Sunday, October 12, 2014

Motorino Pizza, Shelley Street, Central


I had forgotten that Motorino (G/F, 14 Shelley Street, Central, Hong Kong, tel : +852 2801 6881) had opened up in Hong Kong until we were walking past Ship Street on the way to Landale Street and stumbled upon their Wan Chai branch. But since we weren't headed to Wan Chai and Central has another outlet, it was here.


I got tempted by the Gragnano, which was a cold sparkling red made from Campanian grape varieties that the pizzeria had claimed was their "pizza wine". It was so good and easy going in the summer heat that I was halfway through my second before the food arrived. This stuff can seriously be addictive.


Their cockle clam crostino was pretty delicious. The clams were fat and fresh while the salty wine broth was great with the garlic bread.


Unfortunately, I didn't think much of the pizza at all. This was their Brussels sprouts pizza. 

There were too much burnt elements on the pie (both the Brussels sprouts and the crust) that left a bitter after taste. The crust was soggy in the middle with texture was akin to appam. The rest of it was kinda like naan. While I'm not an expert on New York styled pizza, I'm pretty sure this didn't quite represent it well. We didn't get any fruitiness from the EVOO neither. Even with pancetta and Pecorino cheese, the salt in the pie was a little too little. Something was just not right with the ingredients.

Not impressed in the slightest.

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