Babbo Trattoria cooks up rich and resounding Italian flavours
Tucked away on a side street in Causeway Bay, Babbo Trattoria lives up to its name on account of its easy menu, casual atmosphere, home-style cooking, and affordable selection. Not to be misled by simple food preparation and presentation, its Italian flavours are rich and resounding.
A must-try is the beef stew risotto - a savoury balance of red wine, saffron and grana padano cheese (HK$188). Contending crowd favourites are the costata di manzo alla griglia (HK$888) and linguine al balsamico (HK$178). The costata is a 20-ounce beef chop that is succulent on the inside and grilled crisp on the outside, while the linguine is a divine blend of bacon, cheese, balsamic vinegar and pine nuts on al dente pasta.
After such stellar courses, sweet-tooths were left wanting with the available selection of cakes. The two lush mascarpone are delights.
The restaurant suits different diners: early birds know the place is more fully staffed after 6.45pm; while those who prefer a crowd stay closest to the bar stools. Guests seeking uninterrupted dining can also ask to be seated furthest from the entrance but away from the bustling staff office, however.
Babbo Trattoria is worth a visit for well-planned treat or an unassuming surprise.
5/F, Plaza 2000, 2-4 Russell Street, Causeway Bay
tel: 2606 1288