Lovers of Italian cuisine will find themselves spoiled for choice if they visit Knutsford Terrace, in Tsim Sha Tsui. The latest restaurant to open on the compact pedestrian street is Il Meglio, bringing the number of Italian eateries here to three. But Il Meglio is different from neighbours Paparazzi and Tutto Bene, according to a spokesman for the Mega Hospitality International restaurant group, which owns all three. While Paparazzi serves American-Italian food and Tutto Bene specialises in Tuscan cuisine with a contemporary twist, Il Meglio goes back to basics with '1960s-styled' traditional Venetian cuisine, says the restaurant's operations manager, Ricky Lee. 'In the 60s, cooking was simpler than it is today. What we're trying to sell is an authentic feel.' The authenticity extends to homemade pasta. As at Paparazzi and Tutto Bene, Il Meglio has a pasta machine, which is used to create 10 types. About 40 per cent of the pasta dishes feature seafood, which extends the Venetian theme. Dishes include antipasto Venezia (below right; HK$88), spaghetti with sauteed bay clams, garlic, basil and white wine (HK$128), ravioli with ricotta, butter and fresh sage (HK$128), homemade spinach, egg and squid-ink pasta sauteed with fresh salmon strips in tomato and cream sauce with wild herbs and diced smoked salmon (HK$138), risotto with seasonal vegetables and four cheese (HK$118), pan-fried tuna steak with balsamic vinegar and fresh garlic (HK$178) and pan-seared filet mignon with pesto, porcini mushroom sauce, arugula and parmesan (below left; HK$228). Contributing to the Italian ambience are chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and a large Mona Lisa painting near the entrance. The restaurant seats about 60 diners and there is a small alfresco area. Il Meglio is at 8 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2316 2223. It opens between 6pm and 2am, Sunday to Thursday, extending to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.