I'm Italian and I live in Asia and HK since many years, I love food and wine and from time to time I have been also involved in some F&B activity as consultant and business developer for Italian companies exploring the Asian markets, all this to say that I know when a restaurant is good or not.
I went twice to La Piola in the past two weeks , I met Marc, Enrico and Stefano, rispectivelly the Assistant Manager , the Manager and the Executive Chef.
The first time I was with some Japanese suppliers, and with the help of Enrico and Marc we enjoyed a business lunch with happiness and joe for a delicious food.
Enrico, 100% Italian is a great entertainer and even able to fluently speak Japanese so ... he really put us in a very confortable atmospher teasing us with delicious food and offering some dishes as well !!!!
We start with a mix of salami, coppa, ham and several regional Piedmont cheese , we enjoyed a great Nebbiolo wine .
We had fantastic Agnolotti ( piedmont dumpling) , and a tartar of FASSONE meat ... really AMAZING !!!
Yesterday I went with my business parter and we had again the agnolotti and a crazy artichoke, nuts and parmiggiano cheese salad .
Chef Stefano Rossi is a great young Chef but with already many years of experience in top level restaurants in Torino , arrived in HK since the opening of La Piola has been able to train and educate a great staff of assistants in the beautiful open kitchen, I'm sure that Stefano will be able to surprise us with an amazing career and new dishes with respect of the traditional Piedmont cuisine.
Yes, price it was not exactly popular but on the other hand the raw materials are freshly and directed imported from Italy, who is familiar with the HK life knows that the rental fee are simply crazy, the food was great same as the wine ... so how can I complain ?
I will be back again!
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