No. 5 Italian
Italian. Shop P311, Podium 3, World Trade Centre, 280 Gloucester Rd., Causeway Bay, 2554-2228. Once just a cozy neighborhood Italian joint in Tai Hang, this Michelin-recommended restaurant has opened a second location at World Trade Centre.
HIT Pastas and pizzas are made fresh in-house every day. The signature Johnny’s Style pizza ($138 for an 8” appetizer size) was a simple combination of thinly sliced, melt-in-your-mouth Parma ham and fresh arugula on a crispy thin wood-fired crust. Sea urchin tagliatelle ($198) had a sizable portion of deep orange uni, and its sweet flavor complemented the mushroom and truffle flavors. The wagyu cheek pappardelle ($198) had tender, fall-apart meat.
MISS Sadly, each dish we ordered had a glaring flaw. The buffalo mozzarella on the pizza turned out to be the bland melted kind. The uni pasta was swimming in too much sauce. The pappardelle noodles with the wagyu were clumped together, washed in an uninspiring, strangely nutty sauce. The kitchen seems to have an unhealthy fixation with truffle oil, because you’ll sniff it everywhere, even when it’s uncalled for in a dish.
BOTTOM LINE While some flavors are crowd-pleasers, uneven cooking means we’ll look elsewhere for our comfort food fix. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-11pm. $$