Monday, 28 January 2013

Pizzas in K-Town

The suprema pizza at Piccolo in Kennedy Town
Restaurants are either moving further west on Hong Kong island or further east to escape high rents, or at least try to start out small to see if their concept works before expanding to a bigger space.

And one neighbourhood that's benefiting from the growth of eateries is Kennedy Town -- specifically on one street called Davis Street.

Along this one small block are several places, each of them well known in their own right.

The calamari starter was a definite winner
The newest kid on the block is Bistro du Vin, but there's also the gourmet Bistronomique to the inexpensive eatery Piccolo.

We tried Piccolo yesterday and have to say we were pleased with the quality and the price point.

It's a small place and we arrived at 6pm and since we didn't make a reservation we were told to vacate the table by 7.30pm.

This was no problem since the food came quickly. We were seated right by the kitchen where we could see the massive brick oven heated with wood and the fresh pizzas constantly going in and cooked ones out.

We also liked the proscuitto pizza with rocket and parmesan
The pizzas are 11 inches and there are several different toppings on the thin crust pizza. We opted for the suprema and the proscuitto, both HK$130 each. The suprema had sliced sausages with fresh chillis, onions and mushrooms, while the proscuitto had thin slices of Parma ham on top of a regular pizza and a bunch of rocket leaves with parmesan cheese shavings on top.

The proscuitto was our favourite with the fresh flavours, while the supreme had a spicy bite from the chillis unless you carefully picked them off ahead of time.

We also enjoyed the appetisers of the warm salad with pumpkin and cherry tomatoes (HK$80) and the calamari (HK$85). We could have had a few more chunks of pumpkin in the salad, but it was nice, lightly seasoned, while the calamari had a nice batter with herbs so it was crispy and tender.

Including two lime sodas, the bill for three came to HK$635. Service was fast, attentive and nice. The server constantly refilled our small glasses with water.

The warm salad of pumpkin and cherry tomatoes
I hear that the pastas are pretty good too, including the aglio e olio (HK$110), a simple dish of spaghetti, roast garlic, chilli pepper and olive oil.

Definitely will be back for more pizza soon!

Piccolo
1E Davis Street
Kennedy Town
2824 3000

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