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Ramato soft-opens in Hong Kong's Sheung Wan

Inside new neighbourhood Italian restaurant, Ramato.

Italian dining space 208 Duecento Otto on Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road has transformed into Ramato.

After a decade of service, the popular Italian restaurant closed its doors in February, just as Hong Kong’s ‘fifth wave’ pandemic restrictions were beginning to bite. It has now been soft-opened as Ramato following a refurbishment.

‘Ramato’, a name inspired by the Italian ramato tomato grown in the Puglia region of Italy, aims for casual family-style charm and traditional southern Italian fare in a relaxed setting.

Chef Antimo Maria Merone has created a menu inspired by his Italian nonna’s dinner table when he was growing up, with signature dishes such as bruschetta, octopus, sauteed clams and homemade pastas and sauces, and secondi including 1.5kg baked sea bass, king prawns and Australian wagyu ribeye steaks.

Desserts include the creamy Italian classic, tiramisu, a refreshing limoncello baba and comforting deep-fried Sicilian cannoli.

The Hollywood Road space has been updated by JIA restaurant group from its 208 days with bold wallpaper and a terrace format. The downstairs bar boasts a specially commissioned hand-painted mural of Napoli by artist Elsa Jeandediu, and the stairway to the level one Sicilian lemon garden influenced-dining room features portraits by emerging Ghanian artist, Wahab Saheed.

A Naples native, chef Antimo has previously worked in establishments including Hong Kong’s Michelin-starred L’Altro, Umberto Bombana’s 8 ½ Otto e Mezzo in Macau and he opened Michelin-recommended Estro with JIA Group in 2021.

Opens 4.30 to 10pm, Tuesday to Friday; 12 to 10pm, weekends and public holidays; G/F, 208 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; +852 2549 0208.

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