Located in the heart of the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, Cucina showcases signature authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant boasts stunning waterfront view of the celebrated Victoria Harbour – adding a touch of romance to the vibrant character of this exciting dining concept. With a bar that accommodates up to 100 guests for cocktails and a truly interactive dining area that seats up to 120 guests, Cucina is also the perfect venue for intimate dinners and private parties. Out of the extensive menu, the seafood casserole, with Boston lobster, vegetables and toasted garlic bread is one of the most frequent orders.
Recommended for Italian because: The harbor view looks toward Hong Kong Island, and is really sensational in the evening.
Ed's expert tip: Book a window table for the light show which illuminates Hong Kong Island at 8pm.
This lively restaurant is located right in the middle of the popular and ever-expanding Lan Kwai Fong entertainment district. The décor - styled by award-winning New York designer Tony Chi - is crafty, yet sensible, with mustard and blue being the predominant colors. The artichoke appetizers are extremely popular, as are the veal dishes and the capellini al granchio. Two especially nice touches: the signature bread basket of home-baked grissini and herbed flatbread served with tomato and onion salad, olive oil and balsamico vinegar, and the home-made Italian biscotti served with freshly brewed Italian coffee. Reservations are strongly suggested. MTR: Central.
Recommended for Italian because: Va Bene is one of Hong Kong's most established Italian restaurants, with very good reason.
Ed's expert tip: Lan Kwai Fong is busiest on Friday and Saturday evenings, when reservations are essential.
Helmed by Theo Randall, one of Britain's top chefs, this charmingly decorated Italian restaurant is located in the basement of the harbor-side Grand Stanford Hotel. Signature dishes include fresh pasta with slow cooked beef in Chianti and San Marzano tomatoes, and mixed green ravioli with Swiss chard, rocket, ricotta, butter and sage. An excellent wine list complements a very fine menu. Sunday brunch is a popular outing here, especially with families or groups of friends. Reservations are recommended. Celebrity chefs have been coming to Hong Kong in increasing numbers in recent years, and Mr Randall's debut in early 2018 was acclaimed with more than a little enthusiasm. MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui
Recommended for Italian because: There are hordes of restaurants in Tsim Sha Tsui, but Theo Mistral is definitely one of the best.
Ed's expert tip: Save room for the desserts, which are sensational.
This Northern Italian restaurant offers some excellent views of the Hong Kong skyline. The restaurant's stylish interior is noteworthy for its Murano glass collection and organza screens. The antipasti and main dishes like the seasoned lobster are popular, as are the ravioli with spinach, cheese and mushroom sauce. The potato gnocchi with melted Castelmagno cheese is especially good, while many diners come here simply to feast on the line-caught sea bass steak, cooked in a tomato olives and capers. The wine list is quite extensive, and the desserts – especially NIcholini's signature soufflé with choices of sauce – are difficult to resist. MTR: Admiralty.
Recommended for Italian because: An exclusive location, married with the very best culinary standards.
Ed's expert tip: The San Daniele ham is cured for 20 months, and hand sliced.
This sophisticated Italian restaurant is located at the Royal Garden Hotel, in the heart of the Tsim Sha Tsui East business district. Inside, you'll find a dining environment complete with a mix of traditional décor, music and service that seems to whisk you away to Rome. The antipasto buffet is beautifully arranged and nearly impossible to resist, and the entrées at Sabatini have a Roman lilt and feature interesting twists on traditional fish, shellfish and veal dishes. If you can, try and save room for their famous tiramisu. MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui
Recommended for Italian because: Even by Hong Kong's high standards, the decor is tremendous.
Ed's expert tip: Ask the sommelier to recommend some of the especially good Italian white wines.
