Pirata Group is taking Hong Kong by storm this month with two new restaurant openings: TokyoLima and Pici Pasta Bar. After the sustained success of their other Italian restaurant, Pirata, their decision to open a pasta bar in an up-and-coming neighbourhood in Wan Chai was a smart move. Pici Hong Kong’s focus is on creating authentic, homemade pasta dishes in a cozy, modern dining space. What’s more, the price of each dish is around the HK$100 mark, making for exceptional value in a city where diners often pay a pretty penny for less-than-stellar food.
SEPA’s focus on Venetian’s cooking and culture sets it apart from other Italian restaurants in Hong Kong. Specializing in ‘cicheti’ (small dishes that are to be shared), SEPA’s menu ranges from amazing bomba’s and affettati boards, to pasta and seafood. It’s not hard to fall in love with SEPA’s intimate and rustic decor, embodying the designs and cool color palate of Venetian’s iconic buildings. From SEPA’s delicious dishes to its unique interior, it didn’t take me long to became a fan of this traditional Venetian “bacaro”.
Jamie’s Italian, by renowned chef Jamie Oliver, is a well-known chain of restaurants that have been rapidly popping up all over the world. From his first restaurant opening in Oxford in 2008, Jamie has expanded his dining concept of good food at affordable prices to over 30 restaurants worldwide. This is now his second restaurant in Hong Kong within the past year, showing no signs of slowing down. His new location in TST offers all the same tastes as the Causeway Bay branch, but with additional menu options and a very different atmosphere.