Posted 2 Reviews
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.
Posted 7 Reviews
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.
Posted 2 Reviews
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.
Posted 2 Reviews
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.
Posted 3 Reviews
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.
Posted 3 Reviews
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!
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.