The quest for the best pizza in Central

pizza-stockUntil recently, finding authentic pizza in Hong Kong was quite a herculean task. Sure, chain restaurants like Pizza Express and Pizza Hut have been around for ages in the city, but if you wanted to get something akin to a New York slice or a Napolitano pie, there was not much of a choice. All that was on offer were half-baked, soggy, greasy and doughy pies at some restaurants masquerading as Italian trattorias.

However, pizza offerings in the city have undergone a seismic change, and they have dramatically improved in the last couple of years, thanks to the arrival of innovative restaurateurs on Hong Kong’s pizza scene. Most of these new pizza-serving restaurants have debuted in the most international of all of Hong Kong’s districts, the hub of the city’s business, finance and commerce, the Central district. 

Though with Hong Kongers developing a taste for a slice for authentic pizza, some of these restaurants have even begun to spread the goodness afar by way of setting up shop in other parts of the city.


Isola – Italian goodness at the top of IFC

isola-bar-grillThis stylish Italian restaurant and bar is located atop Hong Kong’s lofty IFC mall. Expansive Isola whose name translates as ‘island’ in Italian, features a grand open-air terrace. The restaurant, in fact, affords jaw-dropping views of the Victoria Harbor and beyond from almost every corner.

Isola’s extensive menu offers a range of authentic, tasty Italian preparations including hearty, freshly made pastas, thin crust pizzas, myriad antipasti and much more. The restaurant’s mouth-watering preparations are crafted in the restaurant’s open show kitchen; a facility outfitted with a state-of-the art stone hearth oven, ideal for perfectly cooking Isola’s many delicious pizza offerings. 

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Paisano’s –home of the grand New York Slice

723789 (1)Live life king size’ seems to the motto at Paisano’s, home of the New York slice in Hong Kong. 

Paisano’s is a family owned and operated enterprise, which has been serving pizza to New Yorkers for over two decades. The group launched its first outlet in the New Territories suburb of Sai Kung in 2009. Paisano’s hand-tossed giant slices were a runaway hit and the chain soon opened a second outlet at Lyndhurst terrace, Central. At this outlet, Paisano’s offers up its giant pizza slices along with whole pies in various permutations and combinations including a gargantuan 24” pie hitherto never seen 

before in Hong Kong. In addition to pizzas, Paisano’s also serves up hefty New-York style sub sandwiches, rich pastas and substantial salads.


Motorino-delicious hipster bites

motorino-hong-kongHailed as New York City’s ‘best pizza’ by several respected food critics, Motorino brings the perfectly charred Neapolitan pie to Hong Kong by way of hipster havens of Williamsburg and the East Village. Motorino Hong Kong offers the very same menu offered at its New York outlets.

The restaurant delights Hong Kongers with chef  Mathieu Palombino’s various delicious Neapolitan-style pies like the Magherita featuring fresh buffalo mozzarella and pecorino cheese and the Sopressata Picante topped with spicy Italian sausage. Motorino made its Hong Kong debut at Shelley Street in Soho though the restaurant has recently opened a second outpost in Wan Chai as well.


Do you love good pizza and relish the thought of a great pie or slice being within easy reach? Then perhaps a residence within Soho or Central may be ideal for you.

We, at Engel and Voelkers, have our flagship outlet within the Midlevels in proximity of Soho and Central; hence we know the area exceedingly well. Moreover, our constantly changing portfolio of luxury rentals and sales aims to cater to every taste and budget. So no matter what your preferences and requirements, do give us a call or drop by our office to meet with our team of professional and experienced agents at your soonest. 

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