If you’ve just arrived in Hong Kong, you need to visit out guide to Cantonese cuisine and eat some tasty siu mei BBQ or freshly caught seafood. Cantonese food is fantastic and cheap. If, however, it’s day seven and another pile of rice is likely to reduce you to tears Hong Kong has some fantastic places for a slice.
Here’s our pick of the best pizza in Hong Kong in no particular order.
Claimed by many as the spiritual home of NYC style slices in Hong Kong, Paisano's was set up in the Big Apple in 1982 and made the jump to Hong Kong in 2009. Frankly it’s hard to argue with the taste of authenticity. Still a family run affair with owner with Al Morales calling the shots in the kitchen, the pizzas are straight out of the New York playbook with generous crusts, thin centres and just the right amount of grease. As well as pizzas they do a fantastic line in sub sandwiches that would embarrass Subway and even offer strombolis – a rare find in Hong Kong. 14 inch Margherita pizza HK$110
Address: 23 Hollywood Road, Central (other locations around town)
2. Duecento Otto 208
A little slice of Naples in the heart of Hong Kong; this sleek Italian boasts not only a custom built brick oven but ingredients such as parma ham and buffalo mozzarella jetted in from Italy. The pizzas are absolutely faultless and the layer of passata topped with ovals of melted mozzarella offer the balance Italian Pizza is celebrated for. The trattoria flavour to the food is not translated to the setting with crisp white tablecloths and broody brown wooden walls attracting the suited and booted crowd. Margherita HK$158.
Address: 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
3. Pizzeria Pubblico
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Gaining somewhat of a cult following amongst local pizza lovers, Pizzeria Pubblico was brought to Hong Kong by New York natives Todd and Rob who learnt their craft sweating under the pizza ovens of Brooklyn and Queens. Their sharp but simple; checkerboard and chalkboard interior at Pizzeria Pubblico pays homage to these same neighbourhood pizza joints as do the excellent pizzas. More expensive than some competitors the price is reflected in the quality of the slice, which is substantial – as NY pizza should be – yet delicate rather than doughy. Slices from HK$30
Address: Tsun Wing Lane, Soho
You’ll need to be seriously in need of a slice to make the trip out to Quarry Bay but the reward of superb thin crust pizzas topped with first class ingredients and perfectly crusted under a wood fire makes it worth the leg work. Inside, the plastic chairs and tables are either cheap and cheerful or just cheap – depending on what you expect from a restaurant although complaints about service, especially orders going awol in the kitchen are too frequent to ignore. Be patient for excellent pizza. 12 inch Margherita HK$108
Address: 30-32 Tsat Tsz Mui Road, North Point
Pepperoni's is not the best pizza in Hong Kong, it’s not even the best pizza in Central but it is the nearest thing you’ll get to an American style, family friendly chain. The prices are affordable; the restaurant is a blast of color and the service quick. The pizzas won’t beat Dominos and certainly won’t have Papa John worried – in fact they are distinctly average – but if you’ve got kids in tow the actual restaurant may appeal. Also on the menu are a selection of below par pastas and burgers which should be avoided. For a more upmarket experience Hong Kong also has Pizza Express. 10 inch Margherita HK$120
Address: 34 Wyndham Street, Central