As a junior minister taking your first steps in politics, it is generally thought wise to steer away from touchy subjects. Especially when your brief is culture, your country is Italy - and the subject is food.Sunday, 26 May, 2013, 7:46am
The high ceilings, pale walls, tasteful fixtures and accordion doors, which were fully open on the night of our visit, made this small restaurant comfortable rather than claustrophobic.16 May 2013 - 12:59am
PIZZA IS BELIEVED TO have originated in Naples in the late 18th century. But what we find in Hong Kong today – cheese-filled crusts and toppings of imitation crab, pineapple and Thousand Island dressing – are proof that we are a few centuries (and 9,000 kilometres) away from the original.16 May 2013 - 12:59am
Sabatini Ristorante Italiano in Tsim Sha Tsui celebrated its 20th anniversary with the appearance of two of the founders, brothers Silvestro and Francesco Sabatini, making it more special.
In his speech, restaurant owner Walter Kwok reminisced about the memorable dinner he and his wife had at Sabatini in Rome more than 20 years ago.26 Nov 2012 - 4:17am
Fontina is one of those cheeses whose name has been co-opted for use by cheesemakers in countries other than its homeland.10 Nov 2012 - 11:30pm
Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East has opened with a fine-dining Italian restaurant on the top floor. The chef previously worked at Gaia and the reasonably-priced menu offers standard Italian fare.
For starters, the mushroom cappuccino (HK$88) smelled wonderful from the truffle-scented foam on top. The minestrone (HK$88) was a brilliant green with finely chopped vegetables.15 Nov 2012 - 12:31am
"What you do is memorable, when you put your heart in it," grandmother Elda used to tell me.
As a young boy, I spent long afternoons amid the warmth of her stoves, waiting in anticipation for the week when she prepared the family's tomato sauce supply for the whole year.9 Oct 2012 - 10:06am
Paying more than HK$30 for a cup of coffee would once have been unthinkable, but many Hongkongers now dip into their pockets on a daily basis to get their caffeine fix.
So popular has a regular latte or cappuccino become that there are now more than 120 Starbucks outlets across Hong Kong, with other coffee chains expanding fast.20 Aug 2012 - 4:21am
G/F Tsun Wing Lane, SoHo Tel: 2530 2779 Open: 11am-midnight (Friday and Saturday until 2am) Cuisine: Italian
Price: less than HK$100 without drinks. There's no service charge.
Ambience: casual. Diners order from the cashier at the counter and get the food themselves when their numbers are called, but the staff clear the tables.15 Aug 2012 - 11:11pm
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how healthy food can and should be tasty. This is contrary to a common perception that healthy food is unexciting and antisocial. Fresh, quality ingredients, cooked well, balanced in flavour and combined with herbs are far better than dishes that try to be tasty by using sauces and fats, which mask the real flavour of the main ingredients.14 Aug 2012 - 1:24pm
Shop R011, Elements, Civic Square, Kowloon Station Tel: 2811 2681 Open: 11.30am-11.30pm (until late on Friday and Saturday) Cuisine: Italian
Price: about HK$370 without drinks or the service charge.19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
The long strands
If you like spaghetti, eat it together with meaty tomato, creamy seafood or sauces made from olive oil. Add some mushrooms and sweet bell peppers and you may never eat anything else again!16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
208 Duecento Otto
208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan.
Tel: 2549 0208. Signature dishes: DOC pizza, spaghetti bottarga, Milanese-style veal osso buco. $$$$$
Al Molo Ristorante Italiano12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
One Stop Ristorante & Bar 52 High Street, Sai Ying Pun Tel: 2858 1018 Open: noon-10pm (Sunday and public holidays from 11am) Cuisine: European
Price: about HK$300 without drinks or the service charge.5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
New york Pizza
It seems Hongkongers can't get enough of pizza, whether it's big and doughy or thin, New York Italian style. Slice sellers are doing slick business, giving the appetite-rich and time-poor a speedy snack to take away.28 Jun 2012 - 12:00am