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  • Caught up with a long-time Shanghai mate of mine for a mid-week lunch at La Sosta on Cheng Jia Qiao Zhi Lu off of Hongmei Lu, well off the beaten track for me, I generally skip lunch, but Hanns was leaving town for the summer, so I ventured west for a spot of home-cooked Italian for lunch.

    As my mate had frequented La Sosta a number of times, we let the chef recommend what to have / order, which consisted of freshly made burrata along with a generous serving of Parma ham, followed a plate of meatballs and spaghetti, with freshly made bread, that seemed to be the dough of a pizza that was warm and crusty, with a soft centre, can’t get more family-style lunch than that, dipped in olive oil.

    Had a bottle of Italian rose wine, that went down easily, along with a delightfully soft tiramisu, for dessert and finished off with a couple of espressos’s along with the obligatory limoncello’s and a glass of Fernet-Branca, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but certainly rounded off a pleasant enough meal, and very much down to earth family-style restaurant, perhaps more of a Cantina, and to boot one could sit on a terrace on a balmy Wednesday lunchtime.

    The service was efficient and friendly, the food wholesome, the damages came to 650RMB nett for two pax, and if one was in the area would certainly recommend.

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