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.
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.
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.
Pizza crusts are made fresh from scratch, stretched and thrown on site for customers and passers-by to watch through the window fronted shop.
Pizzeria Pubblico pies are then shovelled into the electric deck oven to achieve a crispy bite that still has a chew.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Add: G/F, Tsun Wing Lane, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2530 2779