In and Around Hong Kong
It may be cold outside but the wood-fired oven in the newly opened Motorino Pizzeria is heating up Wan Chai.
Push open the door and you’ll be glad (at least at the moment) to be met with a blast of furnace-strength hot air, a cacophony of voices and the sweet, baking aroma of Italy. Yes, after much talk over the past few months, Motorino has finally seen past its Shelley Street branch to open up in Wan Chai’s hip Ship Street.
For those who’ve never heard of Motorino, they first started in Brooklyn, New York, with two branches, before expanding to Hong Kong. With a tried and tested menu in Central, there was no reason to diversify and so you’ll find all the same tempting antipasti and pizzas here. Think fragrant tomato, garlic and basil bases, thin rounds of Soppressata, puffy dough… what’s not to love?
The main difference you’ll see here is in the décor: an open kitchen is the venue’s centrepiece, complete with an upfront team of pizzaioli throwing wheels of dough in the air, and an enormous pizza oven. The rest of the décor is aimed at the hipster crowd – big light bulbs, warehouse-esque ceiling tiles and pizza paddles adorning the brick walls.
Nevertheless, the pizzas worked a treat (the Cremini Mushroom and the Soppressata being particular favourites), although it took a few glasses of the recommended sparkling red wine – a tipple still not that common in Hong Kong – to warm to it.
With neighbours like 22 Ships and Bo Innovation, Motorino has a lot of high-end competition, but it does already feel like it belongs on Ship Street.
15 Ship Street, Wan Chai