After seven years of working in Asia, founder of Sepa Giacomo Marzotto, whose previous prestigious titles include Country Manager of Taiwan at Valentino as well as investment consultant at Credit Suisse, was yet to find an authentically contemporary Italian restaurant. The choices at present oscillate between fairly high-end with prices to match or value-driven with inauthentic cuisine. Filling the void and creating regional Italian cuisine at reasonable prices, Sepa: Bacaro Veneziano strikes a balance between tradition and innovation without compromising on quality.
Enlisted is Italy’s youngest two Michelin star chef, 33 year old Enrico Bartolini, to head up the kitchen team and give a modern interpretation to traditional regional recipes. SEPA is Hong Kong’s first regional Italian concept which provides a 360 degree authentic experience that encompasses the heritage, history and culture of Venice. Meaning ‘cuttlefish’ in Venetian dialect, the name SEPA was chosen as it is popular ingredient in both Hong Kong and Venetian gastronomy. The most emblematic Venetian traditions are represented at SEPA through the artisanal work of selected craftsmen. Symbolism is rampant in the restaurant branding, paralleling Venice’s cultural and architectural heritage, and is based on the four characters (Truffaldino, Smeraldina, Beatrice and Florindo) who have been reinterpreted from the famous play “Servant of Two Masters” by Venetian Carlo Goldoni, among the most important playwrights of the 1700s.
“Centuries-old traditions which have been passed down through the generations are slowly disappearing as the youth of today are less interested in following in the family’s footsteps. Therefore, we wanted to showcase and promote these traditions and their expertise,” explained Marzotto. ” Our aim is to not only offer good food and wine but we also to give guests a chance to find out more about the heritage and culture of Venice which is so much more than what people see when they first visit Venice as a tourist.
Inspired by a traditional Venetian “bacaro”, a casual dining concept from the fifteenth century, the restaurant offers cicheti: bite-sized expressions of the Venetian culinary landscape. So now we spoilt-for-choice 825er’s have a little more culture and artisinal flair available, thanks to SEPA: Bacaro Veneziano, bringing Venice to HK.
61 Caine Road, Central; Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm until late; For reservations, please call 2521 9800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.