What do you do after chasing excellence at work or after watching a new film at the movie theatre? You reward yourself with a pizza, of course. Pizza shops are widely popular in Hong Kong so Hongkongers have high expectations, with pies generally eaten right out of the oven with molten cheese and charred edges.
Thin crust or thick, Hong Kong’s top varieties of Italy’s celebrated gift-to-the-world goes above and beyond on impeccable quality and creativity. If you’re looking for an amazing pizzeria to share good memories with your friends, we’ve got you covered! Read through our top picks for the best pizza in Hong Kong.
Gustaci Pizzalounge — Central
Gustaci Pizzalounge serves freshly made Neopolitan pizza from its stylish home on the ground floor of PMQ. There’s no flash proofing here; they only do natural leavening in line with what the Romans do, where leavening occurs for a minimum of 24 hours and up to three days. This is done to develop the beautiful, complex flavours and perfectly crackling crust, but also to make the dough easier for the body to process. They are also something of a drinks expert so you have to pick something from their menu of Italian wines to pair with your pie. The pizza lounge also holds events throughout the year, when patrons can dance away with complimentary glasses of prosecco, so keep an eye on their socials!
Block B, HG01-05, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central | +852 2981 1418
Mama Mia! Pizzeria — Kowloon City
One of our favourite pizzerias on Kowloon side is takeaway pizza spot, Mama Mia! Pizzeria. Located in Kowloon City, they offer cost-effective, Hong Kong-style pizzas inspired by the Italian tradition. They use fresh, honest ingredients and don’t hold any punches with their fusion flavours, with items such as the coriander pizza with the coriander pesto. You can even get a half and half pizza to create harmony if your group can’t agree on just one flavour. For your first visit, we recommend getting the signature Mama Mia Pizza (HK$138) with pepperoni, salami, ham, and garlic pesto.
44A Lion Rock Rd, Kowloon City | +852 2558 8335
Fiata Pizza — Central
Earning the No.8 spot on the 2022 list of Top 50 Pizzas in Asia-Pacific, Fiata has a proven track record of making excellent Neopolitan pizzas. It is named for the restaurant’s pizzaolo, Salvatore Fiata, who comes from a family of pizzaolos in southern Italy. The airy crust with the quintessential leopard spotting gives way to a moist centre topped with simple, yet excellent quality ingredients. This comes as no surprise, given that Fiata exclusively uses D.O.P label ingredients from Italy. The Capricciosa (HK$175) with San Marzano tomatoes, roasted artichoke, and smoked pancetta is a must-try.
2 Staunton St, Central | +852 6032 6626
Ristorante Pizzeria Da Vincenzo — Tai Kok Tsui
Another great pizzeria in a location you may not expect it, Da Vincenzo is a quaint Italian restaurant just a short walk from Olympic MTR station. With just around 20 seats at closely packed tables, this is a no-frills spot offering scrumptious pasta and thin crust pizza. Don’t let the small space fool you – the food and wine menu are extensive. If you walk in starving, or if just to get an shocking picture, you have to try the massive XXL pizza that’s longer than two forearms across.
10 Pok Man St, Tai Kok Tsui | +852 2949 9230
Dough Bros — Multiple locations
Dough Bros is scrumptious proof of Hong Kong’s love for sourdough. Located in as many as six locations, Dough Bros offers you fantastic service and a delightful combination of pizza and doughnuts, all of it in an ambience curated with heart. One of their most popular pizzas is “The Classic” (HK$118), which comes with a crispy crust and a chewy sourdough base that is topped with basil, mozzarella, and tomato. A simple pizza with a tasty promise, especially when dipped in Dough Bro’s famous garlic and herb dip. Your meal is, of course, incomplete without satiating your sweet tooth with their freshly filled Nutella doughnut (HK$38).
Multiple locations in Hong Kong
The Pizza Project — Central, Wan Chai
The Pizza Project is called the “dough acrobat” by many of its regulars because of its hand-tossed pizzas, fantastic value for many, and hip atmosphere. Your thin-crust pizza is cooked to perfection with a healthy amount of toppings and a delicious tomato sauce base. Called the best pizza in Hong Kong by many, the Pizza Project offers 14 fluffy, delicious pizzas. Yet it is the “Carbonara” (HK$160) with pancetta, fior di latte, quail eggs, and tomato sauce that wins the hearts every time. Moreover, starters such as cold cuts and mozzarella fritters prepare you appetisingly for your main course in an ambience that gives special consideration to furniture spacing.
