May 29, 2015

Endless Pasta-bilities

Linguini Fini is back, and bigger and better than ever! Having moved from tucked away L Place, its impressive new home on Elgin St is impossible to miss, spilling out into the Soho bustle. It’s the perfect place to people watch… and indulge in a carb fest while you’re at it.

Just like its laidback setting, food here is feel-good. You’ll still find quintessential New York-style pastas, in addition to the Asian-influenced salt cured, duck egg infused pesto; dried shrimp diavola – and our favourite – the creamy fragrant grass alfredo which is every bit as green as the description promises.

We’re pleased to see that the LF team has stayed true to their roots with locally sourced offerings, making the most of the space with a vegetable and herb garden to incorporate fresh produce into the homey fare. To minimise waste, Chef Vinny Lauria has even introduced a compost machine and water filter to provide complimentary still and sparkling water – a rare find in Hong Kong that we hope to see more of!

As before the pasta, sausages and mozzarella are made in-house, and that extra TLC makes all the difference. Order the caprese salad, a heap of vibrant tomatoes atop slices of their famous homemade cheese. Although there are plenty of intriguing menu additions to keep diners on their toes – such as uni macheroni carbonara and Italian “Xiao Long Bao” – the New-York Italian classics win us over.

Our table fought over the On Top of Spaghetti, a standout staple featuring homemade meatballs “all covered with cheese” and the Radiatore Alla Vodka, a spicy ‘nduja laced cream sauce with basil and more of that fresh mozzarella. Another chart-topper was the Brooklyn Special pizza with fried eggplant, roasted garlic, peppers, basil – and you guessed it – more mozzarella! Meat lovers need look no further than the good old fashioned pepperoni pie. We’ve also heard great things about their famous rotisserie porchetta, a 10-hour roasted pork belly, which is reason enough to start planning our return…

 Linguini Fini
49 Elgin Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2387 6338

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