Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: Shop nos G5-8&12-17, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui 尖沙咀麼地道68號帝國中心G5-8及12-17號舖

Telephone: 2730 8027

http://www.divinogroup.com/restaurants/spasso/about-us/

“Spasso” means “happiness” and “joy” in Italian. An operation by the DiVino Group (the guys behind DiVino, DiVino Patio and Goccia), Spasso is an elegant Italian restaurant located at Empire Centre along the seafront in Tsim Sha Tsui East. With a space of over 6,000 square feet, a sleek open kitchen and a relaxing alfresco terrace overlooking the Victoria Harbour, Spasso is easily one of the most effortlessly stylish, unpretentious Italian restaurants in town.

Helmed by chef Michele Senigaglia, the kitchen serves up a selection of authentic, comforting Italian classics, while the bar features various signature cocktails made with house-infused vodkas. Prices are very reasonable at this classy eatery, and the service was friendly and gracious. If you come here during the week, set lunches are available from $155 to $188 per head, which all include a salad and antipasti buffet.

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(1) The salad & antipasti buffet ($155) is a good option if you feel like a light lunch, as a selection of fresh salads, hams, cheeses and appetisers are on offer.

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(2) Our table of 6 shared a platter of 500g burrata D.O.P with Italian cherry tomatoes and red onion salad ($395), which was intensely satisfying. The burrata tasted fresh, pristine and decadently creamy, and was a fabulous match with the juicy chopped tomatoes.

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(3) The Margherita pizza with tomato sauce, Mozzarella and fresh basil leaves ($168) was thin and deliciously moist, but I wished there was more cheese on it.

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(4) The homemade tagliatelle tossed with lamb ragout and “Pecorino di Fossa” ($198) was a complete delight. The homemade pasta had a beautiful, bouncy texture, while the lamb ragout was flavourful, soft and tender.

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(5) The Sardinian sea bass fillet with potato scales, sautéed spinach and orange-rosemary sauce ($298) was definitely a dish to be savoured – the sea bass was exquisitely juicy and delicate, while the finely sliced potato scales were alluringly crispy on the surface. The orange-rosemary sauce was complex and delightful too!

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(6) The traditional Sardinian style slow-roasted suckling pig flavored with fresh Mirto leaves ($198) was a job marvellously done – the pig’s skin was thick, wafer-like and crunchy, while the meat was satisfyingly soft and flavourful.

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(7) We were given some ice cream cornettes before our desserts arrived, which were incredibly cute and made all of us very happy!

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(8) Two servings of Spasso’s Sweet Kick Platter ($198) were brought to our table. My favourite dessert was the organic yoghurt bavaroise with passion fruit coulis, which benefited from the bright, citrus taste of passion fruit. The “Cremino” Tanzania single origins dark chocolate served with crème fraiche and biscotti was rich and velvety, and the liquid centre dark chocolate flan served with “26 espresso” ice cream was lovely, with the ice cream being remarkably packed with coffee flavour.

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(9) The Spasso’s Tiramisu garnished with red berries was decent but not particularly outstanding, and the cheese cake with cinnamon crumble, raspberry and wild berry coulis had a tad too much going on.

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(10) I finished off the meal with a cup of cafè latte ($38), which was hot, aromatic and well frothed.

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The food was consistent and accomplished, the prices were fair and the decor was relaxing and comfortable – these factors together made my lunch experience at Spasso completely enjoyable!