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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. $$

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