CIAK- In the Kitchen is brought to you from the same people as 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA… so the expectations were quite HIGH for this pasta/pizza restaurant. Situated inside the busy and bustling Landmark along with 8 1/2- its prime real estate for hungry diners! So one Friday evening, a bunch of girls gathered to see if the pastas were anything like 8 1/2!
Bread Basket arrived first! (So did I Prompt, I am…okay, early I was)…. the rest of the girls arrived shortly after and so did the food! We ordered a bit of everything so we could try a bit of it all.
Seasonal Mixed Green Salad, Datterino tomato, shallots, balsamic vinaigrette | $110 | The mixed green salad was light, refreshing and a perfect fresh starter to begin our dinner.
Baked Eggplant | Classic Parmigiana |$170 | THIS was spectacular though. I LOVEEEEEED everything about it. The baked eggplant was smothered with the perfect amount of cheese, and that orange/red parmigiana colored sauce was sooooo good. Even after we finished all the eggplants- we saved the sauce to use as a dip for our pizza crusts! Don’t waste, folks.
The pizzas are fresh from the bakery over, with 36 hours of natural fermentation!
Norcina | Homemade sausage, mushroom and mozzarella cheese pizza | $210 | I really liked this pizza. The succulent peppery homemade sausages were juicy and meaty, and the pizza base was terrific. Just look at that thick dough….The crust was super thick. (I’m usually more a fan of the thin crust pizzas.)
Proscuitto & Formaggi | Parma Ham, Gorgonzola, taleggio, mozzarella, and tuma piemontese | $210 | This was pretty good, but rather salty. The parma ham is especially salty and atop the salty mozzarella just made it a bit much. I would definitely recommend trying out the other pizzas (Actually, I wouldn’t mind coming back to try out the other pizzas.)
Iberico Pork Neck 250 grams | Spain | $260 | The pork neck was nice and tender, but I personally preferred the other pasta and pizza dishes!
Tagliatelle | Wagyu Beef Bolognese in traditional style | $280 | Oooooohhhhh…this I LOVED. This was sooo darn yummy, if only I had more stomach space. The tagliatelle pasta was so nice in texture and the thick wagyu beef bolognese sauce was perfectly aromatic and added just the right amount of balance for the pasta! YUM!
Lemons Tart | Crispy praline, vanilla ice cream | $100 | This was pretty good, tasted just like a lemon tart- but its not a typical looking lemon tart. But really nice execution.
Seven Layers Chocolate Cake w/ Vanilla Ice Cream | $90 | This looked wow worthy- but in fact, was not. Really dry and bland. It’s chocolate cake!? So we were all a bit disappointed. But do eat the pastas and pizzas!!
CIAK | In The Kitchen | Shop 327-333, 3/F Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong | 2522 8869
<3 Always, Jess