Amalfitana, a relaxing spot to fight the summer heat with artisanal pizza
Shop 105, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
New to the popular and swanky beachside mall, The Pulse, is Amalfitana, an artisanal pizza bar. The cosy restaurant feels bigger than it is thanks to an open kitchen and folding glass doors that are kept open, giving patrons an undisturbed view of the sea and sand, and people watch as they pass by on the beachside footpath.
The openness creates a relaxed alfresco dining experience. The staff are friendly, service is quick, dogs are welcome outside, and the vibe is wonderfully beachy.
We started our lazy weekend lunch with refreshing spritzes to fight the summer heat: Rose Maria (HK$100) and Al Fresco (HK$120). Appetisers soon followed. The burrata with tomato and rocket leaves (HK$150) was smooth and creamy, and we loved every mouthful. The fluffy kale Caesar salad with asparagus (HK$90) was delicious and the slices of brightly-coloured watermelon radish made for a striking visual.
As we were at an artisanal pizza bar, we sampled two pizzas: Regina (HK$180) which came topped with ham, artichokes and a sprinkle of oregano, and good ol' pepperoni (HK$160). Both pizzas were well done and special mention should be made of the crust - crunchy outside but soft and chewy on the inside.
Lunch ended on a high note thanks to mouthwatering desserts that we devoured in seconds. The nutty pistachio gelato (HK$50) went down really smoothly and the tiramisu served in a mason jar (HK$80) was dense and not overwhelmingly sweet.