Central: G/F, 26 Peel St | +852 6215 2808
Wan Chai: G/F, 5 Star St | +852 2577 7227
Paisano’s Pizzeria — Multiple locations
Probably the largest pizzas you can find in Hong Kong, whether it’s a quick bite at lunch or a desperate 3am slice before bed, Paisano’s serves up fantastic New York-style pizza. With six locations around Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai, and Sai Kung, to name a few), you’re likely much closer to getting your fingers around one of their giant pizza slices than you think. Paisano’s has been in Hong Kong since 2009 and was one of the first restaurants to bring pizza by the slice to the city. Love it or hate it, there’s just something about a slice of Paisano’s pizza that’s hard to beat.
Multiple locations in Hong Kong
Motorino — SoHo, Wan Chai
Motorino originates from Brooklyn, New York and is helmed by French chef Mathieu Palombino. The décor is elegant, and a fine consideration is given to fixture spacing. Their pizzas are charred and crispy on the outside and super fluffy on the inside. In fact, Motorino’s entire menu is a luxurious delight. Yet their “Soppressata Piccante” (HK$208) with spicy salami and freshly cut chilli and garlic is tremendously deluxe. For lovers, a heart-shaped pizza is available on Monday nights.
Central: 14 Shelley St | +852 2801 6881
Wan Chai: 15 Ship St | +852 2520 0690
Pizzeria Jacomax — Sheung Wan
Pizzeria Jacomax is one of the most well-known pizzerias in Sheung Wan. Packed at lunch time, if you find a spot, it will be one of your local favourites due to its fabulous Neapolitan pizzas. On a typical Friday night, the highly-compact restaurant is jam-packed with people feasting themselves with freshly baked bread and salads, and, of course, pizza. You can spoil yourself with as many as 19 varieties of pizza or even choose your own toppings. Still, their widely popular “Gorgonzola & Apple White Pizza” is a sure-shot winner.
Shop C, 88 Commercial Building, 28-34 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan | +852 2851 4688
Ciao Chow — Sai Ying Pun, Ocean Park
Arguably the best pizza joint for people watching, you’ll find Ciao Chow in Sai Ying Pun (they also have a kiosk a few steps into Ocean Park). The restaurant offers splendid decor (e.g. copper accents and marble tables) and an ambience that screams cosiness. In fact, Ciao Chow is the first Hong Kong restaurant to be honoured with a VPN (Verace Pizza Napoletana) certification. A VPN-certified pizzaiolo uses specific techniques and ingredients to make original Neapolitan pizza. The place is famous for its brunches and a broad range of pizzas, and among them, the Margherita pizza (HK$98) takes the proverbial cake with its delicious toppings and high quality extra virgin olive oil.
Sai Ying Pun: Shops 1 & 2, G/F, High Park 99, 35 Western St | +852 9603 1832
Ocean Park: Lakeside Chill I Waterfront, Ocean Park, Aberdeen | +852 6190 6021
La Camionetta — Central
La Camionetta is one of the best pizza spots in Soho. The interior gives a bistro vibe, and the service is first rate. Of course, their pizzas are delicious. The eatery is owned by a sweet Italian couple, who offer as many as 16 varieties of pizza. Among them, “Le Margherita” (HK$98) with its fior di latte cheese, fresh basil, and secret-recipe tomato sauce is a best-seller. Don’t forget to try their “Il Piatto Della Burrata” (HK$158) made with pesto sauce and parma ham on focaccia. Pure heaven.
G/F, 12A Elgin St, Central | +852 6717 0082
Fini’s Italian American — Central, West Kowloon, Wan Chai
Say hello to large, tasteful pizzas and a colourful, cosy vibe. Fini’s Italian American is rated as the best ‘Italian in Hong Kong’ by USA Today, and with some merit. The restaurant walls are artfully decorated, and there’s a bar at the entrance. The casual bistro-like vibe gives the impression of an American-style eatery. Fini’s Italian American offers six variations of pizza, with “Brooklyn Special” (HK$130 for the 18-inch pie) being their signature offering for many visitors. It is made with homemade mozzarella, basil, and fried eggplant. Lastly, save some space for their delicious pasta.
Central: 49 Elgin St | +852 2387 6338
West Kowloon: R001, 3/F & Roof, Civic Square, ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Rd West | +852 2736 4887
Wan Chai: 69 Stone Nullah Ln | +852 3182 0128
Mother of Pizzas — Causeway Bay
Mother of Pizzas is a compact, simple Italian eatery that serves appetising wood-fired pizzas based on Neapolitan and New York traditions. The wheat dough used to make pizzas is slowly proofed for about two days and is flash-baked in Mother of Pizza’s woodstone oven. The outcome is a crispy, chewy pizza loaded with toppings on a thin crust. The signature varieties of Mother of Pizzas include “Pepperoni L’Americano” (HK$198 for 13-inch pizza), a meat lover’s delight, and “Crazy Cheese” (HK$228 also for 13-inch pizza), a four-cheese pizza with fior di latte, mozzarella, fontina, and Grana Padano.
