HONG KONG – ZS Hospitality Group, the company behind the two-Michelin-starred Ying Jee Club, one-Michelin-starred Whey, one-Michelin-starred Hansik Goo, and other popular restaurants, opens Testina, a new modern trattoria concept created in collaboration with Trippa Milano, one of Italy’s most acclaimed and beloved restaurants.
Wow, Trippa in Milan?!
Co-founded by head chef Diego Rossi and partner Pietro Caroli, Trippa opened its doors in Milan in June 2015.
Since then, it has now become one of the most coveted seats in Milan.
Chef Diego, who has a MICHELIN-starred culinary background, reconnects with the traditions of Italian cuisine in Trippa to create fresh and comforting dishes.
The MICHELIN Guide Italia has recognized it, and the Guida Ristornati de L’Espresso has awarded it the Best Trattoria in Italy.
Diego was also named Best Chef of the Year by the Identità Golose Guide in 2019.
This collaboration at Testina is set to bring excitement to Italian food lovers in Hong Kong and international guests.
So… tell me about more about Testina!
The name Testina, which means “head” in Italian.
It reflects Trippa’s cooking philosophy that every part of the animal, including offals and rare pieces of meat, is used, transforming ignored or lesser-known items into gourmet pleasures.
While Testina’s menu is small and not extensive, it is built on classic recipes passed down from generation to generation, refreshed and polished with personal style and a nose-to-tail approach.
Testina is soft-opened on February 9th. This is the first of three new ZS Hospitality Group openings in the newly restored 8 Lyndhurst Terrace in 2022.
“With Testina, we want to continue our main mission of bringing unique and distinctive concepts to Hong Kong’s ever-growing dining scene with a fresh twist on Italian cuisine,” says Elizabeth Chu, Chairlady of ZS Hospitality Group.
Located on the third floor of 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, serves genuine yet modern Italian meals that take customers to the family dining table in Italy while providing an upgraded experience.
Who is the Head Chef of Testina?
Head chef Marco Xodo is formerly of the two-Michelin-starred 812 Otto e Mezzo BOMBANA Shanghai with nearly two decades of experience working at some of the most prestigious Italian kitchens in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Chef Marco combines his craftsmanship and creativity to deliver honest Italian food with deep passion at Testina that utilizes fresh and quality produce from both Hong Kong and Italy to bring Testina’s culinary vision to reality.
What are the signature dishes at Testina?
The “Testina” Pig Head (HK$258), a signature dish named after the restaurant, has a rich and soft pan-seared pig head topped with salsa verde and horseradish shavings, which provide a bright and punchy flavor to the dish.
The aromatic and delectable Homemade Tagliatelle with Duck Ragù (HK$228+) is made with shredded duck cooked slowly in a tomato sauce and roasted cherry tomato sauce, combined with freshly produced tagliatelle and finished with a generous dusting of aged parmesan cheese.
The rich in flavours Charcoal Grilled Bone Marrow (HK$188+/pc) seasoned with salt, black pepper, and rosemary is a visual and culinary delight at Testina.
To cleanse the palette, it is served with toasted garlic bread and a mixed herb salad on the side.
To round up the gratifying Italian experience at Testina, the desserts like Seasonal Berries Tart with Zabaione (HK$148), or “Crostatina” in Italian will
Full list of Signature dishes at Testina:
“Trippa Fritta”, Fried Honeycomb Beef Tripe & Rosemary HK$198+
Montoro Roasted Onion & Sicillian Capers HK$168+
Sea Snails & Lemon-Celeraic Cream HK$238+
Homemade Tagliatelle with Duck Ragù HK$228+
Ravioli del Plin, Veal & Mushroom Jus HK$238+
Codfish Tripe, Spicy Nduja & Bell Peppers HK$288+
Charcoal Grilled Bone Marrow, Toasted Bread, Aromatic Salad HK$188+/pc
“Testina” Pig’s Head & Salsa Verde HK$258+
Mulberry Tart & Mascarpone Cream HK$118+
Hazelnut Cake & Piedmont Hazelnut Zabaione HK$148+
Can’t decide what to order?
Let Head Chef Marco take care of you with a selection of Testina’s best dishes at only HK$588 or HK$788 per person, served for the entire table.
What about the Italian wines at Testina?
A selection of Italian wines is meticulously chosen to pair with Testina’s dishes that are rich and distinct in flavors.
20% of the wines are produced from organically grown grapes.
Testina in a nutshell
Testina offers authentic yet modern Italian meals that seek to provide Hong Kong and global customers with a new viewpoint on Italian cuisine, with trattoria reinvented.
The menu is built on classic recipes passed down from generation to generation, refreshed and polished with a distinct flair and a nose-to-tail approach.
Its nostaglic décor pays homage to Milanese trattorias from the 1970s with vivid mustard-yellow walls, olive green furnishings, and Palladiana flooring.
Reservations are now accepted two months in advance and Testina releases a new day for booking every morning at 10am.
Address: 3/F, 8 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2798 0668
Tuesday to Saturday 18:00–23:00
Sunday 12:00–15:00, 18:00–23:00
Closed on Monday
(Opening hours may vary according to the latest government policy. Please check with Testina for the latest updates.)
Image courtesy of Testina and ZS Hospitality Group.