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In celebration of World Pasta Day (October 25), we’ve rounded up the best Italian restaurants to visit in Hong Kong. Whether you have a pasta or pizza craving, or want to experience fine regional cooking, there’s something to suit every palate

There’s no doubt that Italian food is one of the most popular, beloved cuisines in the world. Comforting, delicious and packed with bountiful flavours, you’ll often find this cuisine to be presented with a strong focus on fresh ingredients and straightforward recipes. From homemade pasta to tempting pizzas, seafood, cold cuts and tiramisu, each and every dish of Italian cuisine is a work of art in its own right, which requires great attention to details to execute well.

Whatever you fancy, you can rest assured that there will be somewhere in our home city that does this honoured cuisine right. Living up to its name as one of Asia’s most exciting dining destinations, Hong Kong has all types of trattoria to satisfy your Italian food cravings—be it a local gem serving up authentic dishes, or a Michelin-starred establishment that has mastered age-old techniques. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best Italian restaurants to visit in Hong Kong for a hearty meal your taste buds won’t forget.  

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1. Pici

This much-loved pasta bar needs no further introduction. Renowned across the city for exceptionally good pasta, sold at exceptionally reasonable prices, Pici is the place to go if you want to enjoy an Italian meal in a relaxed setting. 

The restaurant’s refined approach to Italian cuisine, combined with the use of the finest ingredients and authentic recipes, leaves diners with diverse pasta options that are sure to satisfy any carb cravings. Start with some appetisers before tucking into a variety of delicious pasta, including the orecchiette with Italian sausage, spicy n’duja and cherry tomatoes; signature pici (a thick, hand-rolled spaghetti) with black pepper and pecorino cheese; as well as tagliolini with fresh shaved black truffle, white truffle paste and shallot.

Pici, various branches across Hong Kong; 

2. Carbone

A New York import run by Black Sheep Restaurants, Carbone is all about delivering a fun dining experience with top-notch Italian fare, warm atmosphere and excellent service. Each dish here is meticulously crafted in generous portions with a focus on quality, fresh ingredients and exemplary cooking techniques. The impressive menu may overwhelm you, but we recommend you start with Spanish octopus with roasted pepper; move onto Mario’s Meatballs and the signature spicy rigatoni vodka; then finish off with lemon cheesecake for a truly satisfying meal.

Carbone, 9/F, Lan Kwai Fong Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2593 2593 

3. Fini's

Famed for its laid-back vibe, friendly service and flavourful sharing dishes, it’s no wonder Fini’s has been a go-to spot for local foodies looking for a fail-proof Italian experience. Their pizzas are huge and great for sharing, with signature flavours varying from pepperoni to margherita to the Brooklyn Special, featuring homemade mozzarella, fried aubergine, roasted garlic and peppers. The restaurant is also big on pasta offerings, with typhoon shelter crab linguini and fettuccine funghi with shaved truffle and oyster mushroom being the most substantial. 

Fini’s, G/F, 49 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2387 6338

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4. Castellana

Run by chef Marco Sacco of two Michelin-starred Piccolo Lago in Verbania, Castella offers an impressive Northern Italian menu that’s all about technique and the best possible ingredients. Embracing a muted colour palette, the restaurant's interiors are rustic but elegant, which allows diners to explore the rich flavours of Piedmont in a sophisticated atmosphere.

Their Fassona beef, which served with a potato and foie gras sauce and spinach leaves is a staple, but its homemade tagliolini with “au koque” Carbonara sauce and Vigezzo valley cured ham; and artisanal tagliatelle pasta with Japanese sea urchin steal the show. There’s also an extensive selection of wines ranging from Italian to French wines, meaning you’ll have no trouble finding an option to complement your meal.  

Castella, 10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 3188 5028

5. 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana

Recently earning the 12th spot on this year’s Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, this long-standing three-Michelin-star restaurant has been receiving accolades for good reason. There’s no doubt that 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana is a stalwart on Hong Kong’s Italian dining scene, which serves up exquisite, consistently well-executed dishes in modern surroundings.

Their menu changes occasionally to bring diners the freshest recipes and seasonal ingredients, but you can be sure to find staples including pasta, risotto and gelato. Highlights of the recent menu include warm blue lobster with broccolini emulsion; short rib and beef tenderloin; and Aveyron baby lamb. It also goes without saying that this is the spot to go to when white truffle season rolls around. 

