FOOD & WINE

Restaurant review: Napoli's Pizza & Caffe, Tsim Sha Tsui

Japanese chain's first Hong Kong branch serves a basic 25cm Margherita for HK$35, as well as fancier pies and a dessert pizza

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 July, 2015, 8:22pm
UPDATED : Monday, 13 June, 2016, 2:01pm

Japanese pizza shop Napoli's Pizza & Caffe has opened its first branch in Hong Kong. It is a welcome addition to the likes of Grano Italiano in Tsim Sha Tsui and The Point in Causeway Bay, as well as for those who crave Neapolitan pizza but can't afford Motorino or 208 Duecento Otto.

The fast food shop is efficient and can save your wallet. A 25cm Margherita is HK$35 and with an extra HK$15 it comes with fries and a soft drink.

Be sure to enjoy your pizza quickly once it is served, for although it takes just 90 seconds to cook in the wood-fire oven, the pizza also takes no time to lose its crunch.

The dough is pleasantly chewy but the crust of both pizzas we ordered could have used more char. The flavours and toppings are quite legit, though.

The Premium Margherita (HK$55), which uses two types of mozzarella, comes with two individual packages of olive oil to drizzle on at the last minute to complement the fresh basil and tomato paste.

The Cicinielli (HK$68) has an Asian twist and is a flavourful, briny dish, thanks to the baby sardines and clams.

For sides, the salad (HK$25) is fresh and crunchy, with three different dressings to choose from. The chicken wings (HK$38 for four) are tasty, while the sausages (HK$35 for three) are only for the adventurous as they are pretty spicy.

Served with a dash of maple syrup, the quattro formaggi (HK$58) — topped with buffalo mozzarella, taleggio, gorgonzola, and parmesan — sounds tempting, too. But we tried the dessert pizza (HK$35 each), instead. We liked the peach mascarpone (the other option is chocolate-banana), and it was enjoyable even cold, as we ate it after everything else.

Napoli's Pizza & Caffe, Champagne Court, 40-46 Carnarvon Road, TST, tel: 2368 8842. Open: 8am-11pm