The best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong, according to a passionate fan of the cuisine – her picks for fresh pasta, pizza and aperitivo

Hong Konger Cindy Chan is the marketing manager for Hong Kong and Macau at Campari Group, which is sponsoring Negroni Week in Hong Kong between the 18th and 24th of September. She spoke with Andrew Sun.

I grew up with dim sum, noodles, soups, rice rolls, and fried rice, among other local Chinese food items that are plentiful and varied in the city.

My culinary experience increased when I got involved in the spirit and wine industry. My first formal dinner was in an Italian restaurant.

I was immediately impressed by the aromas and flavors. I’ve since found a love for everything Italian cuisine, and these are among my favorite eateries in Hong Kong.

Pici is her go-to restaurant when she’s craving pasta. 

Pici (various places which include multiple locations including 16 St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai. Tel 2755 523) is where I go whenever I want pasta. Their freshly made and hand-crafted meals are delicious and simple.

I can still recall that first day I went to the Wan Chai outlet located on Hong Kong Island and waited in line to eat lunch.

CIAK In The Kitchen In The Kitchen offers a dinner-time pre-dinner Italian Aperitivo, a ritual that includes the most traditional Italian drinks and food. 

I came across the CIAK – In The Kitchen (Shop 327-333, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central. Telephone 2522 8869) when I was having wine dinners a few years ago and was awed by their fresh pizza and pasta served in a cozy and relaxing setting.

What I like about CIAK is that they provide the perfect before-dinner Italian aperitivo ceremony that includes classic Italian cocktails such as Negroni Aperol Spritz while eating some food at their buffet.

Hong Kong is well known for its breathtaking Victoria Harbour view, so for those who are looking for a spot with great food and stunning views, it is the best option to experience the city.

A risotto dish from Vista. 

BluHouse (G/F, Rosewood Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel 3891-8732) is One of my newest favorite places, featuring exquisite Italian food and classic cocktails, desserts, and a warm atmosphere.

Another option for overseas visitors can be Vista (29-30/F, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Tel 2778 3255). It provides a stunning view from the top of its floor. It is possible to enjoy brunch on weekends or the tasting menus on weekdays as well as evenings.

If I were planning a party, My first option would be 8.25 Otto E Mezzo Bombana (Shop 202, Alexandra House, 16-20 Chater Road, Central. Tel: 2537 8859). It’s Hong Kong’s first Michelin-starred Italian dining establishment and is truly a luxurious dining experience that is characterized by outstanding food quality and excellent service. Everything is flawless.

Veal tenderloin at 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana. 

I’ve visited numerous countries, and I’d like to share the best dining memory of Bern, Switzerland, during my honeymoon. I found the restaurant within Bern’s Rose Garden with the most breathtaking view of Bern’s city.

Restaurant Rosengarten (Alter Aargauerstalden 31b, Bern, Switzerland. Tel +41 331, 3206) offers a cozy patio where we can sit and enjoy the winter sunshine. We could see the old town as well as its garden right from where we sat. The food was tasty and filling. We also enjoyed a glass of hot mulled wine to warm our bodies.


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