Quickie review: Pizzeria Pubblico is the new “hot” pizza place in town, from the same group that has Posto Pubblico and Linguini Fini. It’s in Soho, just off the escalator next to Taco Loco. They claim to be serving New York Style pizza – the waitresses wear I Heart New York t-shirts. But, just like Paisano’s, it’s not really New York style pizza. It’s also quite different in taste from Paisano’s.
Paisano’s pizza slices are carved from a 24 inch pie and start at $25 for a plain slize, $30 with pepperoni. Paisano’s 24 inch whole pie sells for $200. (Note that I haven’t check prices recently.) They make their own dough and sauce. The outer crust is too large and the sauce has more herbs or spices than New York pizza. Even so, I believe it’s the best pizza in Hong Kong (bearing in mind that I’m originally from New York and grew up eating New York pizza a minimum of 5 times a week).
Pizzeria Publico’s slices come from an 18 inch pie. A plain slice is $30. A slice with pepperoni is $40. A whole pie starts at $200. They also make their own dough and sauce. They also have a chicken parm sub and a veal meatball parm sub, each of which costs $100. With your slice you’ll get a small plastic cup of slightly spicy red peppers marinated in olive oil.
I had a slice of the pepperoni last night. Good dough, good sauce – closer to NYC style I think. But the pepperoni was sliced so paper thin that I couldn’t taste it on the pie. Disappointed!
I’ll probably give them another shot or two. But given that they’re a 5 minute walk from Paisano’s new branch on Hollywood Road, well, so far Paisano still wins for me.