With its art galleries, fine dining restaurants and luxury watch shops, Parkview Green mall seemingly had it all – so long as you didn’t want pizza. Mercifully, the days of wandering the halls of the mall in search of a slice have come to an end. Enter Pizza View, the latest project from the same people who brought the thrice-Michelin-starred cuisine of Umberto Bombana from Hong Kong to Beijing at the neighbouring Opera Bombana
Pizza View may be the first causal dining project from the team, but they have turned their practised white-gloved hands towards this project, and the results are very good indeed.
Ordering at the pizza bar, choose from five different slices or opt for a freshly tossed 12-inch pizza. Add a cold salad (from 48RMB), a daily soup (38RMB) or a Parma ham panini (58RMB), pay and take a seat. The food court style may unsettle those used to chef de cuisine Marino D’Antonio’s immaculately executed plates downstairs at Opera, but the yeasty aroma from the pizza oven is enough to soothe even the most finicky diners.
The classic margherita (36RMB a slice; 68RMB for a 12-inch pizza), the benchmark of any pizzeria’s worth, is beautifully simple. Fresh tomatoes and shredded, low-moisture mozzarella complement the fragrant tomato sauce, which has a rustic quality thanks to its thick consistency and chunks of fresh tomatoes contrasted by sprigs of fresh basil. The dough recipe, requiring 36 hours of fermentation, comes direct from Bombana’s Michelin-starred Hong Kong eatery.
Heat-seekers should go for the Diavola (48RMB/80RMB), with its layers of premium spicy salami, while the classic Capricciosa offers a more complex flavour combination with mushrooms, artichoke and slices of cooked ham. The blend of mozzarella, gorgonzola, taleggio and fontina in the 4 Formaggi (128RMB) is bold and creamy, making it one of our favourites in the city. The roasted root vegetable salad (48RMB) is also not to be missed.
With a full bar of handmade gelatos coming soon, and a rapid turn-around time for pizzas by the slice, we can easily see Pizza View turning into a favourite destination for a post-shopping bite or workday lunch.
By Nick Gollner