G/F, 13-19 Leighton Rd, Causeway Bay | +852 2891 2221
CIAK — Central, Tai Koo
CIAK offers some of Hong Kong’s favourite pizzas – just think about “Prosciutto and Formaggi” pizza (HK$260). The restaurant is also a proud recipient of one Michelin Star in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Their executive chef, Valentino Ugolini, gives fine consideration to their homemade pizza dough that is proofed for 36 hours, resulting in a chewy texture and a good rise. Their entire menu is a delight. Still, if you’re feeling a bit luxurious, try their “Tartufo Nero” that is served with Italian egg yolk, mozzarella, taleggio, and a generous topping of shaved black truffles.
Central: Shop 327-333, 3/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queens Rd Central, Central | +852 2522 8869
Tai Koo: Shop 265, 2/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Rd | +852 2116 5128
CAPO — Sai Ying Pun, Mui Wo
CAPO is a hidden little gem located on Bonham Road. A cosy ambience complemented with fantastic service, their delightful antipasti boards, and Italian wine selection are of particular note. If it’s your first visit to CAPO, you cannot go wrong with the “Pizza Napoletana” (HK$148). The group under which the group operates also has two other spots in Mui Wo, called Grill House and Capo Terrazza, which both serve a selection of the same pizzas served at the Sai Ying Pun location.
Sai Ying Pun: Basement, 49 Bonham Rd | +852 2246 8030
Alvy’s — Kennedy Town
Alvy’s located in Kennedy Town is a must-visit restaurant for tasteful New York-style pizzas and an excellent range of craft beers and cocktails. The establishment offers evenly spaced tables that allow for elbow room, or a view of the sunset by the water if you decide to do takeaway. Alvy’s showstopper is their “Ma La Di Da” pizza (HK$178) which is topped with Sichuan pepper tomato, Bocconcini, and ‘nduja.
8 Holland St, Kennedy Town | +852 2312 2996
Al Forno Cafe and Bar — Causeway Bay
Al Forno is a popular little gem in Causeway Bay, serving delicious Italian cuisine. The cafe features funky décor and a comforting ambience and serves quality drinks, tasty spaghetti and wings, and of course, pizzas. First-time visitors cannot go wrong with “Quattro Formaggi” (HK$148), Al Forno’s signature pizza. However, if you love spice, then you mustn’t miss their house special pizza, the “Pizza Al Forno 2.0” (HK$168) with jalapeño and chili.
218 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay | +852 5474 2658
Amalfitana — Central, Repulse Bay
Authentic, traditional Italian pizzas can be found at Amalfitana. Quality products, fresh ingredients, and longer rising times for dough, are the secrets for these delicious treats your palate will love. Amalfitana is helmed by Michel Degli Agosti, whose global culinary experience has earned him the title of Maestro Pizzaiolo. In fact, the entire menu is a reflection of Agosti’s artistry. The pizzeria offers a host of pizza varieties ranging from “Margherita” (HK$150) to the “Calzone” folded pizza (HK$200), besides serving delicious cocktails to complement your food.
Central: Shops D&E, G/F, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham St | +852 2688 2001
Repulse Bay: G/F, The Pulse, 28, 105 Beach Rd | +852 2388 7787
Theo Mistral by Theo Randall — Tsim Sha Tsui
Theo Mistral is one of Hong Kong’s finest Italian restaurants, located in the Intercontinental Grand Stanford hotel. It is helmed by Chef Theo Randall, who is an award-winning British chef. The menu is inspired by Randall’s love for Italian cuisines and is fired with fresh ingredients. In fact, Theo Mistral’s signature pasta offering “Cappelletti di Vitello” with slow cooked veal and pancetta, takes a couple of days to make. So while you wait for their signature cuisine, there’s baked cheese soufflé as well as Veal cappelletti to soothe your appetite, and of course, amazing pizzas with simple, classic ingredients.
B2/F, Intercontinental Grand Stanford, 70 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui | +852 2731 2870
Cafe Deco Pizzeria — West Kowloon
With a spacious location inside Elements, Cafe Deco Pizzeria is a great option if you’re looking for a selection of innovative pizzas, pasta dishes, and sharing platters. Taking inspiration from well-known Asian cuisine, you’ll find options like the chef-recommended “Peking Duck” pizza (HK$178). You’d also be hardpressed to find anything like their “M6 Wagyu Beef and Prawn” pizza (HK$192) with prawns and garlic aioli at any other pizzeria.
Shop 2133, ELEMENTS, 1 Austin Rd West, West Kowloon | +852 2196 8099
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