Eating Out: Date Night at Pici Pasta Bar
There's a new Italian place in the 852, and I for one am thrilled about it.
Hong Kong has its fair share of Italian spots all over the city -- there's even an outpost of New York City's Carbone where bow-tie-wearing waiters pour Limoncello shots while Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons play on loop. And there's not one but two Motorino outposts to satisfy that brick-oven pizza craving.
But by and large, the Italian options in Hong Kong are overwhelmingly similar -- dishes are over-salted, overpriced and generally unimpressive. So that's why I was pleasantly surprised when my husband took me to Pici, the newly opened neighborhood pasta bar serving up fresh, hand-rolled pasta made daily.
The 56-seat restaurant prides itself on being down to earth, approachable and affordable, which are the main reasons I fell in love with it. Well, that and our waiter bringing over bread wrapped in paper and pouring olive oil and balsamic vinegar into my side plate as soon as I sat down helped as well. A belated thank you to that kind person.
Pici doesn't feel like a place that's trying too hard. As a result, the restaurant offers up great food for -- FINALLY -- reasonable prices. I'm all for splurging on a fancy pasta dish once in a while, but when a simple spaghetti in tomato sauce costs $25 USD and the lowest priced Chianti is $60 USD, I'd prefer to just go to the grocery store and make my own meal. (By the way, this is my favorite tomato sauce recipe.)
Thankfully, that's not the case at Pici Pasta Bar.
The restaurant is located in Wan Chai’s St. Francis Yard, right by Star Street. Pici does not take reservations, but feel free to happily order a glass of wine as you wait in the quiet neighborhood. And if you can, grab a seat at the pasta bar so you can watch the staff roll, cut and stuff fresh pasta all night long.
Pici is open Monday - Saturday for lunch and dinner. Happy eating!