Renowned for TV appearances on shows like Iron Chef America as much as the bold Italian flavors that headline his 18 restaurants, celebrity New York chef Mario Batali opened a faithful interpretation of his New York trattoria Lupa in Hong Kong. The launch represents the orange croc-wearing chef's third Asian venture after Osteria Mozza and the more casual Pizzeria Mozza debuted at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands in 2011.
Situated in the upscale LHT Tower in Central, the look of the place stays true to the warm, homey feel of its mother restaurant—smart wooden furnishings, soft yellow lighting—as does the menu, with New York favorites such as Ricotta Gnocchi with Sweet Fennel Sausage and Crispy Duck with Salsify and Saba among the stand-outs. What's most striking about Batali's latest venture, however, is its spacious 762 square meter outdoor terrace, which provides well-heeled Hong Kongers with a new place to hang out over Negronis and Peronis.
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