Briefs, December 24, 2012

Japan's incoming pro-nuclear premier, Shinzo Abe, said his government would again investigate the Fukushima atomic crisis, after which the country's reactors could be restarted.

Monday, 24 December, 2012, 5:06am


1/F, 48 Peel Street, Central Tel: 2810 1098 Open: 6.30pm-midnight (until around 2am on Friday and Saturday) Cuisine: European

Price: about HK$450 without drinks. There's no service charge.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Perfect pasta!

Pasta comes in many different mouth-watering shapes. But choosing the right sauce for the right shape is very important. Long or short, smooth or curved, each shape sucks up the sauce in a different way - and every way is delicious!

A peep into the past

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Spaghetti 360

Spaghetti 360 403, 4/F, Windsor House Causeway Bay Tel: 2504 1878

Grub: Japanese/Italian

Vibe: The restaurant occupies a rather oddly-shaped area. Tables curve off around corners and are surrounded by ornate balustrades and tinted mirrors.

Who to take: Whoever you've dragged around/dragged you around on a shopping spree.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Italian Tomato Cafe Jr

Italian Tomato Cafe Jr Shop A, G/F China Hong Kong Tower 8-12 Hennessy Road Wan Chai Tel 2529 9083

Grub: Cheap and cheerful Italian, with a subtle hint of Japanese

5 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Possibly the most ubiquitous of pasta shapes, these long dried strands made of nothing more than durum wheat flour (or durum wheat semolina) and water are a must in most pantries. The differences between brands are in colour, flavour and the sauce-gripping texture. Janice Leung pulls some strings.

HK$41, City'super, citywide

De Cecco Spaghetti No 12

29 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Lashings of rashers made pasta sauce sing

It is featured on Italian and Italian-inspired menus the world over, but you might be mistaken if you thought this creamy sauce featuring cheese, egg, black pepper and a cured meat, such as bacon, has been around for centuries. According to some, it wasn't invented until 70 years ago.

18 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Homei Cafe

Homei Cafe 22-24a Shop B, Tai Ping San Street, Sheung Wan Tel: 2857 9991

Grub: Western-style coffee shop.

14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Seafood for the soul

Clams are probably my favourite bivalve. I like them even more than I do oysters because they can be prepared in so many ways - even raw, although make sure they come from clean water. And they're not as rich and heavy as scallops, which means you can eat more of them.

10 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

208 Duecento Otto

208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan Tel: 2549 0208 Open: Monday-Friday noon-3pm; Monday-Saturday 6pm-midnight; Saturday-Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Cuisine: rustic Italian

Price: about HK$500, minus drinks and service charge.

26 Aug 2010 - 12:00am


Te's unusual concept - serving high quality pasta dishes in stylish surroundings, but at a fast-food outlet pace - originated in Tokyo's fashionable Roppongi Hills district.

27 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Basement Restaurant

Basement, 29 Gough Street, Central

Tel: 2854 0010

Open: Monday-Saturday 11.30am-3pm (Saturday until 4.30pm), 6.30pm-11pm

Cuisine: European.

17 Sep 2009 - 12:00am


Italian food

Luigi is Italian. He was born in Rome but came to Hong Kong three years ago to become the chef in an Italian restaurant in Central. Listen to two of his favourite recipes and then fill in the required information on the recipe card for each dish.

Recipe card for basil penne

1. Penne is ____________________

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Alfonso Iaccarino

You sold your house to buy a farm so you could grow fresh ingredients. Do you enjoy working on the land? 'I do work with nature. For example, tomatoes are very important in our cooking and we must respect the seasons. A tomato picked in May is one thing; those grown in September are another. Each season demands a different cooking method.

14 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Italy Quiz

Test your general knowledge. The answers are below.

1 What did the word Italy originally mean?

2 What is the sea between Italy and Croatia?

2 Jun 2007 - 12:00am