8½ Otto e Mezzo
|8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana|
|Dress code||Business casual|
|Rating||Michelin Guide 2013|
|Seating capacity||79 (55 main dining room + 12 each in 2 private dining rooms)|
|Other information||(Tel) (852) 2537-8859|
|Website||8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana|
8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana is an Italian restaurant at Shop 202, Alexandra House, Central, Hong Kong. It is the only Italian restaurant outside of Italy to have received 3 stars from the Michelin Guide, having been awarded 3 stars by the 2012 Michelin Guide Hong Kong and Macau. Its head chef is Umberto Bombana.
Umberto Bombana trained under Ezio Santin. He worked at Toscana at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong from 1993. He was a prime mover in introducing the white truffle to Hong Kong's restaurant scene and he introduced the World White Truffle of Alba Auction to Hong Kong. In 2006, Bombana was appointed by Piedmontese Regional Enoteca Cavour as their International White Truffle Ambassador.
The Ritz-Carlton hotel was demolished in 2008 to make way for the building of China Construction Bank. Umberto Bombana then opened 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana in January 2010. The restaurant's name is a tribute to Bombana's favorite Italian film director Federico Fellini’s 1963 autobiographical movie 8½.
On 9 January 2014, Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd announced that the 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana restaurant will be a feature at Galaxy Macau's under construction Ritz Carlton hotel, which will open in mid-2015.
On 29 April 2013, 8½ Otto e Mezzo was named 39th in the top 100 restaurants of the world in The World’s Best Restaurants Awards.
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