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Italian Cuisine and It's significance in Hong Kong

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

The Italian community has undoubtedly left its mark on both the business and cultural environment of Hong Kong. It has dedicated much effort toward the initial development of the Food and Beverage Industry scene, by making the re-known financial hub into a diversified cultural hub for every individual.


毫无疑问,意大利社区在香港的商业和文化环境中留下了印记。它为食品饮料行业的初步发展付出了巨大的努力,将著名的金融中心打造成每个人的多元化文化中心。

An evening sunset scene of the Hong Kong harbor showing prominent buildings as the IFC tower, financial tower, International commerce tower and the ferry pier.


Beginning of an Era


The entry of many Italian immigrants into Hong Kong during the nineteenth century was drawn by the excellent location of Hong Kong and its fast-paced development. The need to provide Italian cuisine and the want of many international customers brought in the desire to establish many brick & mortar Italian restaurants to provide everyone with an impeccable taste of true Italian dishes, wine, and astounding hospitality. One of the first Italian restaurants to have opened up in 1969 was La Taverna at On Hing Terrace in Central, Hong Kong.


香港优越的地理位置和快速的发展吸引了许多意大利移民在十九世纪进入香港。提供意大利美食的需求和许多国际客户的需求促使人们希望建立许多实体意大利餐厅,为每个人提供无可挑剔的正宗意大利菜肴、葡萄酒和令人惊叹的热情好客。位于香港中环安兴台的 La Taverna 是 1969 年最早开业的意大利餐厅之一。

A couple having Italian pasta and wine in an Italian restaurant in Hong Kong.


Contribution to the Food & Beverage Industry


There are plenty of reasons why Italian food is popular all over the world and not just in Hong Kong. Its refined ingredients provide essence to each dish which is made taking a balance of both simplicity and elegance. Especially, the introduction of their unique wine from various regions of Italy some being quite famous in the wine sector such as the Barbaresco and Barolo. The cooking-from-scratch concept was introduced in a very early stage when chefs would show off their skills of making pasta in the most unremarkable manner which always left many of the guests in awe.

意大利美食不仅在香港而在世界各地广受欢迎,原因有很多。其精致的食材为每道菜提供了精髓,并在简约与优雅之间取得了平衡。尤其是引进来自意大利各个地区的独特葡萄酒,其中一些在葡萄酒界颇有名气,如巴巴莱斯科(Barbaresco)和巴罗洛(Barolo)。从头开始烹饪的概念很早就被引入,当时厨师们会以最不起眼的方式展示他们制作面食的技巧,这总是让许多客人惊叹不已。

Italian food always had a long list of options to choose from, it could be a simple spaghetti aglio e olio, rustic pizza, or an appetizer with delicate salmon caviar. Whatever it may be, the main focus was to always bring a feeling of warmth, comfort, family & friendship.


意大利美食总是有很长的选择可供选择,可以是简单的干炒意大利面、质朴的披萨,也可以是带有精致鲑鱼鱼子酱的开胃菜。不管是什么,主要的重点是始终带来温暖、舒适、家庭和友谊的感觉。

Today, Hong Kong boasts many Italian restaurants from a high class 3 Michelin-starred restaurant the 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana and Carbone to casual dining restaurants such as Pici and Monteverdi Restaurant.


如今,香港拥有许多意大利餐厅,从高级的米其林三星级餐厅 8 1/2 Otto E Mezzo Bombana 和 Carbone,到休闲餐厅如 Pici 和 Monteverdi Restaurant。

On the present date, if it is a Valentine, a birthday, a wedding, an anniversary or a family and friends gathering many of them tend to choose an Italian Restaurant as one of their top priority restaurants to go to since Italian taste buds have never failed.


如今,如果是情人节、生日、婚礼、周年纪念日或亲朋好友聚会,很多人都会选择意大利餐厅作为首选餐厅之一,因为意大利的味蕾从来没有失败的。


A wooden table having various food on it such as tomato basil spaghetti, white wine, red wine, olives and burrata cheese



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