October 25 is everyone’s favourite carb day – the annual World Pasta Day!
Whether you like it curled, twisted or thick and straight, the best thing about pasta is that there is always one type to your liking.
Here are six places in Hong Kong and Macau which produce their own pasta on the premises, so you can celebrate the special culinary creation by eating the freshest produce.
Gia Trattoria Italiana
1/F, Fleet Arcade, Fenwick Pier, 1 Lung King St, Wan Chai
Apart from serving one of the best brunches in town, Gia Trattoria Italiana’s pasta is freshly on its premises.
Stick your fork in some handmade strozzapreti with prosciutto, mushroom and black truffle, or linguine with lobster and fresh tomato.
Whichever dish you choose, while you eat you will be guaranteed a stunning view of the city through the huge windows stretching throughout the restaurant.
Shop OTE301, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Perched right on the edge of Victoria Harbour in Ocean Terminal’s most recent extension, this Italian institution makes its silky smooth pasta fresh on its premises daily.
Relax in the great surroundings, enjoy the view – and savour some delicious tagliolini, ravioli or spaghetti.
While you’re at it, the pizzas are great here, too.
49 Elgin St, Central
Apart from the freshly made pasta, another reason to feel great about eating at Linguine Fini is that it is one of the few Hong Kong restaurants that is committed to zero waste.
It serves a selection of popular American-style Italian favourites, including Italian maccheroni and cheese, char siu carbonara and Chef Vinny’s lasagne.
Don’t forget to end your meal with the warm and gooey skillet cookie.
Shop G63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
This trusted Italian restaurant, also offering fine harbour views, was making its own pasta before it was considered cool to do so.
With its huge front window showing staff hand-making pasta, diners are guaranteed that what they are getting on their plates is as fresh as it gets.
16 St Francis Yard, Wan Chai
This quality-on-a-budget pasta concept has been so successful that Pici is opening its fourth Hong Kong branch in Sha Tin before the end of the year.
The menu is simple and full of good, authentic pasta dishes.
The “must-tries” include the duck egg ravioli, tagliolini – and don’t forget to get the tiramisu for dessert, too.
Shop 1039-1040, The Grand Canal Shoppes, The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, Estrada do Istmo, Coloane-Taipa
If you happen to be in Macau, Portofino, inside The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, has just hired a new chef.
Chef Marcos says he wanted only fresh pasta to feature on his menu, so specially brought in new pasta-making machines.
New and exciting things are happening at this eatery, so next time you are in Macau it is definitely worth a visit.
So what are you waiting for? Go forth and eat pasta on Pasta Day, biatches!