Like the original on Anfu Lu, these little "Alimentari" shops, named after the mom-and-pop food stores peppered throughout Italy, are brought to you by the people behind Gemma, selling fresh foods and imported pantry goods. In 2018, Jing'an got its own version of the popular deli, with the direct importers offering lots of Italian goods to nibble and imbibe in-shop or out, and expanding the menu concept into degusteria terrain. To put it another way, it's like The Beer Lady but for (most) all the fabulous things in life you want to put in your mouth, offering a range of in-house bottled cocktails, a range of paninis, and some hot items on the menu and brunch. But yeah. 75rmb meat and cheese platters. And wine bottles that start at 140rmb.
Located on the corner of Jiaozhou Road and Wuding Road, Alimentari & Degusteria is probably the go to stop for a lot of Westerners in Shanghai to get their imported pantry foods, and if time allows, have a seat to enjoy some fresh cold-cuts and cheese with some beer, or just dive into their all-day breakfasts choices. They are well-stocked in everything from your favourite wines, to your longed-after Italian pasta sauces. The large panel windows facing street-side views makes one reminiscent of the numerous street-side cafes you’d see in France or Italy, as it offers up a nice patio seating for chit-chat or simply people-watching.
In the area and looking for a place to get some work done, I decided to finally come check this place out. The place is fairly empty on a weekday afternoon, with a couple of people here and there on their laptops. Walking in, you are greeted with a large display of fresh cut gourmet meat, cheese displays, various olives, alongside rows of spirits, beers, or juice drinks. It is a feast on the eyes just as it is a feast it will be on the stomach. The staff are also super helpful and friendly here. They were happy to give me recommendations when I asked. Looking for some nibbles, I ordered some parmesan cheese, black peppered beef, salami, with some whole wheat bread and found a nice spot by the windows to sit. Other menu options such as paninis or sandwiches ends sales around 6pm.
The cold cuts and cheese were absolutely delish and super fresh. Definitely ranks among the top cold cut platters I’ve had in the past, plus the price here is surprisingly affordable as my platter only came out to be around 70rmb. 250kg is the minimum amount you’re allowed to get for each platter option. In addition, there are also set platter choices available that might be better to get in a group. Ciders and ales are always ready on the side as well if you need some pick-me-ups while working or chatting here. The place started to fill up as people got out of work.
Overall, I loved everything about this place, from the food to the vibe. It definitely lived up to its hype and I look forward to coming back or checking out its other branches around town.
While I was sad to see QV leave its corner spot a few months ago, I’m glad that Popolo Group rebounded with a new Alimentari location. They’re still taking my money at a consistent rate. They’ve created a great little space that the Wuding strip needed. I can go in and grab a coffee, do some work, and leave with the most important of groceries… six types of cheese, prosciutto, and a bottle of Sambuca (if you’re me). I went to sample the actual food menu, and I was pleasantly surprised by the brunch. It’s a really fair price for what you get, and I’d recommend it.
I went for an order of Bacon Toast (RMB 55) and then a Caramelized Banana Waffle (RMB 55) because I wanted both, and I’m living the Shanghai dream over here. The staff did not judge me nor seem to care I ordered two dishes and a cookie for one, which makes me like them all the more. A normal person would be happy with one dish, but I feel that the salty/sweet balance really added to my lazy Sunday morning. I sat on my computer and did not have to talk to anyone. The atmosphere is busy but not loud, and it was good for people watching and getting a few things done.
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