From the beautiful parquet floors and the marble columns to the views of the harbor and the impeccable service, Grissini's, which is located in the opulent Grand Hyatt, exudes style and class. The menu features a wide range of traditional Italian favorites, and Milanese cuisine is their specialty. Among the more popular dinner dishes are the filet of sea bass, osso bucco, and lobster ravioli – each carefully prepared with the freshest ingredients. A business lunch is available from Monday to Friday, and a special brunch is available on Sunday. MTR: Wan Chai
Recommended for Italian because: The harbor-side ambiance is fabulous; this is quintessential Hong Kong style, even when the weather is not at its best!
Ed's expert tip: This is probably one of the smartest Italian restaurants in the city so dress accordingly.
Pirata is committed to delivering Italian culinary treasures at prices that don't break the bank, Pirata honors authenticity with classic Italian fare and diners can expect a menu that applauds traditional family style dining alongside an equally familial style of service, with attendants carving up dishes table side and impressing customers with attentive assistance and show stopping flair. Set over two floors with an internal staircase joining the restaurant to the upstairs bar, Pirata is industrial yet rustic all at once. Pirata's interior is a treasure trove of hand-picked design elements including vintage chandeliers, industrial metalwork and expertly sourced craftsmanship. This vision is also seen in the unique table and bar wear, sourced from around the world. The cityscape views showcase the buzz of Hong Kong whilst reinforcing Pirata's intimate yet charming atmosphere.
Recommended for Italian because: The food is not simply very good, but beautifully presented.
Ed's expert tip: The food's excellent wherever you eat, but sitting upstairs has an exclusive feeling.
Hong Kong is not lacking when it comes to restaurants with a view, so a place needs to be truly exceptional in some other way to distinguish itself from the pack. Isola's floor-to-ceiling windows and huge outdoor terrace do indeed offer stunning panoramas, and its tastefully monochromatic décor is stylish and clean. But its food is stellar from appetizer to dessert. Start with baked mozzarella in walnut bread with sweet cherry tomatoes, a layering of flavors and textures that is simply brilliant. Main course dishes are just as impressive – grilled sirloin with red onion and anchovy sauce, and salt-crusted sea bass, in particular, stand out. The clientele here tends to be trendy and well-coiffed; reservations are strongly encouraged.
Recommended for Italian because: Good food and harbor views that are rarely bettered in Hong Kong.
Ed's expert tip: Isola's as good for people-watching as it is for fine dining.
Linguini Fini serves everyday Italian food for everyday people, with diners being treated to an authentic culinary experience - served with a generous portion of warm down home hospitality. Produce is served in-season and hails from local organic farms supplied by Homegrown Organics. As established proponents of farm-to-table dining, Homegrown takes the concept one step further by introducing nose-to-tail cuisine. Group Executive Chef Vinny Lauria creates a predominantly pork and pasta menu that utilizes every part of the animal from nose-to-tail; with nothing going to waste. Lauria also cures his own meats and homemade sausages. The result is one of the most original restaurants in Hong Kong.
Recommended for Italian because: Organic ingredients, as tasty as they're healthy, play a big role in Linguini Fini's menus.
Ed's expert tip: This is a great chance to experience nose-to-tail dining in Hong Kong.
It sounds incredible but it's true: the yummiest Italian food outside Italy is hidden at the south tip of China, according to the Michelin Guide. Located on Chater Road in Central, fine-dining restaurant 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA in Central was the first and only Italian kitchen to be given three stars away from the gourmet country. The sleek 430-square-meter establishment was founded by Bergamo-born chef Umberto Bombana, who has endeavored to build the Italian food scene in Hong Kong for two decades. Food come in a simple and concise three-page daily menu. The restaurant also operates a five-course degustation meal for haute cuisine lovers. It can be hard to get a dinner reservation but customers can also order food at the bar.
Recommended for Italian because: Otto e Mezzo would be a stand-out in Italy, but in Hong Kong it really is amazing.
Ed's expert tip: Chef Bombana is also known as "The King of Truffles" in Hong Kong so that should give you a clue of what to order.