Slice of the times: Where to get the best pizza in Hong Kong
19 Sep 2019
Real talk, who doesn’t love pizza? (We don’t believe anyone that says they don’t.) There’s no denying that Hong Kong’s pizza scene has come a long way in a short amount of time - now more than ever, there’s a plethora of grate (see what we did there) places to get your fix. From Neapolitan to New York-style, classic margheritas to meatloaf and mushy peas, here’s where to find the best pizza in Hong Kong.
There’s no need to look far and wide for the world’s best pizza. Right in the heart of Central you’ll find the award-winning Kytaly (its first overseas location outside Italy), the brainchild of Franco Pepe aka the ‘master of Neapolitan pizza’. With premium ingredients imported directly from Italy, expect nothing but quality pizzas with flavours that pack a punch. Have a go at Kytaly’s classic margherita DOP ($178) with tomatoes, mozzarella and olive oil, or their schiacciata fresca (basically something in between a calzone and a sandwich) with tomatoes, mozzarella and parma ham ($280 for 3 pieces) for something a little different. Make a night of it with a selection from Kytaly’s well-crafted cocktail list available to enjoy at happy hour or for a nightcap and best enjoyed on their spacious green terrace overlooking Tai Kwun.
Kytaly, 5/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, +852 2808 1961; www.kytaly.hk/
Calling all cheese lovers! Family-friendly Fini’s just upped the ante on their already impressive mac and cheese game, with chef Vinny Lauria having the genius idea to double down on the comfort food factor by combining the restaurant’s well-loved mac and cheese with pizza. Available until the end of October, their 18-inch lobster mac and cheese pizza ($388) features three different types of cheese - fresh mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar - and is topped off with a generous portion of fresh Boston lobster. Other pies we love from Fini’s New York-inspired selection include the Bronx ($319), featuring mozzarella, porchetta, pepperoni and meatballs, and the meat-free Brooklyn Special ($289), topped with mozzarella, fried eggplant, roasted garlic and peppers.
Fini’s, G/F, 49 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, +852 2387 6338; www.linguinifini.com/
Mother of Pizzas
All hail the queen! Plying his trade in Vancouver’s Little Italy before setting up shop in Causeway Bay, chef Ricky Yuen serves up some of the best Neapolitan-meets-New-York-style pizzas in town. And with its bold and striking name, best believe Mother of Pizzas is not playing around when it comes to everyone’s guilty pleasure. Try out one of their signature dishes, the Canadian ($188), topped with mozzarella, tomato, pepperoni and portobello. For a bit of a kick, go for the Holland Spicy ($198) loaded with mozzarella, tomato, grilled chicken, red onions, jalapenos and what they call ‘supreme LIT spices’.
Mother of Pizzas, G/F, 13-19 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, +852 2891 2221; www.motherofpizzas.com/
A long-time go-to, Motorino, from the Black Sheep Restaurants stable, serves simple and straightforward ‘za made with high-quality ingredients flown in from Naples. The menu offers all-time favourites and innovative pies: go classic with their prosciutto di parma ($198) with fior di latte, fresh oregano, pecorino and extra virgin olive oil, or if you’re feeling adventurous, get in on their brussels sprout pie ($168) loaded with smoked pancetta and garlic.
Motorino, G/F, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, +852 2520 0690; www.motorinohongkong.com
Game on! Kwun Tong sports bar The Stadium is the place to go to watch your favourite team, have a round or three of darts, pool or foosball, and dig into all your favourite sports bar food. Go for their barbeque chicken pizza ($168) with onions, mozzarella and homemade barbeque sauce or the Stadium Hawaiian ($158), if you’re on team pineapple, loaded with smoked ham, pineapple, mozzarella and topped with thousand island dressing. For something other than pizza, there’s also a selection of other sports bar classics on offer - don’t expect anything too healthy, though.
