Italy’s youngest two-Michelin-starred chef dishes the details of his favourite restaurants
Del Posto, New York
For an authentic American-Italian atmosphere, this eatery in Manhattan is without comparison. Chef Mark Ladner creates Italian cooking to match the stunning interiors with a cuisine that thrills. It’s a place that offers you amazing flavours served with passion and somewhere you’ll want to go back to time and again. Try the pastas, they are insanely good, but no matter what you pick, you won’t be disappointed.
Favourite dish: Scallops carpaccio.
With an attitude that proclaims ‘why have less when you can have more?’, this quirky gastronomic playground in the heart of Mayfair is quite something. Housed in a grand, sprawling 18th century townhouse, pink is the order of the day with scalloped pink velvet booths and pink metallic woodwork. This is teamed with hundreds of whimsical black and white sketches adorning the walls. The staff sport uniforms just as outlandish. The cuisine is adventurous and full of technical mastery while the dishes are imaginative and the flavours both bold and delicious.
Favourite dish: Whole-roasted duck.
8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombano, Hong Kong
In my opinion, this place represents one of the most beautiful examples of the success of Italian cuisine outside of Italy. In fact, it’s the first three Michelin-starred Italin restaurant not located in the country. Chef Umberto Bombano heads up the kitchen at this spot in Central in the elegant Alexandra House, which overlooks the bustling Chater Road. The food is delicious with ingredients sourced not just from Europe, but from the world over.
Favourite dish: Royal prawns with the famous bombano sauce.
Classic and elegant, this is Italian dining in style, which fits perfectly with its surrounds in the sleek DIFC area of Dubai. In this homegrown eatery, tables are dressed in white, the lighting is low and moody and it’s consistently busy – something that won’t surprise you once you get a mouthful of the delicious cuisine on offer. An abundance of flavours and a taste of Italy, this place is modern and romantic and is a great example of first-class cooking coupled with a funky vibe and super popular after-dinner bar. The service is also spot on.
Favourite dish: The delicious Roberto’s pizza.