On Top of Pizza

I am a certified Italophile when it comes to food, and pizza is definitely near the top of my list. It fills empty stomachs, lifts the spirits and occasionally mends the broken hearts.

“I love my pizza so much, in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return. I am having a relationship with this pizza, almost an affair.” (Eat Pray Love)

If I can find a good slice, I would not mind going out to buy some bigger jeans to accommodate the inevitable. However, this city has faced a painful lack of good pizza. Well, until now.

Pizzeria Pubblico – baby sister in the Posto Pubblico/Linguini Fini family

Purists may pour scorn on anything less than an authentic Neapolitan pie, but what’s not to love about a New York style pizza? It is large, wide, thin and foldable, known for its hand-tossed crust which I love when it is charred perfectly. Therefore when the IHM boys (behind old favourites Posto Pubblico and Linguini Fini) decided to bring some New York pies to Hong Kong, I could not wait to try out what’s on offer at this new pizzeria.

Trinacria @ Pizzeria Pubblico

Plain Pie @ Pizzeria Pubblico

The menu here is very simple but focused, with pizza being the highlight. There are 5 types of pizza available all day long, and extra toppings can be added to customise for any palette. For carnivores, there are meaty ingredients such as homemade pepperoni and sausages. Organic vegetables such as eggplants and mushrooms from Homegrown Foods, as well as mozzarella ‘made-fresh-daily-in-house’ can also be added to the toppings. There is also a range of subs made with fresh artisanal bread baked daily in house with fillings including Posto Pubblico’s famous veal meatballs.

Pizzeria Pubblico Menu – white chalk on blackboard

Pizza crusts are made fresh from scratch, stretched and thrown on site for customers and passers-by to watch through the window fronted shop.

Kneading and stretching pie crust

Pizzeria Pubblico pies are then shovelled into the electric deck oven to achieve a crispy bite that still has a chew.

Inside the deck ovens – where the magic happens

As per pizza-master-in-residence Vinny’s recommendation, I picked the Brooklyn Special for my first slice. Loved the vegetarian combination of fried eggplant, roasted peppers and garlic, and Posto’s own mozzarella. The tomato sauce was tangy but sweet, and the crust was cripsy yet chewy, with perfect char on the bottom.

A slice of Brooklyn Special & (non-alcoholic) root beer

Special mention of the non-alcoholic root beer by Steaz which was actually made from green tea. Refreshing on a hot Sunday afternoon and perfect companion to the pies.

Pubblico with chili – a twist on Margherita

Seeing there is still room in my stomach, I went for a second slice. Pubblico is actually an updated version of Margherita, with olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, tomato sauce, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses plus chili. I finally arrived in pizza heaven.

If you think pizza is all you will find here then be in for a pleasant dolce surprise. Save your stomach for the best cannoli in town! Citrusy pistacchio cream and ricotta cheese dotted with chocolate chips is piped into the deep-fried tube-shaped shell at the counter as you order so the shell stays crispy and fresh.

Cannoli siciliani

You can get the pizza either by the slice or by the pie (in all of its 18-inch of cheesy glory) at this casual yet fun pizza joint for friends and family to stop by for a quick bite. I know I will spend numerous summer evenings here.

Pizzeria Pubblico
Add: G/F, Tsun Wing Lane, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2530 2779

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About Patricia

Born in Hong Kong and studied in England for most of her life. Transplanted herself to Tokyo, New York and finally back to her root. Having treated her taste buds to the best of these continents have to offer, she has decided to invite others to join her on her gastronomic voyage. Full-time food lover, part-time cook who wants to enjoy the pleasures of life, mostly at the dining table.
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2 Responses to On Top of Pizza

  1. I was holding off paying a visit until a few weeks post opening. I agree with you re the range of good pizza available within HK. Funnily enough the last good one that I tasted was in Linguini Fini so it is no surprise that Pizzeria Pubblico gets the thumbs up. The non-alcoholic root beer is also a plus 🙂

  2. Patricia says:

    Hey Jacqueline! Funnily enough the last good slice I had before Pizzeria opened was also at Linguini Fini. Loved the Classic pie there. Which one is your favourite? Am hoping Vinny would bring back the Puttana special as I love anchovy. PS please also try the Steaz raspberry green tea. Can’t wait to see you next Mon x

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