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PHONE:

3376 8223


ADDRESS:

33 Mengzi Lu,
near Xujiahui Lu
蒙自路33号,
近徐家汇路



AREA:

Xujiahui 徐家汇


METRO:

Madang Rd, 2 mins. walk


HOURS:

Daily, 5.50pm-10pm


CARDS:

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PRICE:

$ $ $ $ $ (Show Legend)


WEB:

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Editor's Description
Last updated: March 01, 2014

Slightly out of the laowai loop, this cozy, 60-seat Italian trattoria does deeply satisfying pizzas, pastas and grilled meats. Dishes range from familiar favorites like linguine with clams to slow roasted pork short rib glazed in honey, rosemary and fennel.

We tagged this venue with:

Dining, Italian, Pizza, Oyster, Bistros


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3.6/5

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based on 10 reviews



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Apr 13th, 2014

beerfan

Joined Apr/14
Posted 2 Reviews
From: Chinese


The food remains with the same quality from pre-newal times. Which is great from one side but a bit disappointing because I expected to see new creations and flavors.

The polenta and the parmesan crust are out of this world and the pizzas are my favorite in Shanghai because of the crispiness of the borders. The ambience is very friendly and the invariable wait is well worth.
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Mar 9th, 2014

zorroisback

Joined Oct/08
Posted 7 Reviews
From: French


Limited choices of courses, expensive prices (no dish worth less than 100 rmb including pizzas which are all around 150RMB and relatively small serving on top), poor wine list (unless at indecent price), dishes quality so-so, atmosphere/decoration quite poor.
The Shanghai italian scene offers much better alternative in absolute terms, and with a much better value for money.
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Mar 9th, 2014

marinam

Joined Jun/10
Posted 2 Reviews
From: French


I recommend you do not go to this restaurant, it was the worst restaurant I have been to in the last 5 years in Shanghai. The services, food (expensive), decor were all terrible. Pizzas with broccoli or potatoes on them (!?) can't be good, and indeed, it was awful. I have nothing positive to say about this place, so if you want to spare yourself a disappointment, avoid this place at all costs.
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Dec 10th, 2013

aldente

Joined Jun/10
Posted 2 Reviews
From: american


We went there with high expectations as we heard Anna was a talented chef.....and we were not disappointed! Every bite was perfection, from the bread basket to the lavender vanilla panna cotta. The pizzas were flavorful with just the right crust; the pork rib was tender and seasoned well; the calamari and carpaccio simply delish.

Service was attentive and the ambiance relaxing and unpretentious. We will go back often.
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Nov 22nd, 2013

slymming

Joined Jun/12
Posted 3 Reviews
From: Malaysian


I couldn't find any fault with the food or service, and I thought I was dining in a different restaurant to the one listed after reading some of them reviews in SmartShanghai.

The food we ordered was great, (I was late for dinner though, else I would have ordered the Caprese Salad with Burrata and also the Meat Platter)
Scarpetta Salad and Beef Carpaccio.
The Beef Carpaccio is simply delicious, I believe they used Wagyu as you can see the marbling on each of the thinly sliced beef.
Seasoning is spot on, quantity was OK, but hey, this is Shanghai after all.

For mains, we had the Shrimp & Chorizo Pizza and also their famous Pork Ribs.
Pizza crust was airy and had the pre-requisite char spots.
Pork ribs was meltingly tender, maybe because there was a layer of fat to accompany it.

Their manager, Chris, comped us a Squid Ink pasta because the 2 mains did not arrive together.
It was a nice gesture, totally awesome but he did not need to do that because we were so into our Pork Ribs that we forgot our pizza has not arrived yet.
The Squid Ink pasta tasted great, citrusy tangy, sweet and refreshing.
Pasta was al-dente as well.

We also had a glass of Gaja, wow, wow wow, just try it, enough said.

To end, we had the Tiramisu.
It was not bad per se, it just wasn't the flavour that I was looking for.
Overly sweet, I think they should use a bitter liqueur or more espresso to soak up the finger biscuits.
Anyways, I will seek to try out their Budino as I was told it was the kinda flavour I was looking for.


P/S: the washrooms are immaculate, clean and one of the best that I've seen in Shanghai. Not sure why I bothered to mention this, but hey, check it out.
Overall, this is a place that I will want to come back over and over again.
I just wish that they do lunch or brunch during weekend because I would be craving for them soon.
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Jan 6th, 2013

rasmus

Joined Apr/09
Posted 3 Reviews
From: Swedish


Anyone who gives this place a bad review does not know Italian food. This was a truly pleasant surprise. We ordered a variety of dishes from the menu - pastas, meats and smaller dishes - and every dish was cooked at a very high standard.
A kitchen that delivers both a perfectly cooked steak and a perfectly roasted chicken is very rare. And on top of that, creatively tweaked side dishes and well made Italian standards makes this my favv Italian in town.
Just to say something negative: they were low on wine and I always like a good olive oil with the bread. But I had to think to remember that...
Tip of the day: Take a trip a notch south of expat central and you are in for a treat!
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Dec 19th, 2012

sean.philippe.gall

Joined Feb/12
Posted 2 Reviews
From: American


I have been to Scarpetta twice (really 1.5 times), and would like to warn people off. The first time, we went on a Friday, and got the last table, right by the door. The poor seating design means that everyone who enters literally stands at your table crotch first for a moment, before moving further in. We ordered the calamari, which was excellent, as well as two orders of fettuccine alfredo. The waiter managed not to take my order, and only brought one order out. After apologizing profusely, the manager rushed another order out, which was undercooked. Overall, not a pleasant experience, even though the manager comped some ice cream. 400+ RMB for two pastas, calamari, and a glass of wine isn't unusual, but the horrific service was, even by Shanghai standards.

