Italian Dishes in the region of Puglia: The Italian restaurant Romato is named after the ramato tomato, a round variety that grows in the region of Puglia on branches. Chef Antimo Maria Merone of Estro presents a menu of authentic southern Italian dishes to feed families in the neighborhood, paired with classic cocktails.
Look & Feel: Paying tribute to its ancestry and history, the team adorns the previous restaurant space designed by Istanbul-based studio Autoban with artworks that brings you to Southern Italy. The underground bar area features hand-painted murals of Napoli by Elsa Jean de Dieu. After a drink, guests can walk up the stairs to the dining area accompanied by portraiture by Ghanaian artist Wahab Saheed, as well as canvas work by American artist Jeff Elrod. Screened with floral prints and wallpaper, the restaurant serves an authentic Italian meal in a painted rustic Sicilian lemon garden.
On The Menu: Start your meal with the Italian classic Bruschetta (HK$68 for 2 pcs) with roughly chopped Datterino tomatoes, oregano, garlic and extra virgin olive oil on crusty sourdough baguette slices. Follow up with Sauteed Clams (HK$158) that use local clams sautéed with garlic, parsley, Datterino tomatoes, and white wine to prepare your tastebuds for the main dishes.
During its soft opening period, Romato is offering 6 pasta dishes. A re-invention of the iconic Spaghetti Pomodori, the Dry Spaghetti with Ramato Tomato Sauce (HK$148) presents dry durum wheat spaghetti soaked in the restaurant’s signature tomato sauce made from Ramato tomatoes and preserved cherry tomatoes, parmigiano, and basil. If you are craving something non-vegetarian, try the Homemade Pappardelle Ragu (HK$178), rich in the flavor of slowly simmered eggplant and Sagabuta pork ragu, seasoned with black pepper and fresh parmigiano. Guest with a pescatarian diet would also love Romato’s Homemade Fettuccine with king prawns, zucchini and mint (HK$228), a refreshing dish perfect for the spring/summer season.
With a beverage program designed by mixologist Mario Calderone of one Michelin-starred Duddell’s Hong Kong, the restaurant offers its guests a variety of cocktails to complement the food that ranges from Italian Classics, Modern Classics, Hall of Fame Classics, and Signature Drinks.
Great For: Family, big gatherings!
FYI: Please stay close to Romato’s website and socials for its grand opening.
This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.