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La dolce vita

Bernice Chan

 

 

NICO’S SPUNTINO BAR + RESTAURANT
G/F, 49 ELGIN STREET
SOHO
2978 3939
WWW.STAUNTONSGROUP.COM

 

Fat Angelo's was sorely missed when it vacated its premises, but in its place is more Italian fare. Nico's Spuntino offers southern dishes, ideal for a casual bite to eat along the Mid-Levels escalator.

The starter of burrata cheese (HK$68/HK$128) was creamy with sun-dried tomato and pesto sauces. The seafood platter (HK$188) featured octopus in a spicy arrabiata sauce, prawn cocktail, and smoked swordfish and tuna, and marinated anchovies.

Crispy breaded smoked cow's milk cheese (HK$98) was crunchy and soft, while the three-cheese base thin-crust pizza (HK$108) with Gorgonzola was topped with radicchio leaves. Mamma Assunta's pizza featured fresh pork sausage and white mushrooms (HK$118). The tortellini de carne (HK$68/HK$188) was home-made with 50 per cent pork, 50 per cent beef, while steak lovers will enjoy the aged T-bone cut to order at HK$78 per 100grams, a minimum order of 350g.

Sweet options include gelato (HK$30 one scoop) with Hong Kong milk tea, Earl Grey, lemon or pistachio. The tiramisu (HK$58) lacked flavour, while the shot of Sicilian sweet wine was easy drinking with a chocolate covered, cigar-shaped phyllo pastry (HK$98). 

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