In only two years since Pici opened, the team behind the Star Street restaurant has brought their handmade pasta to three more locations.
The restaurant famously takes no reservations and is known for queues that crowd neighbouring blocks – long waits that prove worth it, if the restaurant’s swift expansion is any indication. First with locations in Wan Chai and Central, the restaurant last year branched out to Tsim Sha Tsui and, not long after, to Sha Tin.
In that time, head chef Andrea has been getting to know his new home of Hong Kong. The self-taught chef has cooked in restaurants around Turin from the age of 16, specialising in cuisine from the Piedmont region. For a time he opened his own restaurant, which also operated as a book store, until the draw of opportunity in Hong Kong came calling.
With Pici’s latest turf in the New Territories district of Sha Tin, chef Andrea generously shares his favourite spots around the neighbourhood. Read on through the gallery below.
Sha Tin 18 at Hyatt Regency
"I particularly like the Peking duck from this restaurant and it’s always entertaining to watch the chefs in action through the lively open kitchen."
4/F, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin
(Photo: Courtesy of Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin)
Lion Rock Hike
"This hike has amazing views and is a great way for me to get some exercise on my days off."
"Visiting the Dai Pai Dong is truly a hallmark local experience when in the Sha Tin area. Almost every dish is delicious and I always look forward to going back for more."
Shop 5, G/F, Phase 2, Kings Wing Plaza, 3 On Kwan Street, Shek Mun, Sha Tin
(Photo: Courtesy of Queen_cheer via OpenRice)
"One of the best places to go for Hong Kong-style roast meats. I would definitely recommend getting the Char Siew."
Shop 39, Riverside Garden, 20 Tai Chung Bridge Road, Sha Tin
(Photo: Courtesy of mycheung2 via OpenRice)
Golem Craft Beer
"The beers on tap are always changing and the venue is the perfect place to enjoy the weekend in the sun."
Shop G07, G/F, Kings Wing Plaza 2, Shek Mun, Sha Tin
(Photo: Courtesy of Golem Craft Beer on Facebook)
The Alchemist Mail Cafe
"Located within the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, this cafe is definitely a great spot to people-watch while having a cup of coffee."
Shop G6, G/F, Hong Kong Heritage Museum, 1 Man Lam Road, Sha Tin
(Photo: Courtesy of 隨筆。妹仔肚 via OpenRice)
Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Golden Bangkok Thai Restaurant
"Budget-friendly and delicious, this restaurant is always packed on the weekends and serves really authentic Thai food."
Shop 264, G/F, Tin Sam Estate, Tai Wai
(Photo: Courtesy of Monkey Hin via OpenRice)
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Photos: Courtesy of Pici