8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Shop 202, 2/F, Alexandra House, 16-20 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2537 8859 

6. Posto Pubblico

Consistently packed since its opening on Soho’s buzzing Elgin Street, Posto Pubblico is a characteristically Italian spot: jovial and welcoming, with a chic setting completes with exposed brick walls and a U-shaped wooden bar. Their sandwiches and pizzas are to-die-for good, but you shouldn’t miss out on recurring favourites including linguine with clams and lasagne with ricotta and spinach. There’s also a decent range of red and white wines on the drinks list.

Posto Pubblico, G/F, 28 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2577 7160  

7. Associazione Chianti

If it’s upscale Italian comfort food and quality meat you’re after, make your way to Associazione Chianti. A slice of Tuscan decadence and hospitality in Wan Chai, this restaurant is most famous for its massive Bistecca alla Fiorentina cut from tender grass-fed Black Angus sourced from Idaho. Chianti also serves up a selection of astonishingly good cured meats and homemade pasta for sharing, such as rigatoni with pecorino and black pepper, and pasta with beef wagu and parmesan cheese inspired by Florence’s Trattoria Cammillo. Be sure to save room for the dessert too, their tiramisu and pavlova are must-tries.

Associazione Chianti, Shop 2, G/F, Po Chi Court, 15 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3619 3360 

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8. Grissini

A trip to Italy might not be possible at the moment due to the ongoing pandemic, but we’ve found a restaurant that replicates the vibe and food of a fine dining establishment you could find in that loveliest of countries.

Located on the second floor of Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Grissini is known for its fresh hot namesake breadsticks. The restaurant offers a plethora of unpretentious but well-executed Italian fare in elegant surroundings. On the menu are classic Italian dishes with a modern twist—whether you go for the signature appetisers including slow-cooked veal loin with tuna sauce and yellowtail carpaccio, or main dishes such as paccheri pasta with octopus ragout and pan-fried seabass fillet, quality is guaranteed here. 

Grissini, 2/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2584 7722  

9. 121BC

Tucked away on the slopes of Graham Street, 121BC is a well-known name among Italian food lovers in not only the hood but also across the city. This trendy bistro has a reputation for serving up simple-yet-delicious Italian classics made from top-quality ingredients, accompanied by an impressive wine list curated by award-winning sommelier Giorgio de Maria, who also worked on the original 121BC in Sydney. While all of the dishes get rave reviews, the caramelised lamb ribs, Australian wagyu flat iron, tagliatelle with spanner crab are crowd favourites.  

121BC, LG/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2672 8255  

10. 208 Duecento Otto

208 Duecento Otto offers guests a memorable, hearty Italian meal: from delicious food to rustic décor, everything about this restaurant is designed to transport you to those charming neighbourhood trattorias in Italy. The standout dishes, without a doubt, are the prosciutto e rucola pizza, quattro funghi pizza, as well as black truffle ravioli stuffed with mascarpone cheese and parmesan cheese. The Italian sea bass and chicken cordon bleu should be ordered too. Don’t forget to save room for their desserts, including the signature tiramisu and almond cake “Caprese” with limoncello ice cream—you won’t regret ordering these. 

208 Duecento Otto, G/F, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2549 0208  

11. Aria

Relatively new on the local Italian dining scene, Aria is helmed by executive chef Andrea Zamboni, formerly of 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, who has a knack for crafting top-notch Italian dishes with modern twists on traditional flavours without any pretension. Choose from a multitude of appetisers include beef tenderloin carpaccio with rocket salad, and assorted premium charcuteries and Italian cheeses platter, as well as roasted cherry tomatoes salad with burrata cheese and basil.

For the main dishes, it doesn’t get much better than tagliatelle with blue lobster and bagna cauda fondue; pappardelle with wild mushroom and porcini sauce; and margherita pizza. But the roasted Colorado lamb chop and Italian veal cutlet in Milanese style are also excellent options if you’re in the mood for something a bit meatier. We recommend Zamboni's take on the xiao long bao, too—you'll need to visit to find out the story behind this ravioli-esque dish.

Aria, 24/F, California Tower, 30-32 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2804 1116

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12. Giando

Nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of Wan Chai and overseen by reputed chef Gianni Caprioli, this Italian-food gem is an absolute winner for a scrumptious Italian feast. The menu, which offers diners the options for either a three- or four-course meal are all hits and no misses, which features classic dishes with contemporary updates that made for memorable bites.

