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Top 10 Italian Restaurants

The best places in town for pizzas and pastas that's better than your mama makes.

By Dorothy So | Jul 01, 2010

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Grissini

The restaurant that started it all, Grissini is often referred to as Hong Kong’s first high-end Italian joint. The authentic Italian fare by chef Marco Torre is known to be some of the best in town.

2/F, Grand Hyatt Hotel, One Harbour Road, Wan Chai, 2584-7722

8 ½ Otto e Mezzo

The latest dining venture by chef Umberto Bombana (formerly of Ritz Carlton fame). The food is expertly executed and the handmade pastas (order the signature burrata cheese ravioli) and seafood dishes (lobster cassoulet with sea urchin) are particularly stellar.

Shop 202, Alexandra House, 18 Chater Road, Central, 2537-8859

The Drawing Room

This place earned a Michelin star in its first year, and for good reason too. The food by master chef Rolland Schuller is nothing but delicious. The trio of wagyu (ox tongue, beef cheek, short rib) is yum. We also wax lyrical about the pan-fried brioche, served with ice cream.

1/F, JIA Boutique Hotel, 1-5 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, 2915-6628

Domani

This restaurant does contemporary Italian in a beautiful glass house environ. They also host regular wine pairing dinners, which are worth checking out.

Level 4, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2111-1187

Osteria

Chef Michele Camolei’s simple, homestyle Italian fare is a favorite with many Italian expats. The pastas are all made according to authentic recipe. Starters are especially great, with the Ligurian octopus salad with green beans and basil pesto being particularly mention-worthy.

Mezzanine Floor, Holiday Inn Golden Mile, 50 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2315-1010

Sabatini

The Sabatini family has over 50 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Their Hong Kong outpost at The Royal Garden Hotel stays true to all the old-school charms and authentic Roman cuisine that they’re famous for.

3/F, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2733-2000

Angelini

Awesome Italian food + stunning harbor view = Angelini. The dishes are made with imported Italian ingredients to keep things as authentic as possible. Seafood dishes are particularly good.

Mezzanine Level, Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, 2733-8750

Gaia

The beautiful alfresco seating area is perpetually packed. The antipasti lunch buffet is a favorite with the business-types working nearby. A must-try is the thin n’ crispy Neapolitan pizza.

G/F, The Piazza, Grand Millenium Plaza, 181 Queen's Road Central, 2167-8200

Tuscany by H

Lan Kwai Fong’s premier Italian restaurant. The focus is on Tuscan cuisine (of course). For an exclusive dining experience, reserve the “chef’s table.”

Shop A&B, G/F, Grand Progress Bldg, 58-62 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2522-9798

Mistral

One of the truly underrated restaurants in Hong Kong. The cozy, charmingly rustic interior preludes the comforting classic Italian fare. The roasted rack of lamb is a must-try.

B2/F, Inter-Continental Grand Stanford, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2731-2870


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