G/F, 12 Kau U Fong
Tel: 2824 3009
Vibe: Downstairs is like a New York-style pizzeria, with stools along an open bench where you can sit and watch as the chef makes your pizza from scratch. It's homey, with Italian newspaper cuttings, vintage posters plastering a wall on one side, and an exposed brick wall. This really feels like a small, family-run place.
Upstairs is more of a sit-down restaurant, and it's nice to have the option to go for a casual bite or a more formal meal.
Who to take: Italian friends. The ingredients are simple, and the taste is authentic. From homemade pesto to al dente pasta, fans of real Italian cooking will feel right at home here.
What's hot: You can't beat a homemade sauce, and the pesto here is delicious. The basil isn't too overwhelming and the pine nuts are crunchy and fresh.
The Aglio Olio Peperconcino pasta is light and refreshing. Although it's an undemanding dish with simple flavours, it tastes really good. Another detail that sets the pasta dishes apart is that you can choose your own shape, from angel hair, spaghetti and fettuccini, to penne and fusilli. This meant I could enjoy Bolognese sauce without risking a spaghetti and white shirt disaster.
The pizza is thin and crispy, and it's fun to watch the chef making it right in front of you if you choose to sit at the bar.
Another thing worth mentioning is that although it's all made fresh to order, the service is still very fast, and we had our food about 10 minutes after ordering.
What's not: The prices. For a small pizzeria it's quite expensive. The pizzas are around HK$130-HK$145, which is average for Hong Kong Island, but the pastas aren't any cheaper, and a portion of fries costs HK$60, which seems excessive.
Cost: The lunch set is great value, at HK$98 for two courses, or HK$128 for three courses.
On the à la carte menu, drinks cost HK$25-HK$50, pastas range from HK$120 to HK$180 and pizzas range from HK$130 to HK$145. Starters and snacks range from HK$45 to HK$85.