perhaps not, but one thing’s for sure, a good pizza needs several parts – the perfect crust, a rich tomato sauce, a good dose of cheesiness…and a certain je ne sais quoi that ties it all together. As for finding the best pizza in Hong Kong…we did the hard work and found them all for you!
Mother of Pizzas
A hidden gem tucked away in Causeway Bay, this pizzeria serves up decadent Neapolitan-style pies featuring perfectly puffy, charred crust fresh from the kitchen’s wood-fired stone oven. Pizzas come in two sizes – a respectable 13-inch and a more New York-style 18-inch – but perhaps the best part is that you can order two styles of toppings on one pie. There’s plenty for everyone, from a vego-friendly Queen Margherita to the fully-loaded Pepperoni Super Saiyan, which comes with mozzarella, basil, bocconcini, garlic, and pepperoni. Add on a salad for a little healthiness (perhaps the Caprese or Caesar) or go for a full Italian feast with a pasta dish like the Carbonara Capicola.nabbing yourself one.
13–19 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, 2891 2221, http://www.motherofpizzas.com
A slice of Brooklyn in Kennedy Town? That’s pretty much what you’ll get at Alvy’s, a neighborhood pizza joint created by the former owner of The Globe and local craft brewery Young Master Ales. Pizzas here are a real treat – the sourdough crust is made with the same yeast starter used in Young Master’s stouts. On the menu? Classic pizzas like Pepperoni, Four Cheese, and Sausage and Mushroom, as well as eclectice East-meets-West hybrids such as Bak Gwei (gruyere bechamel, char siu, mozarella, geung yeng), Ma-La-Di-Da (Sichuan-spiced tomato sauce, salami picante, ‘nduja, bocconcini, and red chilis.
8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, 2312 2996, http://www.alvys.hk
This Black Sheep Restaurant-owned joint proved so popular it’s got two locations – one along the Central escalator and another in Wanchai’s Ship Street. The concept was developed in New York and imported by chef Mathieu Palombino and the kitchen features a Stefano Ferrara brick oven handmade in Naples. Translation: the pizza here is probably the best in town. Crusts are perfectly charred which the tomato sauce is rich and bursting with fresh flavor. We’re partial to the delightfully spicy Sopressata Piccante which comes loaded with fior di latte, fresh chili, garlic, oregano, and pecorino (along with the afore-mentioned meat), and the simple yet satisfying Prosciutto di Parma. Top tip: the weekend lunch offering includes your choice of salad starter and pie, and at $139 it’s a total steal.
Central: 14 Shelley Street, SoHo, 2801 8881
Wanchai: 15 Ship Street, 2520 0690
208 Duecento Otto
Developed by the knowledgeable restauranteurs at JIA Group, 208 Duecento Otto is a stylish little spot that whips up traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas with imported wood ovens and Italian buffalo mozzarella. Pies are made with authentic Italian toppings so expect to feast on pizzas like Margherita, Diavola (tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy salami, chili, basil), and Quattro Formaggi (mozzarella, gorgonzola, parmesan, scarmoza).
208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, 2549 0208, http://www.208.com.hk
Over in Wanchai, DiVino Patio churns out perfectly fired pizzas made onsite in the kitchen’s stone wood oven. The crusts are perfectly dough and charred, but where these pies really shine are the fresh, premium ingredients that are used in the toppings. Keep it simple with the Margherita with tomato sauce, mozzarella, oregano and basil; spice things up with the Piccante with tomato sauce, mozzarella and spicy Neapolitan salami; or perhaps to luxe with the Parma that features tomato sauce, mozzarella, arugula and 24-months “riserva” Parma ham. Feeling like having a pizza night at home? You’ll get 20% off your takeaway or delivery order!
Shop 11, 1/F, BRIM 28, 28 Harbour Road, Wanchai, 2877-3552, http://www.divinogroup.com/restaurants/divino-patio/about-us/
Another pizza joint that’s proved so popular it required a second location, Dough Bros boasts outposts on Hollywood Road in Central and Yik Yam Street in Happy Valley. It’s a humble, tiny spot – there are just a few stools, so most people get their pizzas to go – but their artisanal sourdough pizzas keep people coming back for more. The menu is short but sweet and full of classics – think The Classic (a Margherita-style pie), The Pepperoni (pretty self-explanatory); and The Parma (tomato, mozzarella, roasted garlic, wild mushroom, rocket and, of course, parma ham). Round out your feast with a pick from the selection of local and imported beers and wines, and treat yourself to the freshly-made donuts that come in three classic flavors – jam, custard, and Nutella.
Central: G/F, 68-70A, Hollywood Road,
Happy Valley: G/F, 38-42 Yik Yam Street, Happy Valley, 2760-4555
Emmer Pizzeria & Café
Developed by the team behind Beef & Liberty, this hybrid pizzeria-café opened in late 2019 in the courtyard at Admiralty’s Pacific Place. The menu’s pizza section is simple and classic – just six types that you’ll instantly recognize, like a Margherita, Marinara, Funghi, and Parma – there is a daily special, though. Pies here are just 11-inches and six slices big, so they’re perfect to eat on your own for a full meal for share for a mid-afternoon snack.
Shop 407, 4/F, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, http://www.emmerpizza.com
The Pizza Project
A recent addition to the SoHo dining district, The Pizza Project is the most recent venture by Pirata Group. Thanks to that, the joint already has a loyal following that flock to its storefront on Peel Street (the location was formerly another Pirata restaurant, Chifa). This friendly neighborhood spot boasts a rather hearty menu of starters and fried gnocco, but of course, the house specialty is pizza. Yes, you can get a Margherita, Parma, or Rustico, but we rather like that they’re taking the Carbonara off the pasta dish and putting it on dough with a pizza topped with pancetta, quail eggs, and fior di latte. P.S. there’s a second storefront in Wanchai
Central: G/F, 26 Peel Street, Central, 2311-1815
Wanchai: G/F, N.5 Star Street, Wanchai, 2577-7227
Quite possible Hong Kong’s coolest pizza spot, Homeslice is located in Sai Ying Pun and specializes in artisanal Neapolitan-style pizzas and milkshakes. The 12-inch pizzas feature a thin base, perfect charring, and imported buffalo mozzarella. There are classic toppics available (Margherita, Diavola, Calabrese) along with house specials like Spicy Sausage (mozzarella, spicy sausage, fermented chili, creme fraiche), and the Brekky Pizza (egg, crispy bacon, breakfast sausage, cherry tomato, buffalo mozzarella).
Shop 3, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, 3619-4026, http://www.homeslice.com.hk
The perfect spot for a drunk slice after hitting the bars at LKF (though there are other locations throughout Hong Kong), Paisano’s is known for its gargantuan pizzas – really, one slice is usually more than enough. There are classic cheese pizzas and pepperoni pies, along with more exciting options such as the Bacon Cheeseburger and The Godfather. It’s cheap, cheerful, and oh-so-satisfying.
Various locations, http://www.paisanos.com.hk
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