We all love a good pizza — from the crispy crust giving way to steaming pockets of dough, to the tangy layer of vibrant crushed tomatoes, and a limitless assortment of toppings, from spicy soppressata to earthy wild mushrooms and delicious pools of melted mozzarella.
Of course, diving into a freshly cooked pie (especially when your ‘one slice’ ends up being about four or five) often comes with a side order of guilt, with little nutritional value to ease the calorie blow. Well, next month, we have the perfect excuse you need to justify a pizza run around town: To coincide with National Pizza Day (week) from 9–16 February, 19 restaurants in Hong Kong and Macau are presenting special off-menu pies, with 10–20% of proceeds going towards the “Cook for Syria” campaign in support of the Syrian Children Fund. While National Pizza Day officially falls on 9 February, the extended week-long celebrations will give you ample time to put your pizza dollars where it counts.
Here’s where to tuck in to some of these sumptuous limited edition pies around town:
Jinjuu’s Korean Pajeon Pizza (HK$140) shows off chef Judy Joo‘s signature modern fusion touch with a mix of bacon, kimchi, cheddar and feta cheese, Asian tomato salsa and a mixed leaf salad scattered over a Korean-style pancake. A squirt of fiery chilli mayo tops off the decadent pie.
Jinjuu, UG, California Tower, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3755 4868
A puffy crust, zingy tomato sauce, juicy artichokes and mushrooms — what’s not to love about Ciao Chow’s Capricciosa creation (HK$172)? Stop by this ground-floor LKF eatery for a taste of pizza heaven accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine.
Ciao Chow, G/F, California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2344 0005
Over at Jamie’s Italian, premium toppings are given a simple drizzle of olive oil to let the fresh ingredients shine. Dig into the Ham & Cheese (HK$188) this National Pizza Day, with pink folds of San Daniele prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella, bright green basil, rocket and slow-roasted tomatoes are piled on top of a rustic Neapolitan-style base.
Jamie’s Italian, 2/F, Soundwill Plaza II, Midtown, Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 3958 2222
Piccolo Pizzeria & Bar
Two of our favourite comfort foods collide in this flavour-packed pizza mash-up from Piccolo. The spicy flavour of the curried beef brisket and tendon is tempered with a blanket of melted mozzarella and red onion rings. Washed down with a cold beer, the Ga Lei Beef Brisket Pizza (HK$170) will jolt your senses wide awake.
Piccolo Pizzeria & Bar, Shop 1E, Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, +852 2824 3000
How do you give pizza a fancy upgrade? Chuck a whole lobster on top and call it a day. Mistral’s seafood pizza (HK$488) is ideal for those who are watching their waistline — a lighter take on the comfort food fave with a whole Boston lobster scattered on a thin crust with juicy cherry tomatoes and roasted bell peppers.
Mistral, Basement 2, InterContinental Grand Stanford, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 2731 2870
With National Pizza Week falling on Valentine’s Day, The Point is ready to woo all lovebirds in the house with their decadent Pizza In Love (HK$108), a dessert pie loaded with fresh strawberries, ricotta cream cheese and a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with strawberry sauce.
The Point, G/F, 52 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2947 3866
Other participating restaurants include:
208 Duecento Otto
Pizza “pollo arrosto e pancetta” with roast chicken, balsamic onions, pancetta and mozzarella (HK$198)
Lahn Bi Ajin with halal minced lamb, goats cheese yogurt, toasted pine nuts, mint, parsley, red onion (HK$175)
Arlecchino with mozzarella, ‘nduja, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, red pepper, stracciatella, pine nuts and pesto (HK$250)
Casa Don Alfonso (Macau)
Pizza TBC – Read our recent review here
CIAK In the Kitchen
Spicy Meat Lovers Pizza with Italian fennel sausage, salami, bresaola, mortadella and pickled peppers (HK$138)
Gia Trattoria Italiana
Costiera Pizza with Amalfi lemon, buffalo mozzarella, anchovy, caper and fresh basil (HK$178)
Spanish Iberico Pork Pizza with manchego cheese and piquillo peppers (HK$180)
Mercato by Jean Georges
House-made Meatball, Ricotta & Parmigiana Pizza (HK$228)
Mother of Pizzas
Mother of Pizzas (HK$298)
Pazzeria Italian Brewery
Parma ham and black sliced truffle pizza (HK$140)
The Coffee Academics
Coffee-infused truffle honey salami pizza (HK$148)