Where to get your pizza fix
Almost every kid we know loves a good pizza. And we’ve never met a parent out there who doesn’t love it, too. Luckily Hong Kong has some of the best and most diverse culinary offerings, but it can sometimes be difficult to find a solid pizza joint, or a place that serves the pie just the way you (and your brood) like it. So, after some digging (and lots of eating), we’ve rounded up our favourite slices of melt-in-your-mouth pizza deliciousness available in the city to satisfy the whole fam!
Sassy Mama’s Senior Editor says her kids beg her to take them here at least a couple of times a month because they love the pizza so much. Linguini Fini combines the heartiness of American food and the freshness and style from Italian cuisine, making it our go-to for Italian fare. But its massive pies are what the kids love most – its NY-style pizzas are simply to die for. You can’t go wrong with its Homemade Sausage pizza featuring rich Italian sausage, gooey mozzarella, tomato sauce and oregano. If you are not in the mood for meat, go for the Brooklyn Special with fresh mozzarella, fried eggplant, basil, roasted garlic and peppers, yum! We haven’t even gotten to the best part – kids under 10 eat for free on weekdays from 4pm to 7pm, and the special kids menu features another pizza, created especially to satisfy every little one: Cheese Pizza by Slice served with a piece of “play dough” for extra fun!
Linguini Fini, 49 Elgin St, Central, Hong Kong, 2387 6338, www.linguinifini.com
We’re big fans of Chef Anthony Burd because he makes all the dishes at Mercato with the finest, freshest ingredients. The wood-fired oven pizzas are made with seasonal produce to reflect the market-buying culture of authentic Italian restaurants. Chewy, crispy and slightly charred, the crust acts as a strong foundation for some of the finest toppings around. From various gourmet meats, to farm eggs and vegetables sourced sustainably from farm to fork, we love the sophisticated take on classics, such as the Wild Mushrooms, Three Cheese and Farm Egg pizza, or the meat-lovers’ Sausage, Spicy Salami, Prosciutto and Meatball with Mozzarella pizza. Kids can watch the pizzas being made while you sit back and sip a glass of red.
Mercato by Jean-Georges, 8/F,California Tower, 32 D’ Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3706 8567, www.mercato-international.com
Swap the big city hustle for the chilled-out scenes of Repulse Bay at Amalfitana, and add some fresh air and sunshine to your pizza party. It’s a great option especially for kids who hate waiting for their food: let them just play on the beach while the pizza is being made.
The phenomenal thin-crust pizzas here have the stamp of approval from a few people who really know their pizza: Italians. The perfectly crisp base, freshly made sauce and supreme quality toppings make this seaside spot an absolute must for pizza lovers in the 852. Drawing inspiration from the Italian coastline and headed by Italian-born Chef Michel Degli Agosti, Amalfitana is steeped in traditional methods and ingredients but has developed its menu to tantalise the modern palette. There are even Bambino Pizzas (ranging from $70 to $85) just for kids. With about 20 pizzas on offer, including ever-changing specials, there really is something for everyone, even the pickiest tiny tots. We love its signature Amalfitana (Mozzarella, Buffalo Mozzarella, Cherry Tomatoes, Porcini Mushroom, Parma Ham and Rocket) and the Napoli (Mozzarella, Anchovies, Capers, Black Olives, Oregano). The restaurant also serves a Calzone and a pizza inspired by Carbonara (served with Mozzarella, Pork Cheek, Pecorino, Parmesan and Egg).
Amalfitana, Shop 105, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2388 7877, www.amalfitana.hk
There’s something so charmingly Italian about Motorino. Whether you’re watching the world go by on the SoHo escalators, or tucked away in the coolest part of Wan Chai, there is a warmth and a cosiness to this establishment that feels truly authentic. The service is always spot on as well. We love the Bresaola with Arugula, Fior Di Latte, Pecorino and Extra Virgin Olive for something a little bit more substantial and savoury (the saltiness from the cured meat adds to this). If you’re a cheese lover, there can be no wrong done when ordering the Quattro Formaggi (Gorgonzola, Provolone, Fior Di Latte, Pecorino, Parsley and Chili Oil), or if you want to get your greens in with your cheese, opt for the oh-so-damn-delicious Spinach & Scamorza. But save room for dessert because once the kids eye that Nutella Calzone, they’ll be begging you to order one (trust us, it’s de-lish!). Motorino is fab for mama’s night out, a great option for date night and is perfect for families. With a sauce that must have been passed down through generations (it’s that good!), a crust that knows what it wants, and a vast selection of toppings to choose from, Motorino is no doubt a top pick.
Motorino, 14 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2801 6881
Motorino, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2520 0690, www.motorinopizza.com
Opened in late 2017 by Chef Karen, the same remarkable woman who owns Taco Chaca, Andrea’s specialises in bagel crusts and a whole lot of friendly neighbourhood attitude. The pizzas are super tasty and packed with awesome ingredients, freshly prepared to order and made with love (“If I’m going to cook it, I’m going to eat it,” says Chef Karen). The bagel crust plays a starring role and holds its own amongst some pretty big contenders (such as Thai Green Curry Chicken or Black Truffle Salsa), with tons of savoury flavour and the best union of doughy and crunch. Picky kiddos can build their pizzas themselves, choosing any ingredient they like! Top picks have got to be the excellent rendition of the Margherita with Buffalo Mozzarella, Holland Sweet Cluster Tomatoes and Basil and the Urban Hangover Cure, featuring Pepperoni, Diced Chicken, Sausage Meat, Caramelized Onion, Roasted Pepper, Cremini Mushroom and Sriracha Mayo (yep, she gets it). Come for the bagel crust pizza, stay for the vibe!