The Stadium, 4/F, The Wave, 4 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, +852 9311 9939; www.instagram.com/thestadiumhk
Angry Oppa Restaurant & Bar
For a taste of authentic Korean flavours with a western twist, Angry Oppa in Tsim Sha Tsui is where it’s at. Although they’re famous for their Korean pancakes, Angry Oppa also serves cheesy and creamy Chicago-style deep dish pizza topped with intriguing ingredients like kimchi, doenjang pork belly and even Korean rice cake. Seafood lovers will dive right into Angry Oppa’s spicy shrimp pizza ($98), topped with shrimp and lots of cheese while the danjang pork belly pizza ($108) is loaded with pork belly slices and cheese.
Angry Oppa Restaurant & Bar, G/F, 73 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2884 3266; www.instagram.com/angryoppainhk
You can always count on Alvy’s for some elevated ‘east-meets-west’ pizza and beer. Kennedy Town’s neighbourhood craft bar offers a wide selection of New York and Hong Kong beers, which are the perfect complement to their scrumptious sourdough pizzas. For a slice of #HomeKong, try out their famous bak gwei ($138) with char siu, bechamel sauce and mozzarella. Classic pizzas like their four-cheese ($148) featuring mozzarella, fontina, piedmont blue and pecorino and the pepperoni ($148) are just as heavenly. And if that’s not enough to entice you, Alvy’s also carries the largest collection of American whiskeys in the city.
Alvy’s, G/F, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, +852 2312 2996; www.instagram.com/alvyshk/
Traditional pizzas meet contemporary flavours at Repulse Bay’s Amalfitana. Led by chef Michel Degli Agosti, who has worked as a pizzaiolo in Italy and London, this beachside retreat features a more classic selection of pies like a perfect margherita ($140), pepperoni ($170), and a delicious twist on the capricciosa ($180), topped with ham, mushroom, artichokes and anchovies. For something extra indulgent, try their signature carbonara pizza ($180) with pecorino, pork cheek, mozzarella, parmesan and egg.
Amalfitana, Shop 105, G/F, The Pulse, 26-30 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, +852 2388 7787; www.amalfitana.hk
Mad for Garlic
No vampires allowed! Korean pizzeria Mad for Garlic may not be befitting for creatures of the night but there’s no stopping the Hong Kong crowd from this garlic phenomenon. As the name suggests, expect to eat lots of garlic from mains down to dessert (so make sure to pack a mint or five just to be on the safe side). Take a bite of their signature creation, the Garlic Snowing Pizza ($138) with shrimp, diced pineapples, sweet garlic cloves and fried garlic. For something even more out-of-the-box, have a go at their Mad Mexi Nacho Pizza ($158) with seasoned beef, jalapeno nacho chips and finished with homemade salsa.
Mad for Garlic, Shop L1-34, 1/F, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, +852 3105 9639; www.instagram.com/madforgarlichk/
Longstanding Soho favourite Posto Pubblico might be deeply rooted in New York-Italian tradition, but the ever-popular osteria isn’t afraid to put a spin on the classics. Their pizza is the perfect example of this: instead of the traditional oven-baked pies, Posto keeps things interesting by pan-frying their pizza on an iron skillet. This results in a golden-brown exterior that’s crispy and oh-so-delicious. Go for the Bronx Bomber ($179) with pepperoni and sausage (which is basically a fried meatlovers), or their vegetarian option, the Brooklyn Special ($169) with fried eggplant, arugula and aged balsamico.
Posto Pubblico, G/F, 28 Elgin Street, Central, +852 2577 7160; www.postopubblico.com
When it comes to unique pizza flavour combinations, Homeslice does it best. Sai Ying Pun’s Instagrammable pizzeria offers 12 inches of Neapolitan goodness and even vegan and gluten-free options, so it’s no surprise that people keep coming back for more. Tuck into intriguing varieties like the meatloaf pizza ($165) with meatloaf, mushy peas and scamorza or their vegetarian gorgonzola ($165) with walnut, pear and honey.
Homeslice, G/F, 321 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun, +852 3619 4026; www.homeslice.com.hk/
All images courtesy of WOM Guide and respective restaurants.