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.
Posted 2 Reviews
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...
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!
Posted 4 Reviews
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.
Posted 1 Reviews
I really don't mean to gush here but this place is awesome. John Liu has gone completely insane and a wonderful Italian experience without ever having been to Italy. His method is just his passion for food and a deep research into the nuance of the perfect recipes.
My wife and I went there during the soft opening and swam through a half dozen dishes until we were nearly bursting. The polenta is a must, as is their chicken with the brick ( can't remember the charming italian name but they basically put a brick on top of the chicken in the pizza oven). John was explaining to me the nearly psychotic process they go through to make the potatoes - so many steps to make something so simple, and you realize this place isn't truly Italian. The Italians would never go this far because their mothers told them to honor their traditions. This place is off the map, and is more awesome as a result.
The pizza crust is the best I have ever tasted and I built a brick oven with my bare hands. I have tasted a lot of crusts but this one is flexible, crunchy and juicy all at the same time. Everything here isn't polished and streamlined - the crusts have some carbon on them, huge bubbles, and are richer for it.
If you like food, live in shanghai and want some tastes that don't hold back - go! The prices are completely fair and it is a great place to just eat, talk, drink and laugh. The danger is it is on my way home...