An Italian guide to the best risotto in Hong Kong

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From biryani and jollof rice to nasi goreng and paella, almost every culture in the world has a traditional, popular rice dish that defines their cuisine. In Italy, of course, it’s the creamy risotto.

A seemingly simple recipe with just a few ingredients, this northern Italian dish is a tricky preparation that’s difficult to master. What makes a perfect risotto is primarily the use of short-grain white rice from Italy. The most commonly used varieties are Arborio, Carnaroli and Maratelli rice, all from Piedmont.

Contrary to popular belief, the remarkable creaminess is thoroughly achieved mantecatura (and not by adding cream! Please don’t!), adding chilled grated Parmesan cheese and butter once the rice has been cooked and removed from the heat to make the risotto as smooth as possible.

While saffron risotto (alla milanese) is Milan’s most famous traditional dish, the recipe is made with a variety of toppings and broths across Italy.

Here’s a list of the best – and most authentic – risotto dishes in Hong Kong.

Here you will find the best risotto in Hong Kong

Angelini

Osso buco risotto

We love it because: Angelini’s risotto osso buco with bone marrow and osso buco ragout is sophisticated comfort food at its finest. I love the addition of squash, which isn’t found in the traditional Milanese recipe but makes a perfect accompaniment to any risotto.

Angelini, Kowloon Shangri-La, 64 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 2733 8750

Giando

Whatever risotto you find on the seasonal menu

We love it because: Giando is an Italian institution in Hong Kong – and rightly so! From radicchio to wild mushrooms and more, each seasonal menu features a gourmet risotto that’s always perfectly cooked and unforgettable.

Giando, Starcrest Block 1, Shop 1, G/F, Tower, 9 Star St, Wan Chai; +852 2511 8912

Lucciola

Risotto with funghi porcini and parmigiano

We love it because: Chef Francesco Gava serves up a classic and fragrant risotto with porcini mushrooms that takes me back to the Alps and the small towns of Lombardy.

Lucciola Restaurant & Bar, The Hari Hong Kong, 1/F, 330 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai; +852 2129 0333

Locanda dell’Angelo

Best risotto in Hong Kong

Risotto Acquerello with white asparagus and mushroom jus

We love it because: Chef Steve Chiu’s creations are the perfect blend of impeccable Italian techniques and local produce. His risottos are to die for!

Locanda dell’Angelo, 10-12 Yuen Yuen Street, Happy Valley, +852 3709 2788

Castellana

Risotto Alle Due Uova

We love it because: Piedmont and Lombardy are the countries of risotto. At the Castellana, Piedmontese chef Romeo Morelli serves up an ultra-delightful version of the dish with Parmesan, butter, egg yolk cream and Baerii caviar.

Castellana, 10/F, Cubus, 1 Hoi Ping Rd, Causeway Bay; +852 3188 5028

Tosca di Angelo

Whatever risotto you find on the seasonal menu

We love it because: Everything on the menu at Michelin-starred Tosca di Angelo is outstanding, and the risottos are no exception.

Tosca di Angelo, Level 102, International Commerce Ctr. 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon; +852 2263 2270

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