Inside Hong Kong’s California Tower, Ciao Chow is a combo coffee shop, bar and Italian restaurant. Offering homemade pasta made from the finest ingredients, the restaurant pays respect to the bel paese by staying true to tradition and bringing freshness to the forefront. The restaurant’s location on D’Aguilar Street in Lan Kwai Fong is ideal, just steps from Central station, and it’s the first pizzeria in Hong Kong going for Verace Pizza Napoletana certification, demonstrating the restaurant’s commitment to the best Neapolitan-style pizzas. Executive chef Mario Carlino is a true master of his craft and, open late, his Italian paradise features 24 taps of draft beer from around the world at the bar, making it a prime spot to meet for drinks in the heart of the city.
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Ciao Chow is a clever play on words that fuses Italian and English and means Hello! Eat! For us this name perfectly summarises what Ciao Chow promotes with its concept: plenty of interaction between diners, the chefs and the bar staff in an environment that’s nail-bitingly cool and stylish. On Hong Kong’s D’Aguilar Street – a fantastic spot in Lan Kwai Fong that’s accessible and convenient – the Ciao Chow restaurant space consists of marble counter tops, terrazzo floors, exposed concrete, copper piping and very pleasant lighting. It’s a great place to enjoy Italian-style pizza and pasta
Speaking of which, the pizza and pasta you’ll find at Ciao Chow is some of the best in Lan Kwai Fong, even wider Hong Kong. As we mentioned above, the chefs here take pizza back to its original Napoli roots and offer classically-topped, authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas on their menu. Some toppings are also a little more experimental, or diners can choose to customise their own with endless combinations of the finest ingredients. Then, it terms of pasta, Ciao Chow puts the whole dry vs fresh debate to bed by making expert use of both. Why? Because certain pasta dishes are better with dry, while others are better with fresh – easy. For genuine Italian food in the heart of Hong Kong, we can’t think of too many places better than Ciao Chow.