Hong Kong doesn’t exactly have a shortage of Italian restaurants at the moment, but we’re excited to welcome one more. Today we learned that chef Enrico Bartolini plans to open a new restaurant, Spiga, in Central next month. Having consulted on the menu at Sepa when it opened two years ago, this won’t be the chef’s first foray into the local dining scene, but Spiga will be his first proper restaurant here. Bartolini, Italy’s youngest holder of two Michelin stars, is expected to open Spiga for lunch and dinner sometime in late November.
Spiga is the chef’s first restaurant outside Italy, where he is famous for his eateries in Milan, Bergamo and Castiglione della Pescaia. Though he was born in Tuscany, his cooking style fuses the traditions of Lombardy and Piedmont, in northeastern Italy, and he uses top-notch ingredients to create contemporary dishes. Here in Hong Kong, Bartolini will serve a tasting menu of the original recipes that earned him his Michelin stars. Expect Italian classics such as osso buco and vitello tonnato made with contemporary flair.
Though renderings or photos haven’t yet been made available, we have high hopes for Spiga’s design, which is being created by Joyce Wang, celebrated for her work at Rhoda and Mott 32. Here, she and her team will try to capture the romance of vintage Italy, like something out of a 1950s movie. The 128-seat interior will be divided into thematic areas that evoke olive groves and urban train stations while being outfitted with terrazzo stone floors and 60 pieces of vintage lighting and iconic furniture pieces. The goal is for diners to experience a different side of Italy each time they visit Spiga.
Aside from a main dining room, Spiga features a bar, private room and expansive terrace. We’ll be sure to share more details as they’re announced, so watch this space for more.
Spiga, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2871 0055, diningconcepts.com/Spiga