pici central now open: hong kong’s pasta obsession has a new home

Hong Kong – Pici’s new pasta bar has opened its shutters on Aberdeen Street. After the opening of Pici in St. Francis Yard, Wan Chai early this year, Hong Kong’s appetite for homemade pasta has been growing. Feeding the demand, Pirata Group brings Pici’s satisfying, affordable and casual dining vibe to the neighborhood in Soho. Pici Central serves up the pasta bar’s much-loved signature dishes and introduces some new exclusives to the menu.

Pici Central seats 65 in a cosy and inviting 1600 sq. ft. space. Designed for diners to feel at home, the restaurant features warm lighting, alcove bookshelves and vintage black and white photographs hanging on the walls. Diners can sit in groups at booth seating or at the long, marble bar where they can watch Chef Andrea and the Pici team carefully hand-roll and hand-pull the freshly made pasta.

“Pici serves real pasta that we Italian’s are so passionate about. You can really taste the difference in quality, flavour and texture of pasta that is fresh and homemade daily.  Our attention to comfortingly simple recipes is what keeps our customers coming back, and we’re so excited to give Pici a new home”, says talented young Executive Chef Andrea Viglione.

Pici Central’s new and exclusive dishes include the Garganelli (HKD 130) served with duck ragu, cauliflower and Szechuan peppers, the creamy Plin ravioli (HKD 140) stuffed with rich gorgonzola, sautéed with porcini mushrooms and mascarpone, the seafood Tagliatelle (HKD150), cooked in a delicate saffron cream sauce featuring mussels, garlic oil and chili, as well as the special Girasole Carbonara (HKD120), which has only limited serves every day. New starters include a twist on Beef tartare (HKD120) with the nutty flavour of Xerez vinegar, mushrooms and vibrant red radish.

Chef Andrea’s vast pasta knowledge is showcased with daily specials, a regularly rotating menu featuring seasonal ingredients and fresh, gluten-free pasta options. Pici’s menu is best enjoyed shared, and the Tasting Menu has a selection of starters, mains and desserts at HKD280 per person is perfect for diners who can’t resist trying everything.

Plates of fresh pasta at Pici Aberdeen Street go down perfectly with the selection of carefully curated wines available by the glass or carafe as well as the short and sweet list of Italy’s beloved aperitifs: Aperol SpritzNegroni and Bellini, all at HKD90.

Now open all day for lunch and dinner starting at 12 noon from Monday to Sunday and brunch on weekends, the no reservations and no service charge restaurant is the perfect spot for Italian-style comfort this winter.

Pasta la vista, baby!