NEW AND NOTED
When it comes to Italian food, simplicity usually works best—a motto that chef and restaurateur Gianni Caprioli has taken to heart at the new
Star Street location of (Shop 1, G/F, Tower 1 Starcrest, 9 Star St., Wan Chai, 2511-8912). While the old Fenwick Pier resto still operates as a casual café serving up Gianni’s signature thin-crust pizzas, the new space is a place to linger over great wine and food—a cozy Italian trattoria with premium imported ingredients shining through in the rustic, simplistic menu executed by head chef David Tamburini. Start off with a Mediterranean-style carpaccio of scallops, red shrimp and yellowtail ($238) or baked scamorza cheese with grilled radicchio and saba dressing ($198). Mains include meat and seafood, thin-crust pizzas, and fresh handmade pasta such as the aglio e olio with sea urchin and bottarga ($298). The weekday set lunch menu is affordably priced at $268 for three courses, but the brunch is the real steal with a semi-buffet, a main and a dessert for just $288. Add on free-flow Contadi Castaldi for $208, an Italian sparkling wine that’s just the ticket to a lazy afternoon.
Giando Roast rabbit with spring vegetables at Giando