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					                                                                                                      Qi Qi on Cinecittà
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                                                                                                      talian food is one of my favourites,” says supermodel
                                                                                                      Qi Qi, who was born in Shanghai, raised in Austria and
                     When Qi Qi hits the town with her girlfriends, Cinecittà is a favourite.


                                                                                                      who has lived in Hong Kong since 1995. She has become
                                                                                                one of the most familiar faces on the fashion scene, having
                                                                                                done countless shoots for some of the world’s most prestigious
                                                                                                magazines, such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and endorsed a
                                                                                                number of advertising campaigns. Qi Qi has recently added
                                                                                                actress to her résumé after the release of her debut film, as well
                                                                                                as author, having published a book on beauty and health. She’s
                                                                                                also extending her creative talent as a fashion and accessories
                                                                                                designer. With such a busy schedule, time to relax and unwind
                                                                                                is essential for the supermodel – and her pastimes of choice are
                                                                                                shopping and eating, both of which Hong Kong provides for in
                                                                                                great abundance.
                     “I like the atmosphere. It’s fashionable and edgy”




                                                                                                    “There are a lot of choices here in Hong Kong, for clothing,
                                                                                                for food; you have everything you need here. Hong Kong has
                                                                                                the best shopping, and everything’s not too far from each other.                                                                          Clockwise from left: Supermodel Qi Qi strikes a pose; tuna in
                                                                                                You have all these big brands on one street, while another                                                                                crust of herbs with pink pepper sauce; homemade tajarin with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          summer black truffle
                                                                                                street is local designers,” she says. For a fashion maven, then,
                                                                                                atmosphere plays a big role in her destinations of choice, and
                                                                                                her favourite Italian restaurant, Cinecittà, has this in abundance.
                                                                                                When Qi Qi hits the town with her girlfriends, Cinecittà is a
                                                                                                favourite. “I like the atmosphere. It’s fashionable and edgy.”
                                                                                                    Cinecittà’s ambience mirrors the sophistication of Italian
                                                                                                design – a clear-glass facade and metal canopy – and the
                                                                                                grandeur of Italian history, reflected in the mosaic ceiling, the
                                                                                                Roman fountain, the use of terrazzo and warm colours. But,
                                                                                                equally, it is the fresh Roman food that draws Qi Qi in. Her
                                                                                                clear favourites are the homemade tajarin with summer black-
                                                                                                truffle pasta and a true Italian classic, the minestrone soup. But                                                                                                                                        CINECITTÀ
                                                                                                other signature dishes include the tuna tartar with mango, green                                                                                                                                          RESERvaTIoNS: Recommended DRESS CoDE:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Smart casual LUNCH HoURS: 12:00pm -
                                                                                                apple and lime salad, the Parma ham roll stuffed with mozzarella,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3:00pm DINNER HoURS: 6:00pm - 12:00am
                                                                                                whole-wheat tagliatelle with lamb ragout, green ravioli with          sumptuous pastas, flavourful meat, seafood dishes and distinctive   Chef franCesCo Bettoli
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SET mENU: Lunch BUffETS: No vEgETaRIaN
                                                                                                Castelmagno cheese in spring onion sauce, and veal saltimbocca        wines. These culinary classics are reinterpreted in ways to         After working as a chef all over the world, Chef Francesco      DISHES: 5 - 10 amENITIES: Separate bar,
                                                                                                with tomato gratin. And challenging the idea that models don’t        impress and charm those who think they’ve experienced all that      Bettoli has found something unique in Hong Kong. “Here,         private rooms for 12 CaR vaLET: No
                                                                                                indulge, Qi Qi says, “They have very good dessert.” Cinecittà         Italian food has to offer.                                          you can find the best quality of meat or fish from the US,      CREDIT CaRDS: AE, V, MC, DC YEaR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Australia or Europe. The standard and quality of food here      ESTaBLISHED: 2000
                                                                                                offers selections such as frozen amaretto sabayon with bitter             Aside from a delectable à la carte menu, guests who are in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in Hong Kong is very high.” With a menu that focuses on
                                                                                                chocolate sauce and nougat parfait with raspberry coulis.             the mood for a light snack can hang out at the antipasto bar                                                                        address: G/F, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the seasons, Bettoli creates lighter dishes such as simple
                                                                                                    Cinecittà is named after the fabled film studio where the         and lounge. In addition to the dining room, the restaurant          pastas during summer, while during winter, more meat,           Tel: +852 2529 0199
                                                                                                great films of Federico Fellini and Vittorio De Sica were created.    features a walk-in wine cellar with a wide selection of Italian     mushrooms and richer tastes can be expected. Asked              fax: +852 2529 5399
                                                                                                Offering a unique take on classic Roman tastes, it prides itself      reds and whites. There is also a two-level bar with a cocktail                                                                      E-mail: cin@elite-concepts.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          what makes a good restaurant, he says, “It’s the people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Website: www.elite-concepts.com
                                                                                                on being an Italian original. Cinecittà offers the same tastes that   lounge on the upper level, and a sala, an elevated dining room      working here that make it feel like you’re in Italy.”
                                                                                                have drawn food lovers to Rome since the days of the empire:          for private parties.

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