In a place like Hong Kong, you shouldn’t have to settle for boring pizza. For those of you who have a secret stash of pizza delivery menus or a pile of frozen pies in the fridge, this is your intervention.
Pizza making is an art that has been perfected by chefs from Italy and around the world through years of experimenting, rolling and tossing and luckily, this city serves up some pretty exceptional slices. No matter if you’re after a deep-dish or crispy thin crust or more exotic toppings, you won’t be disappointed.
For days when nothing but a pizza will do, here’s our list of the best places to get a slice in Hong Kong:
For a hearty, moreish, hands-on pizza experience, you don’t get any better than Motorino. With two branches, one in Soho and the other in Wan Chai, Motorino is one of the most popular pizzeria chains in New York and serves fresh, made-to-order Neopolitan-style pizzas. Each slice features their signature crispy and puffy outer edge. Our favourites include their legendary brussels sprouts pizza with fior di latte, garlic, pecorino, smoked pancetta and olive oil (HK$158) and the fiery soppressata piccante pizza with tomato sauce, fior di latte, spicy soppressata, fresh chillies, garlic, oregano, pecorino and olive oil (HK158).
All pizzas can be customised according to whatever you fancy, which also makes the spot extremely vegetarian friendly. Some veggie options off the menu include a spinach and scamorza offering and a delicious quattro formaggi (gorgonzola, provolone piccante, fior di latte, pecorino, parsley and chilli olive oil). They even deliver to Hong Kong Island — can it get any better?
Motorino, 14 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2801 6881 and 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, +852 2520 0690, www.motorinopizza.com/hong_kong
Now that 3/3rds has opened in Central, we no longer need to wait until we happen to be in the Wong Chuk Hang neighbourhood to get our fix of fresh salads, soups, cheese toasties and ultra-thin pizzas. Beautiful to look at and a treat to eat, the dishes at 3/3rds are all fresh and light and will remind you of summer. The crust of each pizza is only 1 milimetres thin and is topped with a wide variety of tasty options.
We love the chorizo with smashed tomatoes pizza with tomato passata, fresh red onion, buffalo mozzarella, mascarpone, rosemary oil and basil oil (HK$150), the spicy salami with chili flakes, tomato passata, fried capers, mascarpone, mozzarella and roasted red onions (HK$150) and their signature three cheeses pizza topped with gorgonzola, mascarpone, parmesan, parma ham and honey (HK$150).
3/3rds, Shop 1, Manning House, 38-48 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2562 8805, www.three-3rds.com
A word of caution: the deep-pan pizzas at Posto Pubblico are immense — so save this one only for when you’re truly looking to treat yourself to something special. Our favourite New York-Italian joint in Soho, Posto Pubblico, serves up hangover-worthy pizzas which are pan-fried, charred and served in an iron skillet. For meat lovers, we definitely recommend the Bronx Bomber pie topped with crumbled sausage, pepperoni and oregano (HK$148). Other highlights include the Brooklyn Special made with breaded eggplant, roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella (HK$128) and the mushroom, pecorino and truffle Funghi Tartufo (HK$128).
Posto Pubblico, G/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2577 7160, www.postopubblico.com
208 Duecento Otto
208 Duecento Otto has recently launched an entire new pizza, cichetti (read: Italian bar food) and cocktail menu with their new executive chef Mick Bolam and group beverage manager James Barker. The Napoletana pizzas are served fresh from the oven and follow Bolam’s recipes follow the exact specifications made by The Associate Verace Pizza Napoletana such as using only buffalo mozzarella from Campana, Italy and a custom-designed pizza oven shipped in from Naples.
Using only the freshest ingredients, the pizzas are great for sharing. We love the Quattro Formaggi (HK$198) made with mozzarella, gorgonzola, parmigiana and scamorza as well as the Tuscan pizza (HK$198) topped with mozzarella, goat cheese, semi-dried tomato, crispy bacon and garlic.
208 Ducento Otto, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2549 0208, www.208.com.hk
Stone Nullah Tavern
Stone Nullah Tavern is one of the only places where you can get elevated American food. The entire menu follows a farm-to-table philosophy and their wood-grilled pizzas feature classic all-American toppings that’ll have you licking your fingers clean. Signatures include the BBQ chicken (HK$138) with jalapeno, cheddar, crispy onion and cilantro, a roasted pork belly and caramelised pineapple pizza (HK$148) with spicy tomato and smoked scamorza and the classic margherita (HK$118).
Stone Nullah Tavern, G/F, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3182 0128, www.stonenullahtavern.com
Linguini Fini’ enormous New York-style pies are served just the way they should be — on an old-school style pizza stand to make it easier as you reach over to devour all 18 inches piece by piece. There’s everything from cheese, pepperoni and homemade sausage to The Bronx (HK$308) filled to the brim with fresh mozzarella, porchetta, pepperoni and meatball.
Linguini Fini, 49 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2397 6338, www.linguinifini.com
Headed by chef Fabrizio Napolitano, NOM serves up casual, contemporary Italian food and delicious handcrafted pizzas. The pizzas are made with dough created with flour selected by Molino Mariani and features fresh toppings and Italian tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella from the Campania region.
Highlights include the NOM pizza (HK$178) made with tomato sauce, pecorino cheese, beef meatballs and buffalo mozzarella, the organic 36-month parma ham (HK$198) offering served with buffalo mozzarella, tomato sauce and rocket as well as the mushroom and black truffle pizza (HK$218) topped with taleggio cheese and buffalo mozzarella.
NOM, 1-5 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2540 7088, www.nom.com.hk