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Specializing in southern Italian fare in an opulent sky-high setting Tosca is a sublime dining experience
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Rd. West, Hong Kong

The Overview

The two-Michelin-star chef Pino Lavarra tends to get excited when speaking about his menu at Tosca. In terms of Italian food trends, he says, what has changed, at least in Asia, is that a handful of top Italian menus focus specifically on ingredients from a particular region. Call it Italian food as Italians eat. "I believe that southern Italy is still unspoiled, so when I put something on a plate it might look contemporary but the real taste comes from the south," Lavarra says. "When you see any dish here, everyone asks, 'Is this Italian?' When they taste it, they know it is." A perfect example is his spaghetti alla chitarra with baby squid. The dish is wrapped in swordfish paper—tender, wafer-thin sheets of sashimi—lending it a vaguely Vietnamese feel, but the black olive oil lets your palate know this is purely Italian. Says Lavarra: "It's a game. We're still talking about the same ingredients, but they're put together in a different way." That explains the Mediterranean red prawn carpaccio that lends a briny flavor to Lavarra's Sea Tiramisù dish. Not everything on his menu is a mystery though: the Mediterranean tuna in a caper sauce looks and tastes like it could only come from the waters off the Italian coast.

Tel: +852 2263 2270



Published on Feb 28, 2014

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