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The best fresh pasta in Hong Kong

Pasta: Italians can’t live without it and Hongkongers love it. But it has to be fresh. Time Out staff get the dough on which Hong Kong restaurants make the most perfect pastas on the premises.

Fish & Meat
With locally sourced ingredients, Fish & Meat has a reputation of serving up some of the freshest cuisine in Hong Kong. The farm-to-table philosophy brings food back to its traditional roots. While pasta may not be its most famous dish, the homemade carbs here shouldn’t be overlooked. Try the sea urchin and fresh squid ink linguini ($280), which brings a raft of new flavours to an Italian favourite. 32 Wyndham St, Central, 2565 6788; fishandmeat.hk.

Al Molo
Offering stunning views of Victoria Harbour, Al Molo Ristorante Italiano serves classic Italian cuisine in a New York-style atmosphere. Making all its pastas from scratch, celebrity chef Michael White hits a home run with his favourite – the mezzemaniche ($198). Made with short tube pasta that’s cooked with just the right amount of tenderness, as well as featuring cured pancetta and a carbonara sauce that’s to die for, this is one dish you won’t want to share. Ever. Shop G63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Tsa Shui, 2730 7900; diningconcepts.com.

Grissini
Grissini exudes romance with its contemporary design and Hong Kong skyline backdrop. This friendly restaurant has you salivating from your first step through the door, especially when you take in the aroma of the freshly baked breadsticks. Cooking traditional Italian cuisine, all the pastas here are made fresh – but you just have to try the homemade tagliolini in Pecorino cheese ($350). It’s incredible. 2/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, 2588 7722; hongkong.grand.hyatt.com.

Trattoria Doppio Zero
Here you can find wholesome Italian cuisine served up in a cosy atmosphere. The house-made pasta at Doppio Zero is cooked with just the right amount of chewiness, and the sauces are flavourful but not overpowering. The homemade ravioli is a star, especially when stuffed with a beetroot and gorgonzola filling ($138/$208). And for those who prefer a more traditional Italian taste, try another knockout on the menu – the braised short rib agnolotti ($148/$208). G/F, The Pemberton, 22 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, 2851 0682; doppiozero.com.hk.

Grappa’s Cellar
A place to experience authentic home-style Italian food and a spot of live entertainment, Grappa’s Cellar is one of the longest running Italian restaurants in Hong Kong. Making everything fresh in the kitchens and importing ingredients from Italy, you know you're getting true Italian quality and taste. The rigatoni al ragu ($115) is smothered in a rich meat and tomato sauce and is guaranteed to keep your taste buds happy to the last bite. B1, Jardine Hse, 1 Connaught Plc, Central, 2521 2322; elgrande.com.hk.

Linguini Fini
Linguini Fini believes in sustainability and buying fresh ingredients from local farmers. Every item on the menu is 100 percent homemade, so you can have a home-style meal without needing to clean up afterwards! The papardelle ‘nose to tail’ bolognese ($178 is hearty and cooked to perfection, with its pork, veal and oxtail notes. You’ll be back for more. 49 Elgin St, Central, 2387 6338; linguinifini.com.

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