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Originally published by Shania Siu. Last updated by Celia Lee.
Making a pasta dish might sound simple—you boil the pasta, add in some sauce, and the magic happens all on its own, delighting taste buds with every forkful. However, in reality, to even the most casual pasta-holic, making an unforgettable plate of pasta is regarded as a revered art form—many have tried, but few have truly succeeded.
With the staggering number of restaurants serving their own rendition of pasta dishes across the city, it’s sometimes quite a hassle to find the pasta dish that will make you keep coming back for more. Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Here’s to no more pasta misses, just pasta hits—below is a list of the best places for pasta in Hong Kong at all price points, so you can plan your upcoming pasta escapades with ease.
There’s no better deal for pasta than at BYOB Coffee Roaster, where you get your desired toppings piled high atop well-seasoned pasta, all at jaw-dropping prices. Opt for the ever-popular carbonara ($70), the seafood with squid ink spaghetti ($95), the Hokkaido scallop and mentaiko spaghetti ($100), and the spaghetti with mixed wild mushrooms in black truffle cream sauce ($70).
Luckily, most—if not all—of its pasta dishes are well-loved by their diners, so order with the comfort of knowing that whatever you are in the mood to have, it will be delicious. Grab a friend or two and each order a dish (or more) to share, so you can each enjoy a satisfying helping of BYOB Coffee Roaster’s delectable pasta highlights!
Netizens and friends have been raving about Beans for quite a while now, and after trying it out for ourselves, here we are, raving about it to you! Even months after our first trip to Beans, we still cannot forget the taste of the signature soft-shell crab black truffle spaghetti ($98)—perhaps the biggest reason why we cannot get enough of Beans. Here’s a quick tip: You can also get this dish for only $74 on weekdays, from 11 am to 6 pm.
Beans is not just famous for its pasta, however, as they also serve a mean cheesecake for an added $25 to any main course. Book in advance if you want to skip the walk-in line, especially at their flagship location!
Yes, you have heard of this one already, we know. Its reputation precedes it—Pirata Group’s Pici has long been a favourite of pasta fanatics in Hong Kong. Its pappardelle beef cheek ($140) and tagliolini truffle ($180) are absolutely unbeatable, especially when coupled with their mouth-watering starters and bustling atmosphere. Pasta here is handmade, of course, which adds to the unforgettable texture of each dish.
Aside from the à la carte menu, Pici also offers a build-your-own tasting menu, lunch sets, and brunch sets, with menus changing weekly and prices varying according to the Pici outlet you are visiting. Currently, Pici is offering a truffle menu this season. If you find it hard to decide on what to get, ask the friendly staff for more information when you get there!
While Fini’s is best known for its fantastic dining deal that entails free-flow chicken wings, fries, and beer, the pasta dishes at this Italian-American establishment are equally irresistible. From the eye-catching exterior and modern design to the walls, plates, and even menus, everything about this joint is stylish and attractive.
Try the homemade pappardelle Mafaldine Bolognese (starting from $165), the homemade tagliatelle with truffled shrimp and lobster (starting from $215), and the typhoon shelter crab linguini fini (starting from $155). Be sure to also order the famous pork and veal meatballs (starting from $135), signature Fini’s hot wings (starting from $135), and pizzas with homemade mozzarella (starting from $165), too!
Presentable and palatable, the food at Involtini is appetising beyond belief—that will explain why this restaurant is always filled to the brim with customers all the time! All of its pasta is handmade, too, so you know you are in for a one-of-a-kind Involtini experience that is wholesome and made with care.
Lovers of this pasta bar know exactly what to get: the classic handmade tagliolini carbonara ($168), handmade tagliatelle with pork ragu ($188), and fettuccine with beef ragu ($208). But if you are in for a little upgrade into a more luxurious meal, try the handmade tagliolini with Carabineros red prawn, scallop, and red prawn sauce ($420). Of course, to top it all off, be sure to have some delicious dessert, too!
Involtini, 11/F, The L Square, 459–461 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2658 2128
While we did not mean to take “hidden gems” quite so literally, Dough Kitchen is exactly that—a stylish pasta bar tucked behind the lively district of Causeway Bay, sitting comfortably adjacent to Tai Hang Road amidst many small restaurants. Dough Kitchen is famous for their unique take on handmade pasta—their signature sea urchin pasta ($228) makes them stand head and shoulders above your run-of-the-mill Italian restaurant.
Other delightful dishes include their sukiyaki Wagyu cheek tagliatelle ($188), Wagyu bolognese ($188), the vongole ($188), and many more. Finally, as their name implies, Dough Kitchen specialises in all matters dough-related, so be sure to try their other signature dishes, such as the Parma ham pizza (starting from $138), as well.
