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Fiamma

Fiamma, which opened recently at the newly redeveloped Peak Galleria, is the latest joint endeavour between famed Michelin-starred Chef Enrico Bartolini and Sandip Gupta, a highly successful Hong Kong–based restaurateur. Fiamma – meaning ‘flame’ in Italian – aims to deliver down-home hearty Italian comfort food amidst a relaxing and homey setting, with generously portioned dishes perfect for sharing.

An open kitchen dominates the main dining area, which is draped in friendly colours and Mediterranean décor. A large outdoor patio fronts the piazza, offering relaxed and coveted views of the crowd and the Peak itself, a perfect spot for food and drinks with friends and family.

For our lunch, we were there to try out some of Fiamma’s popular dishes. The restaurant offers a Mediterranean seasonal menu, with most of its ingredients sourced from Italy, augmented by fresh ingredients from elsewhere. It also makes its own fresh pasta and bakes bread in-house.

We shared two appetisers to warm up. First was the Tartare Di Bue Piemontese ($188), which comes highly recommended. This flavourful dish from Italy’s Piedmont region is made from local Fassona beef and served with Parmigiano-Reggiano fondue, topped with quail egg yolk and black truffle – the tartare is superb.

The other antipasti, Burrata E Pomodori ($158), which is burrata cheese, taggiasca olives, heirloom tomatoes, basil crumble and extra virgin olive oil, is fresh and nicely chewy.

For pasta dishes, Fiamma uses either pasta freshly made in-house or the premium Mancini pasta made from durum wheat and produced in the middle of the wheat field in northeast Italy. We chose Linguine All’astice ($328), linguine “Mancini”, half lobster, tomato, garlic and parsley. The dish is delicious and highly appetising and goes well with either prosecco or white wine.

Fiamma offer a nice selection of wines, cocktails, and beers. We enjoyed a sampling including for our starters a Casa Gheller Brut Prosecco from Veneto, Italy ($450/bottle) and a dry 2019 Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand ($580/bottle) – both are delightful to drink.

Risotto Al Frutti Di Mare ($228) was next, a mixed-seafood dish made with Acquerello risotto, squids, mussels, Sicilian red prawn, scallop, lobster bisque, samphire and lemon – the dish is zesty and tangy. For the main course, we opted for Ribeye Di Marango ($448), which is 300g Marango beef ribeye with beef jus, bearnaise and salsa verde. The Marango is a crossbreed between a Maremmana cow, raised in roaming pastures, and Aberdeen Angus Bull. The resulting beef is juicy and flavourful, with a firm but tender texture to its meat. We enjoyed a nice glass of 2018 Coste della Sesia ($108) from Travalinni, Piedmont and Niebiolo 2016 Il Palazzo Chianti Rieserva ($98) from Tuscany to accompany our dishes.

We finished the dinner with two classic desserts, Tiramisu ($88) – Savoiardi biscuits, mascarpone cream and arabica espresso and Cannoli ($88) – deep-fried dough, dark chocolate chips, ricotta, and sugar.

Our wonderful lunch at Fiamma was delicious and was exactly what we seek in Italian comfort food.

If you are looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city below, Fiamma is your choice – we highly recommend it.■

 

 

 

Shop G02, Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, Hong Kong

 
2657 0800

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