Situated on the corner of Staunton and Aberdeen streets near PMQ, Stazione Novella's theme takes inspiration from the simple Italian bars around the Florence train station.
Delightfully, the restaurant will be serving breakfast, starting with fresh coffee made with a state of the art La Marzocco machine, thirst-quenching fresh orange juice and Tuscan pastries. An all-day menu then ensues; craveable panini, bruschette, salumi and cheeses made with premium ingredients imported from Italy. And yes, the above is a Nutella filled grilled panini.
A regular refresher at all of Florence’s most popular bars, the effervescent Sgroppino al Limone (HK$98) is an icy blend of either limoncello or lemon sorbet and prosecco— perfect for combatting the Hong Kong heat. Also on the cocktail menu are distinctly Italian summer favourites like the Negroni and Aperol Spritz (both HK$78).
The renowned hospitality group’s newest concept is the result of the bittersweet travel experience of the group’s co-founder and managing partner, Christopher Mark. “I was pickpocketed in Napoli shortly before I boarded a train to Florence. I found myself stranded in the capital of Tuscany at Stazione Santa Maria Novella, waiting helplessly for a cash transfer to arrive. An Italian gentleman took pity on me and bought me a panino while I killed time. Even at the train station the standard of the food was amazing — I was inspired by both the kind hospitality of the locals and the unpretentious Florentine cuisine.”
References to the thriving activity of a train station reflect the source of the concept’s inspiration and enhance Stazione Novella’s transient offering. Inside, a custom made flip clock displays updated departure times and destinations, whilst an authentic Seiko hanging clock marks the bar’s position on Staunton Street.
Stazione Novella; 52-56 Staunton Street, SoHo
Soft opening: 6pm ‘til late (limited menu), Official opening hours: 9am ‘til late.