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August 19, 2011

Spaghetti Oh!

If you like ‘em long and lean, look no further than these Italian stallions who are new on the scene and heating things up with their good looks, casual charm and sizzling flavour…

Spaghetti Oh!Linguini Fini
For the lovers of Soho’s thriving hotspot Posto Pubblico comes its more casual, urban and equally tantalizing relation, Linguini Fini. Situated at L Place in Central, this newly opened contemporary trattoria is already creating waves of excitement among food lovers in HK for its great value, authentic tasting menu and buzzing downtown Manhattan vibe.  Enter into the cool and stylish dining room with graffiti art on the walls and sit down to mouthwatering menu options.  Using a farm-to-fork ethos, Linguini Fini prides itself on sourcing the freshest ingredients, organically grown where possible and packed full with flavour. All pasta is freshly made in-house and some are even blended with local ingredients for a unique twist. Menu highlights include Homemade Spicy Pork Sausage made with natural pork, onions, peppers and roasted garlic (HK$78), Signature Handmade Pasta infused with Dried Shrimp with a tomato sauce (HK$88), Bucatini Amatriciana with Guanciale, cherry tomatoes, chili pepper and Pecorino cheese (HK$98) and a hearty Lamb Gnocchi (HK$118).  Don’t forget to save room for dessert!  The divine Lemon Olive Cake (HK$48) and the decadent Hot Chocolate Affogoato with marshmallow gelato (HK$48) are not to be missed.  With prices this good and food this delicious, you’ll be coming here (and to your gym!) a lot more often.  (1/F, L Place, 139 Queen’s Road Central, +852 2857 1333)

Doppio Zero
Until recently, the only double zero’s we’d come across in HK were the waif-like models sashaying down Wyndham Street.  But now you can head a little farther West to Sheung Wan where seeing a “00” label has nothing to do with clothing size and everything to do with the highest possible quality of Italian flour, which is being used to create truly authentic fresh pastas at new under the radar resto Doppio Zero. Descend the stairs to the basement of The Pemberton building and be whisked miles away from the sweltering city streets into a den of urban cool, which sets the scene for the tasteful meal to follow. Chef Jake Addeo who has worked in Michelin Star restaurants across Europe and alongside the famed Mario Batali in New York, has created the perfect lunch menu with a choice of two or three courses, and half or full size pastas, depending on your appetite, while his dinner features a carefully edited selection of signature dishes. A must-try appetizer is the Truffled Fried Oysters with cream spinach and black truffle aioli, his signature fresh pasta is the Spaghetti Alla Chitarra, Calamari Fritti with cherry tomatoes, green chilis and fried calamari, and the Orecchiette Salsiccia with house made sausage, choi sum, garlic, chilis and pecorino stands out among the imported Italian dried pastas. Both the Yin Yang Affogato dessert, which features a unique milk tea gelato served with an espresso shot and a peanut butter cookie, and the rotating exhibitions of HK artists hanging on the wall add a little local flavor to this winning recipe for restaurant success – one that even double zero models can’t resist! (G/F, The  Pemberton,  22  Bonham  Strand,  Sheung  Wan, +852 2851  0682,

Al Molo
From one city that never sleeps to another, New York’s “King of Italian,” Michael White, brings his celebrated progressive cooking style to shake up HK’s dining scene. With it’s prime harbour-front location, Al Molo means “The Pier” in Italian, and its outdoor dining area just steps from the Star Ferry offers striking skyline views. A recent recipient of ‘The Best New Restaurant in America’ award for his seafood restaurant Marea, White is dedicated to using only wild-caught seafood and fresh market vegetables, and it shows. Menu favourites include a Grilled Mediterranean Octopus starter and a New Zealand John Dory main with grilled peach, almonds, salsa verde and roasted shallots.  Pasta and pizza also tops the hot list, from Garganelli pasta quills with, prosciutto, truffle cream and peas to Tuscan wild mushroom risotto to a thin crust Salsiccia pizza with pork sausage, broccoli rabe, scamorza, and pepperoncino. With a huge wine list featuring well-known and boutique wineries from every major region in Italy and a selection of 40 wines by the glass, Al Molo is just as suited to a pre or post-theatre glass of wine and pizza at the bar as it is to a romantic tete-a-tete or a group dinner with friends.  After a few glasses, with the warm rich ambience, comfortable booths and a beautiful bar, you may even start to feel as if you’re in…old New York.  If he can make it there, he’ll make it anywhere… (G63, Ocean Terminal, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong +852 2730 7900)

In this town, la vita just got a little more dolce.

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