Looking for a neighbourhood Italian restaurant in Wan Chai, Hong Kong? You’ve definitely got it in Pici!
On our last trip to Hong Kong over Easter we spent a lot of time exploring Wan Chai. We totally loved Elephant Grounds there and really enjoyed wandering around the small streets. We discovered Pici while on one of these wanders and quickly knew we needed to have dinner here ASAP. It’s no reservations (pretty rare for HK!) and with some outdoor seating it seemed perfect for the balmy April evening.
The menu is quite small and straightforward. It’s got some starters to share, including the Radicchio Salad – red and green mixed leaves, fresh goat cheese, balsamic and hazelnuts (HK$ 85) which we ended up having as a side. The pastas are the real highlight though. Dave had the Liquid parmesan ravioloni – beef ragu, butter, sage (HK$120). It ended up being a bit different to what we expected! We thought the ragu would be inside the ravioloni, turns out it’s kind of scattered around over the pasta parcels. Double thumbs up for this one though. What can go wrong with liquid parmesan?!
I had the Tagliatelle – porcini mushrooms, butter, parmesan (HK$140). Also a little bit different than what I expected! I feel like I’ve only ever had dried (and rehydrated, of course!) porcini mushrooms. This dish, however, came with fresh ones! They’re not as fragrant as the dried ones, but this was still a wonderful vegetarian pasta dish.
I thought this place was so well priced as well! The pasta mains were all the equivalent of around AU$25, even the tasting menu at HK$280/AU$48 is great value. Highly recommend Pici for a casual Italian night out – you can always head out into the Wan Chai bars afterwards!
GF, No. 16 St. Francis Yard
Wanchai, Hong Kong