Tucked up on Sheung Wan’s High Street is an Italian pizzeria that locals to Sai Ying Pun like to call home. It’s Jack’s Pizzeria and, with such an affable name, how could Hong Kong’s pizza fanatics resist? Adding to this rustic Italian restaurant and pizzeria’s charm is its casual, no-fuss, unpretentious approach to classic Italian cuisine, and the lengths that owner Jack goes to make his food the best in the city, importing ingredients from the USA and Italy on a regular basis.
Kicking off proceedings at Jack’s Pizzeria, classic Italian soups and salads jump through hoops to satisfy – the hoops formed by the fried and rings section of the menu that is. Here you can find French fries (a nod to Italy’s northern European compatriots), onion rings, fish fingers and fish and chips (a nod to Hong Kong’s British heritage, no doubt), spring rolls (a nod to Hong Kong’s Southeast Asian heritage, no doubt), lobster balls and crispy fat chips. It’s this kind of universal approach that makes Jack’s Pizzeria so popular among Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun locals when they drop in to the restaurant’s High Street premises for a coffee and a chat with Jack.
When the tricolored flag begins to flap, diners turn to Jack’s Pizzeria’s forte – classic Italian main courses and pizzas, these latter famous in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan for their deliciousness and thoroughgoing authenticity. Weighing in at one-and-a-half pages, the selection of Neapolitan pies is mind-boggling. And its doesn’t stop at the classics, either: here you can find weird and wonderful pizzas like Indian tandoori, Greek and Mexican alongside discs taking their cues from regional cuisines drawn from from across the Italian peninsula. Balancing everything out is an equally impressive list of pasta dishes and a long list of imported beer and wine to quaff down while you drown in Italian wow factor. Close to Sai Ying Pun station, Jack’s Pizzeria is easy to find, but harder to leave.