Dough Kitchen, 21B Brown Street, Tai Hang | (+852) 2688 7008
For over 25 years, Grappa’s has served Hong Kong with excellent Italian dishes. In fact, believe it or not, Grappa’s signature pasta dish—the fettuccine nere ($170)—is a long-time childhood favourite of ours! It features homemade pasta made with squid ink, topped with large, fresh shrimp, and a cream sauce sautéed with cognac. Once you try it, you will start having insatiable, recurring cravings for it throughout the week!
Other signatures include their spaghetti marinara ($170) and linguine tutto mare ($190)—linguine and assorted seafood in tomato sauce—but frankly, it’s a struggle for choice from their extensive and top-notch pasta menu. Here’s a little bonus: Order Chef Cosimo’s signature steak ($368) for a lovely surprise!
Grappa’s QRE, 18 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai | (+852) 2868 0086
It’s extra refreshing to enjoy handmade pasta with well-seasoned seafood cooked to perfection next to a stunning sea view. At this artisan pasta bar, traditional pasta dishes are served right in front of Repulse Bay Beach—what a way to have a memorable meal!
Grab yourself the penne alla vodka ($150)—a simple dish flawlessly prepared for your unbridled pleasure; the bucatini amatriciana ($150); the tagliolini alle vongole ($170); and the classic mussels ($170) for a splendid meal in a quiet and tranquil corner of Hong Kong.
Fratelli, Shop 112B, 1/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay | (+852) 2887 0082
Black Sheep Restaurants’ New York-Italian joint is not to be missed—take it from us, and the many Hongkongers who have long ranked Carbone as one of the city’s top destinations for the finest handmade pasta.
Its spicy rigatoni vodka and lobster ravioli —two of Carbone’s most in-demand signature dishes—are beyond addictive, to say the least. In order to elevate what it means to be at a high-end, stylish restaurant, Carbone even serves their pasta dishes on artistic plates and other tableware! Be a part of the in-crowd by swinging by one of the hottest places for pasta, and try out the other delectable options on its menu, too.
Carbone, 9/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central | (+852) 2593 2593
Who knew that Happy Valley had its very own Michelin-recommended Italian restaurant? Locanda dell’Angelo is an inconspicuous pasta spot that’s famous for its red prawn pasta!
If you are tired of ordering the usual way and want to get a taste of as many dishes as you can, mix and match their various dishes by building your own tasting menu. Get four courses for $1,180 per person and five courses for $1,480 per person; the tasting menu includes your own choice of tapas, appetiser, pasta, main courses, and dessert from their entire à la carte menu. Keep in mind, its brunch menu changes every once in a while, so check back often on its Facebook page for menu updates!
Locanda dell’Angelo, 12 Yuen Yuen Street, Happy Valley | (+852) 3709 2788
Fine dining, one Michelin star, floor-to-ceiling windows, chandeliers way above your head—all this is just the tip of the iceberg when dining at Tosca di Angelo. Situated on the hundredth-and-second floor of the cloud-caressing ICC, this acclaimed restaurant is all about high-end cuisine. Chef Angelo Agliano, a Sicilian chef with extensive experience around the globe, highlights the vibrant essence of southern Italy, so call in advance to book yourself a chance to taste the flavours of Sicily with the Victoria Harbour in the background.
Tosca di Angelo, 102/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2263 2270
It would be completely unjustified for this list to not include the first and only Italian restaurant outside Italy with three Michelin stars: 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, the epitome of high-end Italian dining in Hong Kong.
Under the guidance of head chef Umberto Bombana—hailed by many as the “best Italian chef in Asia” and “the king of white truffles”—8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana obtained two Michelin stars mere months after its opening in 2010, with the third being awarded in 2011. Bombana has kept all of his stars since, which is certainly more than enough evidence for the restaurant’s consistent and superior quality.
Every detail of each dish is meticulously planned and prepared in order to feature flavours and textures that exceed expectations. Even so, Chef Bombana’s known for his expert use of white truffles, so keep your eye out for their white truffle pasta dishes!
8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana, Shop 202, 2/F, Alexandra House, 16–20 Chater Road, Central | (+852) 2537 8859
Fans of authentic Italian grub, bookmark this new addition to the Hong Kong dining scene. Serving up local flavours from Naples and Sorrento, Crust Sorrento brings a selection of pizzas, focaccia, salads, desserts, and pasta to the Tseung Kwan O Waterfront Promenade.
Highlight dishes include the Crust speciality spaghetti carbonara that adds a twist to the traditional recipe. Its seafood linguine combines the best of the sea with premium pasta in a dish that matches perfectly with the location of the restaurant. All pasta dishes are priced from $128 to 188—perfect for an evening out by the sea with friends and family. Head over to the authentic ristorante for a slice of southern Italy in Hong Kong!
Crust Sorrento, Shop 05, G/F, Monterey Complex, 23 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O