Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: G/F, 14 Shelley Street, Central 中環些利街14號地下

Telephone: 2801 6881

http://motorinopizza.com/hongkong/

Pizza是我最喜愛的食物之一。Motorino是由紐約開過來的比薩店,而香港店是亞洲第一家分店。Motorino供應意式Neapolitan pizza,用一個明火大烤爐來製成,曾經被New York Times的食評家 Sam Sifton 評為全紐約最好吃的pizza。Motorino的pizza 餅皮做得很鬆軟,吃了一整個也不會覺得頂胃(其實正宗的意大利比薩是一人吃一個的,所以比薩餅皮做得夠柔軟非常重要),帶點微微的燒焦味,很有水準。

There are times when all I want to eat are pizzas. Fragrant cheeses and other enticing ingredients served on tasty pizza doughs, what’s not to like about them? The search for the best pizzas has brought me and my friends to Motorino, a pizza joint which serves Neapolitan cooked in an open-fire oven. The chain first opened in New York in 2009 and was once dubbed “New York’s best pizza” by New York Times food critic Sam Sifton. The Hong Kong outlet, which opened this year right by the escalators in Soho, is the chain’s first Asian outlet.

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The restaurant is small but doesn’t feel enclosed, thanks to its bright, minimalistic setting. The staff are energetic, attentive and friendly.

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(1) We started off with some meatballs braised in tomato ($108). The meatballs had a fabulous meaty flavour, and the tomato sauce’s tartness brought this dish into equilibrium. What I adored the most, however, was the meatballs’ exquisite juiciness!

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(2) The Prosciutto di Parma ($138) was a bundle of joy. Scrumptious slices of Prosciutto were served with fresh, hot pizza dough.

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(3) The Motorino chicken wings ($108) were nicely grilled and delightfully tender, but the dressing was a tad too oily.

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(4) We were tempted to order the restaurant’s renowned brussel sprout pizza, but decided to try out its seasonal pizzas instead, so the Alla Norma pizza ($148) was ordered. In Italy, you are expected to eat an entire pizza on your own. A slow fermentation process is very important in ensuring that the pizza dough is light and airy; improperly fermented doughs tend to be harder and denser and will make you feel stuffed after eating it.

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The eggplant, yellow zucchini and green zucchini offered light and attractive flavours. The pizza dough was quite fluffy, and had a nice, lightly charred taste.

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(5) The meatball pizza ($168) had an appropriate amount of meatballs and cheese scattered over it, and the flavours were tangy and exciting.

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(6) There were only two desserts, which made the task of trying every dessert on the menu absolutely achievable! The torta al cioccolato with crema inglese ($98) was rich, smooth and chocolatey. We found the cake sweet and delicious enough on its own, and didn’t have to dip into the English cream.

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(7) The tiramisu ($68) was creamy, cheesy and very delicious, but could have been a tad more moist.

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(8) All these delicious foods were washed down by a small cup of latte, which was decent and had a good level of frothiness.

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When Motorino first opened, it did not take reservations. Fortunately, it now takes bookings for both lunch and dinner, so there is no excuse for me not to come back!