Hong Kong’s newest Italian restaurant, Castellana pays homage to the culinary landscape and culture of Northern Italy’s Piedmont region.
There are few foodscapes quite as intriguing as Piedmont. From truffles to artisanal cheeses and boutique wines, this rugged, scrappy corner of Italy is a place of pilgrimage for foodies from across the globe. However, for those who don’t want to fork out for an airline ticket, Castellana opens this month in Central Hong Kong.
Helmed by Piedmont-born chef Romeo Morelli, the new two-storey space in Club Lusitano, on historic Ice House Street, will present Hong Kong gourmands with an impeccable Piedmontese culinary journey with refined craftsmanship.
Nestled at the foot of the Italian Alps, Piedmont is a world-renowned gourmet destination. Its native wine varieties, including in-demand Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera d’Asti and Cortese di Gavi, are grown in the foothills surrounding Turin, with the stunning vineyards classified as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Piedmont is also famed for its incredibly rich and diverse culinary landscape: the Slow Food Movement started in the region, and the area is also home to some of the greatest truffles available anywhere in the world.
Having garnered an impressive array of international experience that belies his 28 years, Morelli proudly showcases his native region’s abundant flavours and ingredients. His culinary creations are infused with a strong sense of place that features his own creative Piedmontese twists on traditional and authentic regional dishes.
The new restaurant, designed by JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, boasts a chef-centred “cucina di casa” concept on the lower floor and an expansive dining room on the upper floor. Seeking to create a sense of timelessness that references rustic antiquity with a contemporary Italian design sensibility, the restaurant features wall-to-wall vineyard-inspired carpeting, burl wood rustica ceilings, painterly frescoed wall coverings, artful draperies, handcrafted Italian lightings, and youthful yet classic dining chairs.
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