TREND: Is Italian the new French?

April 20th, 2012 | Posted by greg in Daily life...

They are popping up like mushroom after the rain: Italian restaurants are definitely gaining ground with the latest addition of Mario Batali’s Lupa to the already very good Italian scene of Hong Kong…

Ciambelline

You name it, from the 3-Michelin starred Otto-e-mezzo by Umberto Bombana to the more casual and nonetheless excellent Linguini Fini who made it to the Conde Nast Best new restaurants 2012 alongside Michael White’s Al Molo, or the deli shop turned osteria Il Bel Paese, there is definitely a surge of Italian eateries in town. Of course, French restaurants are holding solid ground with their well established range of fine places around town, but lately, it’s definitely Italy who is setting the pace. Do a quick search on Asia Tatler Dining or WOM guide and you’ll find a crazy array of Italian places I’m sure you’ve never knew were in town!

Pistachio Cannoli

I think the amount of love you put in your cooking is what taste the strongest, even stronger than MSG ;)

Panini

So much Italian flair that I am really starting to wonder if the topic of our latest themed event didn’t have anything to do with all that white truffle and pesto scents in the air of Hong Kong; you guessed it, the theme was Italian and here are a few photos of the specialties we prepared.

Apple and Blackberry Crostata

Limoncello & Candied Cedrat

Chiacchiere

Candied ginger Pan d'Oro (From La Boulangerie book!)

Sfogliatelle!

Mini cones ready for gelato

Parmesan wheel ready for risotto cooking!

 

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