Pizzeria. Shop 105, G/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd., Repulse Bay, 2388-7787. Amalfitana is exactly what The Pulse needed—a casual, beach-facing open-air pizzeria touting fresh ingredients, decent cocktails, and plenty of street-level seating.
HIT With a colorful mural of the Amalfi Coast behind the bar, the open-air pizzeria transports you immediately to the coast of Italy. Starters are pretty standard for a pizzeria, but the freshness of the ingredients was what caught our attention right away: The Tricolore ($90) was a stack of juicy, ripe chopped tomatoes, creamy avocado and burrata cheese, with each ingredient tasting at the peak of freshness, and a simple balsamic glaze to tie it all together. The barley salad ($90) was made with chewy and nutty spelt, pine nuts, cherry tomato, sundried tomato, shallots and mixed leaves. This was tossed in a zingy pesto sauce— like an alternative, healthy pasta dish you wouldn’t mind having any day of the week. Our salsiccia e porcini ($190) was a sizable pizza dotted with porcini mushrooms, Italian fennel sausage and melted mozzarella.
The earthiness of the mushrooms paired nicely with the fennel note that carried through each bite.
MISS The sausage boasted a bright pink color that was a bit off-putting, and turned out on the dry side. The porcini was thick and unevenly scattered—not the prettiest or the best pizza in town, but a decent contender nonetheless.
BOTTOM LINE This pizzeria is all you could want for breezy beachside dining, with fresh, clean flavors, sizable portions and sea views to keep the holiday vibes going. Open Mon-Sun noon-midnight. $$