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8½, or Fellini and the life-changing magic of Italian food | Malay Mail

8½, or Fellini and the life-changing magic of Italian food | Malay Mail

26.1.2020

8½, or Fellini and the life-changing magic of Italian food | Malay Mail

HONG KONG, Jan 26 — Federico Fellini once said, “La vita è una combinazione di magia e pasta.” Life is a combination of magic and pasta. In the late Italian director’s films, food (and not only pasta) is magic. There is the earthy, back to basics fare at a family home in Amarcord (1973)...

8½, or Fellini and the life-changing magic of Italian food Sunday, 26 Jan 2020 07:18 AM MYT By KENNY MAH Setting the table for lunch service at 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana — Pictures by CK Lim HONG KONG, Jan 26 — Federico Fellini once said, “ La vita è una combinazione di magia e pasta .” Life is a combination of magic and pasta. In the late Italian director’s films, food (and not only pasta) is magic. There is the earthy, back to basics fare at a family home in Amarcord (1973) and there is sheer gluttony in Satyricon (1969), the way only ancient Romans can manage. Everyone eats, with relish, with abandon. Food, according to the Italians, is a visceral pleasure. Chef Umberto Bombana understands this desire. In 2010, inspired by Fellini’s 1963 film 8½ (or Otto e Mezzo in Italian), he opened 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana in Hong Kong’s Central district to acclaim; it has the remarkable distinction of being the first Michelin 3-star Italian restaurant outside of Italy. The restaurant’s name is inspired by Federico Fellini’s classic (left); white asparagus, Oscietra caviar and Parmigiano-Reggiano foam (right) Lunch, with a concise degustation menu, is inviting. To our surprise, this isn’t the first time we’ve dined here. We realise this only upon entering the restaurant, with its stark white walls and squares of mirrors hovering above us. A flicker of recognition, a memory. A birthday lunch several years ago: Malaysians, Americans and Taiwanese having Italian in Hong Kong. The world grows ever smaller. Natural light suffuses the dining room, bleaching the colours further. Miles of white tablecloth. Our first appetiser — white asparagus, Oscietra caviar and Parmigiano-Reggiano foam — adds a touch of sunny cheer to the space and awakens our palates. Warm blue lobster with broccolini emulsion and lobster jus follows — such decadence! — yet it is the restaurant’s homemade pasta that astounds. Our server shaves black truffle over our tagliolini with butter and parmesan: a luxurious shower of the tartufo nero One of Bombana’s signature creations is his homemade cavatelli , shellfish ragout and sea urchin. To call it a seafood pasta bisque would be too reductionist; the dish is full of umami and, yes, tastes of the ocean, of Sicily. My Italian friend Manuel would love this, I reckon. He grew up in Trento, in the heart of the Italian Alps, but his late father hailed from the south, from near the sea. Shaving black truffle over homemade 'tagliolini' My friend grew up skiing on powdered snow slopes but in his veins, he once told me, was the siren call of the waves, of the Mediterranean. We were in our early twenties, still students. I was spending a few days at his family home, after attending his father’s wake. And he was teaching me to make a calzone in his kitchen. It’s what his mother would allow: pasta required more skill; even fools could make a calzone Tasting Bombana’s cavatelli , I can’t help but agree with Manuel’s mother. There is some magic in good, even great, pasta. Natural light suffuses the dining room Our mains arrive shortly after: short rib and beef tenderloin with whipped potato, red wine and plum sauce for one; baby lamb from Aveyron with aromatic herbs, black olives and caponata (Sicilian eggplant salad) for the other. Jess would love the lamb, we reckon. She was the one who first brought us to 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana; she could always be counted on for organising birthday celebrations. Now our friends are all scattered: Jess in Hong Kong, Jenny in Taipei, Paul in New York. Randy is in Toronto but we aren’t sure. Discussing their locations, we bring them to our table, our dining companions once more. If life is magic and pasta, then much of that magic is who we share our pasta with, no? Homemade 'cavatelli', shellfish ragout and sea urchin (left); baby lamb from Aveyron with aromatic herbs, black olives and 'caponata' (right) To end our meal, there is millefoglie Read more: Malay Mail

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