When I first steped into Duecento Otto 208, I truly thought I was at the scene of Sex and the City, at a restaurant somewhere in New York city. Why? Well, the decor was hip and trendy with beautifully decorated wall-tiles, but the key was the people, the crowds that were present at 7pm on a weeknights. For the brief stay I was there, the place was frequented by model like females and males as well. I mean many of the girls were either in 4" heels and ultra tight pencil skirts or 3" heels and really short skirts! As for guys, many were in tight jeans and pointy leather shoes with tight shirts that somehow lost the few top buttons. Were these good
The place has two floors, the ground floor is a bar so-called bar area which requires no reservation and you can still enjoy the a small selection of pizza and a few antipasti. I was assigned a table near the entrance whereby I can have direct contact with every diners coming in. I really enjoy seats where I can face the entrance.
Anyhow, I started off with a bottle of beer. It was Birra Moretti imported from Italy. How was it? Fair? Not a beer type of person but it was quite mild in terms of malt flavors.
Perhaps it was my choice of the Antipasti but both the Sardine and the Prawn (Gamberi insalata) were OVERLY sour for my liking! The Sardine lacked the sardine flavors because the sour flavors dominated it.
The same applies to the Gamberi insalata. Rather disappointing. If you are not sure what the items were on the menu, you can walk up to the display and check it out closely. That was what I did because some items with Italian I have no idea.
Duecento Otto 208 is famous for their pizza, priced close to HKD200 for one sized slightly lager than ... a steering wheel of a children bummer car, I was expecting something exceptional! Alas!
As mentioned many times, what you like the a particular dish at a particular resto is often a question of Managed Expectation. I would not say that the Salsiocia e broccoli pizza we ordered was bad but not exactly the type I was looking for. The dough was thin and slightly chewy, but when lifted up, the center of the pizza slice seemed to be overly moisture and soft as shown in the picture below. Flavors were alright, cheesy enough but a little bit more Italian sausage would be nice so each slice would at least have one? Perhaps more evenly distributed would be nice too!
- Rustic Atmosphere? Crowds? ... I was overly casual indeed, I should have geared up with my tight shirt as well!
- Antipasti - overly sour
- Salsiocia e broccoli - dough towards softer side and overly moisture in the center.
Duecento Otto 208
208 Hollywood Road, SOHO, Sheung Wan
Tel: +852 2549 0208