We recommend starting your meal with feta cheese salad, which comes with premium Osiblue prawn and peach, then follow it up with one of these satisfying main dishes: carnaroli risotto with crab red prawn carpaccio; grilled sirloin steak with roasted potatoes; or the orecchiette pasta with fresh mixed seafood. The desserts list is predictable but delicious—you can't go wrong with any of the creations here, including tiramisu, gelato, fresh sorbet, puff pastry and goat cheesecake.

Giando, Shop 1, G/F Tower 1, Starcrest, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2511 8912 

13. Sabatini

Sabatini at The Royal Garden hotel offers a unique fine dining experience complete with a glamourous old-school vibe, impeccable food and service, transporting diners to the heritage restaurant in Rome opened back in 1954. 

Known as the establishment first and only overseas outpost, this trattoria is home to great pastas, grilled meats and desserts. It has a vast menu featuring classic Italian food perfected with quality ingredients and perfect flavour combinations, where diners are sure to leave satisfied with all the homey dishes. Here, Charcoal grilled lamb chops with thyme and lemon; linguine with Sicilian red prawns with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil; and risotto with porcini mushrooms are standout dishes. 

Sabatini, 3/F, The Royal Garden, 69 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2733 2000 

14. Ciak

Whether you’re celebrating an event or simply fancy treating yourself and loved ones to some really nice Italian food, Ciak is the place to be. Trendy, cosy and inviting, this restaurant is perfect for every occasion, which offers a menu filled with items designed in rich portions for sharing, allowing diners to try loads of different things in a meal.

The homemade pastas, including the mezze maniche pasta with sausage, mushroom and Pecorino cheese cream sauce, and classic carbonara with black truffle are excellent, but the crisp pizzas shouldn’t be overlooked, with an extensive list of options ranging from Margherita to Estiva topped with mozzarella, Parma ham and shaved parmesan cheese—which are all made with dough fermented over 36 hours that ensures a great, fresh-baked taste you crave. 

Ciak, Shop 327-333, 3/F, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 8869  

Ciak, Shop 265, 2/F, Cityplaza, 18 Taikoo Shing Road, Tai Koo, Hong Kong, +852 2116 5128  

15. Octavium

There isn’t a discerning Italian foodie who doesn’t love Octavium. Opened by Umberto Bombana of Otto e Mezzo, this tastefully designed fine dining restaurant is dotted with a myriad of unique artworks and filled with natural light courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows that gives an intimate, stylish ambience. The seasonal menu changes frequently, but you can always be sure there will be a selection of scrumptious dishes prepared with impeccably sourced ingredients and modern twists, while preserving the traditional Italian flavours. Must-orders of the latest menu by Roland Schuller include lobster spring roll with homemade mayo sauce, Hokkaido scallops pasta with XO sauce and beef sirloin.  

Octavium, 8/F, One Chinachem Central, 22 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2111 9395  

16. Theo Mistral

Another hidden gem that deserves a spot on your Italian food radar. Located in the InterContinental Grand Stanford hotel, Theo Mistral’s talented, well-trained chefs are serious about enhancing the traditional flavours of every classic Italian dish they create, using refined cooking techniques and paying great attention to detail to allow the ingredients to speak for themselves. Homemade tagliolini pasta with mud crab meat, baked cheese soufflé and yellowfish tuna tartare with red chilli are the menu’s crowd-pleasers. And if you’re up for more, the pan-roasted Italian veal chop served with spinach is not to be missed. 

Theo Mistral, B/2, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2731 2870 

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17. Tosca di Angelo

Tosca di Angelo at the 102/F of Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong stimulates all your senses with sweeping views of Victoria Harbour, a welcoming, elegant environment and delectable Italian dishes expertly designed by culinary master Angelo Agliano. The menu, which is mainly inspired by the chef’s hometown of Sicily, is packed with fresh seafood delicacies and house-made pasta crafted with high-quality ingredients and meticulous seasoning methods.

Enjoy your sky-high dining experience with the four-course tasting menu, which features an array of show-stopping dishes include Fassona beef carpaccio with light mustard; risotto with blue lobster, bisque and tarragon pesto; red star grouper; as well as traditional tiramisu with coffee granita. 

