A Contemporary Expression of Authentic Italian Cuisine by Chef Andrea Zamboni

Inspired by the beauty of opera and the show-stopping flavours of artisanal produce, Aria brings a contemporary rendition of authentic Italian cuisine to the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. Accompanied by panoramic views of the city from its 24th-floor perch atop California Tower, this gastronomic symphony is conducted with finesse and élan by executive chef Andrea Zamboni, who brings 20 years of Michelin-rated restaurant experience to Aria’s open kitchen.
 
Showcasing seasonal ingredients flown in weekly from sought-after producers in Italy and around the world, Aria offers a unique modern twist to family-style Italian cuisine, elevating traditional classics and secret family recipes through high-quality ingredients and innovative culinary accents from all over the world.
The Chef and his Culinary Philosophy
Although born and raised in Bergamo in northern Italy, Chef Andrea spent the early part of his career working in the country’s central and southern regions, as evidenced by the influence of Mediterranean cuisine on his cooking.
 
“My cooking is a representation of my life experiences,” says Chef Andrea, who speaks fluent Mandarin from his time on the mainland. “At its heart, it is proudly and authentically Italian, but it is infused with the flavours, techniques and inspirations from all the places I have visited and people I’ve met to create food that is both satisfyingly familiar yet truly global.”
 
Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail, the chef’s gastronomic style also draws strongly from the enviable line-up of virtuoso chefs he has worked with over the years, both in Italy and in Asia, including cooking alongside Michelin two-starred chef Oliver Glowig at the Capri Palace Hotel in Napoli and Michelin one-starred chef Luca Marchini at the Ristorante L’Erba del Are in Modena, as well as stints at three-Michelin-starred restaurants da Vittorio in Bergamo and Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong.
 
Chef Andrea’s greatest inspiration, however, is the legendary Gualtiero Marchesi – widely regarded as the father of modern Italian cuisine and the first chef in the country to receive three Michelin stars – who he had the opportunity to learn from at the Ristorante Teatro alla Scala il Marchesino in Milan. Indeed, the late master chef’s motto, “Leading by example is the highest form of teaching”, can be seen written in Italian on the tiles of Aria’s show kitchen.
 
The Food
Featuring classic family recipes and seasonal specialities enhanced by Chef Andrea’s inimitable style, Aria’s menu showcases exquisitely presented meats, jet-fresh seafood and masterfully executed pizzas and pastas elevated by premium produce from specialist suppliers in Italy and around the world. Many of the ingredients that Chef Andrea uses to create his inventive flavour combinations can’t be found elsewhere in Hong Kong.
 
Among the highlights are Tagliatelle with Zarda Spicy Tomato Sauce, Blue Lobster and Bagna-cauda Fondue ($268), Foie Gras e Scampi (market price), Traditional Baked Eggplant Parmigiana with Basil, Parmesan Cheese and Fior di Latte ($148), Italian Milk-fed Veal Cutlet Milanese Style with Tomatoes, Celery Relish and Sicilian Lemon ($428), and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Apulian Burrata and Basil (HK$108).
In addition to the à la carte menu, Chef Andrea gives full rein to his culinary creativity through Aria’s exclusive chef’s table, where he delights guests with an omakase-style menu of his favourite off-menu dishes that changes weekly based on seasonal ingredients flown in from around the world. For $2,000 (+10% service charge) per person, Chef Andrea will keep his specialties coming until guests can’t eat anymore.
 
LKF Chef Kits
For times when guests want to bring the Aria experience home, Chef Andrea has created chef kits that combine everything you need to cook up your favourites at home, whether for yourself or your family. The new ready-to-make food kits include step-by-step instructions and all the essential ingredients, sauces, condiments and spices, so that every budding chef can create the perfect Italian meal at home, including dishes such as: A Taste of Italy Eggplant Parmigiana (for two persons; $338); An Italian Journey Open Ravioli (for one person; $228); and Fantasy Millefoglie (for one person $198). To celebrate the launch of the Chef Kits, guests can enjoy 30% off for the time being. For more information, please visit https://delivery.lkfe.com/.

Aria is located at 24/F, California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2804 1116. For more information and updates, you can join Aria on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ariaitalianhk/) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ariaitalian/)  Hashtags #aria #ariaitalian #italian