Fast forward to last night. Despite our previous experience, we decided to give Scarpetta another try. I made reservations for 7pm, (on a Tuesday) and specified that my wife was pregnant, and that we didn't want the table by the door, but would prefer the one by the window. "Okay, okay, I have already reserved your table!" is what I was told. We arrived at 7:02, to find the table closest to the window occupied. They expected my six-month pregnant wife and I to squeeze into a tiny table, within elbow distance of two other couples. Despite there being 3-4 other empty tables, the hostess smugly told us "those tables are for 3 or more people only." They offered us that same horrible table next to the door, at which point we decided to go elsewhere.

I can excuse mixed-up orders or slightly slow service, due to the language barrier. I cannot and will not accept rude and arrogant servers and hostesses, especially when I'm going out of my way to give a place a second chance. Avoid, if you like a fine-dining experience, and anything approaching decent service.
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Aug 2nd, 2012

vallach

Joined Apr/12
Posted 2 Reviews
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I going to Scarpetta after several good review with high expectation about this place ...I try beef carpaccio ,pizza salad,pasta and dessert ,first i need say concept is not pure Italian at all,second is really overpriced ,third all food i try is tasteless except for tiramisu'.
Salad is like joke ,not dressing at all,few pieces of topping around and i'm sure you can prepare much more better in your home in lazy day (price 68 )pizza 6 cm of crust and around and in middle few topping no salt at all(price up 100 rmb ) funny things the waiter ask you if you want grated parmesan cheese on top, in Italy is like joke that ..carpaccio presented by the waiter one best in Shanghai and some review compare to Bombana one (3 michelin stars)is much more better ,is like eat beef tartar but in carpaccio way and if you ask to seasoning for you they will mix-up like small hill of meat in your plate ..Ambiance cozy right but i don't going to enjoy only ambiance but food and service sorry if expect some thing more of that, before read review from marketing people i need more carefully next time and will pick right authentic spot and not over priced...
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Jul 26th, 2012

ipapoutsis

Joined Jul/10
Posted 8 Reviews
From: United States


We went to Scarpetta last night after reading a few good reviews - and we were not disappointed! I have to admit, I was a tad skeptical, because the main review I read was written after their "Friends & Family" soft opening, so I didn't know if it was a good friend just pumping up the place out of loyalty.... It was not! The place rocks. The pizza was easily better than any I have had in Shanghai. EASILY. It's not cheap, I think the diavola (pepperoni) was 128 RMB, but it was totally worth it - I've paid this for subpar pizzas before. The pasta was delish, too. And the BREAD - oh, the bread! Divine!
The wine was extremely reasonably priced, which I appreciated, as wine can be so overpriced and frequently underrated - the house wines (Italian and decent) were 48 RMB and it wasn't a bad pour either!
Although it's a bit out of the way from our usual joints, we loved this restaurant and can safely say we'll be frequenting often!
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Jul 24th, 2012

jimmywaves

Joined Feb/07
Posted 4 Reviews
From: American


I'm a big Italian food fan whether its eating it in its origin in Milan, Naples, Roma, Genoa or other top foodie destinations like New York, San Fran, Los Angeles, Vegas, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London... Scarpetta's food fulfills the what you look for in good food : Freshness and Flavour.

The starters really stand out with their Carpaccio; its simply amazing. The perfect seasoning on top of lemon, capers, and olive oil. Each bite bursts flavours into your mouth like fireworks; hands down that best Carpaccio in Shanghai if not in Greater China; definitely gives Otto's a run in his HK restaurant (which is a 3-star michelin restaurant). You could just go there for the Carpaccio and be satisfied, but then you would miss out on the mains.

Mains are where Scarpetta really stands heads and shoulders above all the other Italian restaurants in Shanghai. Starting off with the clam pizza; bursting with flavour with each bite. The perfect balance between cheese, crust, clams, seasoning and fresh herbs; this pizza is hands down the best in Shanghai. Their over roasted chicken is perfection; a nice an crispy oven roasted skin on the outside succulent soft tender meat on the inside. Seasoned too perfection with a nice balance of herbs and nice crispy potatoes on the side this dish can stand alone too the best oven roasted chickens you can get anywhere in the world. Finally, if you ever been to Rome or seen Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" trip to Rome you will know the pasta dish Cacio e Pepe. Its a dish that is a cheese lovers dream, its basically pasta with just cheese and pepper set in a crisp Parmesan bowl. The cracked pepper is toasted in olive oil and tossed perfectly with al dente pasta and Pecorino/Parmesan cheeses, making a great dish out of simple ingredients. Simply amazing.

The food in my opinion is at the level of 8 1/2 in Shanghai, if not better. But for the price its a steal, some of the best Italian you can get anywhere in China/HK.

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