Adding to the tasty opulence that has become renowned since its opening only a few months ago, Gradini Ristorante Italiano has opened its doors at The Pottinger, Hong Kong.
Adding classic and authentic Italian cuisine to the historic heart of the city, hearty Italian flavours are amplified by the elegant ambience and intimate old-world charm of The Pottinger Hong Kong, where East meets West and heritage meets modernity. Leading the charge is celebrated Italian chef, Giovanni Greggio, the former Head Chef of Nicholini’s at Conrad Hong Kong. During the time of his leadership, Nicholini’s received the international accolade of ‘Best Italian Restaurant Abroad’ from the President of Italy, Mr Oscar Luigi Scalfaro.
Born in Viterbo and hailing from Verona, Italy, Chef Greggio is passionate about celebrating Italian favourites, and draws inspiration from the freshest ingredients, with signature dishes like ‘Grigliata de polpo con spinaci in balsamico e olio di olive’, grilled Mediterranean octopus with citrus salad on a bed of hand-picked baby spinach leaves; and ‘Rigatoni Alla Norcina Piccanti’, pasta with Tuscan sausage in spicy tomato sauce with a generous sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
We had the pleasure of sampling some of the wonderful offerings last week and intend on writing a review in the upcoming November issue of Foodie. In the meantime, we particularly commend the Carpaccio beef which is so fragile it barely needs the fork to pull it apart, as well as the Mediterranean octopus that is lusciously chargrilled and tender, making it one of the better octopi we have had in this city!
Gradini Ristorante Italiano specialises in time-honoured Italian dishes, which can be preceded by an aperitif in the adjacent Gradini Bar that provides a most stylish and ambient escape. The signature Bellini Gradini Cocktail was a favourite; made with fresh peaches which are blended with champagne and grappa to create this romantic cocktail, originally inspired by a 15th century Venetian painting. With ‘Gradini’ the Italian word for steps, the Bellini Gradini is the perfect statement drink for the Gradini Bar and is a connotation of an elegant lady waiting on stone steps. It is nice of sheer luxury and we are excited to reveal more imminently!
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