Chef Umberto Bombana at his restaurant, 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, in the Landmark Alexandra, Central. Picture: Nora Tam

When Hong Kong chef Umberto Bombana served Madonna the wrong dish

Luckily the singer didn’t mind being served northern Italian version of a dish, not southern one she wanted, recalls chef whose Italian restaurant, 8½ Otto e Mezzo in Central, is the only one outside Italy to have three Michelin stars

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Chef Umberto Bombana at his restaurant, 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, in the Landmark Alexandra, Central. Picture: Nora Tam
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Giannella Maruzzelli

Giannella Maruzzelli

Lucia Esther Maruzzelli (left) and Valentina Giannella (right) are journalists with 15 years of experience working in Italian magazines and newspapers. They currently live in Hong Kong, where they have co-founded the editorial agency Mindthegap (mindthegaphk.com). Together, they cover stories from the Asia-Pacific region freelancing for national media back home and they write about Italy, and Italians, for Post Magazine, South China Morning Post.