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Photograph: Rupert Hohwieler
1515 Nanjing Xi Lu
If you see shopping mall dining as a red flag, ignore it, this Hong Kong-born hit from the Pirata Group looks set to become a Shanghai staple with its simple plates of fresh chewy pasta rolled in-house each day. It’s part of the new XIANG food hub in the Jingan Kerry Centre and serves up everything you’d find populating the brand’s menus in Hong Kong: Italian and n’duja sausage orecchiette, super cheesy lasagne layered thick with béchamel, parmesan and beer ragu, plus (the go-for-gold dish) tagliolini showered with shaved black truffle.
Venue name: Pici
Opening hours: 11am-2.30pm; 5.30-10pm (Mon-Fri) 11am-3pm; 5.30-10pm (Sat-Sun)
Metro: Jingan Temple
English address: SB-11, B2 Jingan Kerry Centre, 1515 Nanjing Xi Lu, Yan'an Zhong Lu, Jingan district
Chinese address: 南京西路1515号静安嘉里地下二层SB-11号商铺,近延安中路