Tosca di Angelo, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270

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18. Locanda Dell’Angelo

Beloved neighbourhood haunt Locanda dell’Angelo has made a name for itself with excellent classic Italian fare and attentive service. On offer is an extensive, soulful menu featuring home-style dishes that fully captures the authentic flavours of Italy, and to kick things off, you can’t go wrong with the signature baked ricotta, Boston lobster linguine with bisque (make sure to order it in advance as supply is very limited!) and Hokkaido sea urchin risotto with fresh wasabi and chives.

Other main dishes, include the Mediterranean wild-caught seabass and roasted baby lamb chop from New Zealand are standout dishes you shouldn’t miss out on too. If you’re looking for something sweet to complement your meal, their tiramisu served in a tumbler glass with coffee ice, and crunch almond pie are must-haves.

Locanda Dell’Angelo, G/F, 12 Yuen Yuen Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, +852 3709 2788  

19. Cipriani

Dining at private members’ club, Cipriani, is one of the many things on local foodies’ bucket list. Set within an opulent, chandelier-lit space, it offers a luxury setting for customers to experience authentic Italian dining with an exquisitely pleasant service provided. Start things off with fresh beef carpaccio before feasting on the baked tagliolini with ham and cheese. Find space for dessert and order yourself a classic vanilla meringue cake, tiramisu, or mango cheesecake—their sweet creations will never let you down.  

Cipriani, 12/F, Bank of China Building, 2A Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2501 0222

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20. Estro

When we heard the news that Antimo Maria Merone—former chef at 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Macau—was opening a new Italian restaurant with JIA Group, we knew it was going to be good. Translating in Italian as “inspiration”, Estro, as the name suggests, prides itself on delivering a truly unique Italian dining experience with top-notch dishes that pay homage to the chef’s Neapolitan roots.  

As well as offering carefully curated lunch and dinner menus featuring delicacies made from fresh ingredients, such as red prawn panna cotta topped with Kristal Caviar, ink gnocchi and langoustine, the restaurant also has an upscale setting with interiors designed by André Fu Studio, meaning diners will be able to join their meals in a stylish atmosphere.  

Estro, Level 2, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong; 

21. Lucciola Restaurant & Bar 

Located within the five-star hotel, The Hari Hong Kong which was recently crowned as the “Best Upscale Hotel” at the 17th Annual HD Awards, you can trust that Lucciola knows a thing or two about crafting Italian food that will keep even the most ardent of foodies delighted.  

Helmed by Piedmont-born chef Francesco Gava, this restaurant offers classic Italian food with modern twists, which are all prepared with the freshest ingredients and executed to absolute perfection. To get things going, try the baked scampi, and then opt for gli spaghetti with Mediterranean clams and shaved bottarga as the main dish. Diners shouldn’t miss out on the signature breaded and pan-fried milk-fed veal cutlet on the bone, too.  

Lucciola Restaurant & Bar, 1/F, The Hari Hong Kong, 330 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2129 0333 

22. Radicalchic Innovative Italian Cuisine

Fancy an Italian feast with delectable dishes and unparalleled views of Victoria Harbour? This is the place to be. Perched on the 101st floor of the International Commerce Center (ICC), Radicalchic is a contemporary ode to heritage flavours, combining art with the finest Italian produce to offer dishes that will please both your eyes and taste buds.  The restaurant is helmed by executive chef Andrea Tarini, who has worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants across the globe and worked alongside the highly reputed chef Mauro Uliassi for over 14 years.

A selection of degustation menus is on offer, where must-try items include new seasonal white truffle dishes, the signature Sicilian caponata with Mazara red prawn, as well as the green zucchini soup that’s free of animal products.

Radicalchic Innovative Italian Cuisine, Shop B1, 101/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3618 7880

23. Venedia

Found amidst the hustle and bustle of Central, Venedia prepares classic Italian fare with dedication, the finest ingredients and meticulous cooking techniques under the direction of stellar chefs Roland Schuller and Bjoern Alexander—the duo with years of Michelin-starred experience. Striving to offer diners a taste of the best, most authentic flavours of Venice from Italy, this elegant spot, from the team behind Octavo Management Group, serves a menu of mouthwatering appetisers, hearty mains alongside exceptional pastas and coffees.  

It’s worth checking out their signature Seabass Alla Mediterranea and homemade Mezze Maniche Mancini pasta with refreshing tomato sauce. If you need some drinks and desserts to elevate your meal, they also offer a variety of Italian delights including bellinis and homemade gelato.  

Venedia, G/F, One Chinachem Central, 22 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2851 2303

This article was originally published on April 30, 2021, and was updated on October 25, 2021.


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