Andrea’s Bagel Crust Pizza, 117 First Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2244 3326, www.facebook.com/Andreas-Bagel-Crust-Pizza
Alvy’s is a classic American-esque pizza place with a twist – everything is fresh and of great quality and packed with rich flavours. It’s dimly lit, but is still family friendly (maybe because of all the tiny toy dinosaurs lining the walls). Alvy’s has a great selection of starters on the menu, and the pizza options range from the tried-and-tested, to one that we’re actually dying to try: the Fort Greene (named after a hip area in Brooklyn), with Basil Pesto, Shaved Asparagus, Sautéed Mushrooms and Bocconcini. Yes, an all-green pizza is very much up our alley. Be sure to check up on the specials as well.
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, 2312 2996, www.facebook.com/AlvysHK
This is the ideal spot for when you’ve got weekday sports, lessons or whatever and only 30 minutes to feed the fam. Paisano’s has the biggest slice of pizza you’ve ever seen, with all the cheese and, maybe, some pepperoni (but mostly cheese) and the smell is just so damn good. It’s also a favourite among tweens and teens when they want a friends-only hangout, so you know it’s a win-win. From Bacon Cheeseburger to the classic Pepperoni, Paisano’s is the place you go to when you just need a huge slice of cheesy goodness. Or a giant 24” monster pizza.
Paisano’s Sai Kung, G/F, Shop 27, Chan Man Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 2791 4445
Paisano’s Discovery Bay, Shop G28, G/F., 96 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, 2673 4445
Paisano’s Wan Chai, 5 O’Brien Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2573 4554
Paisano’s Tsim Shai Tsui, 8 Granville Road, TST, Hong Kong, 2414 4445
Paisano’s Soho, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2544 4445
Paisano’s Stanley, 25 Stanley Market Road, Stanley, Hong Kong, 2524 4445, www.paisanos.com.hk
Eating out can be an expensive venture, so you know we love a good deal. Café Deco Pizzeria has a special from Monday to Wednesday where it’s basically buy one, get one free on its amazing pizzas (the cheapest of the two being free) after 6pm. There are also multiple promotions for certain credit card holders (American Express Premium, Hang Seng etc.). There’s a really cool vibe here with the open pizza kitchen, and the deal is tailor made for families, big groups and making new friends.
Sharing is caring and this is a rad spot to get a little festive during the week, catch up with family and indulge in some fantastic food that won’t break the bank. Café Deco works on an idea of “flavours beyond the traditions,” so be prepared for wonderfully interesting flavour combinations and topping choices. From Confit Duck and Foie Gras or Japanese Miso Cod to Char Siu or Korean Bulgogi Beef, there’s no denying the Asian inspiration here. For something a little different, try the Apple Smoked Salmon (Dill Yoghurt Base, Mozzarella, Capers, Peppers, Pickle and Green Apple), or the M6 Wagyu Beef and Prawn (Mozzarella, Asparagus, Roasted Capsicum, Spring Onion and Roasted Garlic Aioli). The menu is extensive and covers all avenues, with veg options and something for the more daring.
Café Deco Pizzeria ELEMENTS, Shop 1005-06, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2196 8099, www.cafedecogroup.com
Jacomax might not be the first place that comes to mind when you’re thinking of classic Italian spots in HK, but there is something to be said for the way the chefs here make the most delectable piece: the Gorgonzola and Apple White Pizza. If, like us, you’re a fan of unexpected flavours or trying new things then this pizza is a must! The combination of bold, strong gorgonzola is perfectly paired with the sweetness of the thinly sliced apples on white sauce, with a crunchy base. It’s a little surprise in every bite and it is worth every dollar.But we know kids, and many are not fond of bold flavours (blue cheese? Ours would rather eat leather), so thankfully Jacomax has a few safe bets: Buffalina for those who like to keep things simple, and Crudo with Mozzarella, Tomato, Rocket, Parma ham and Grana Padana for some classic Italian flavours. The pizzas here are very well-sized, and they all look and smell delish.
Jacomax Sheung Wan, Shop C, 88 Commercial Building, 28-34 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2851 4688
Jacomax Wan Chai, Shop A, G/F, Sun Hey Mansion, 68-76 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2520 3333
Jacomax Quarry Bay, Shop 3, 2D Finnie Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, 2167 8585, www.jacomax.net
This article was originally published on Sassy Hong Kong on 20 February 2018 by Nina Brooklyn Brown and has been updated. Thanks to Sonia Levina for her help in updating.
Featured image via Pexels; image 1 courtesy of Katherine Amara PR; image 2 courtesy of Mercato via Facebook; image 3 courtesy of Amalfitana via Facebook; image 4 courtesy Motorino via Facebook; image #5 courtesy Andrea’s via Facebook; image #6 courtesy Alvy’s via Facebook; image #7 courtesy Paisano’s via Facebook; image #8 courtesy Cafe Deco Pizzeria via Facebook; image #8 courtesy Pizzeria Jacomax via Facebook.