Goccia Ristorante e Bar, 73 Wyndham St., Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Opening Hours:Mon-Sat noon-2:30pm; Mon-Thu 6-7:52pm; Fri-Sat 6-11:30pm; Sun 6-11pm
Despite its firm status as a Wyndham Street stalwart, we decided to revisit Goccia to see if it’s as good as we remember. We walked past the crowds and straight to the outdoor terrace upstairs, and it was like stepping into a different world—all of a sudden, we were enjoying a peaceful dinner in a romantic, tranquil environment. Exceptionally well-trained service staff hosted our table from start to finish, and were alert enough to attend to our needs, yet not overly aggressive. We ordered a homemade cannelloni stuffed with spinach and potato and covered in a gorgonzola cheese sauce; a maccheroncelli (a long, hollow pasta) with pecorino romano and black pepper; and a quattro formaggi pizza for our mains. We were especially delighted with the simple but divine-tasting maccheroncelli. You can never go wrong with black pepper, and the cheese was at just the right strength and acidity so as not to overpower the entire dish. The pizza was a perfect blend of mozzarella, gorgonzola, fontina and emmenthal on top of a just thick-enough base. For dessert, we shared a tiramisu and a cream cheese parfait. While the ladyfingers in the tiramisu didn’t seem to have spent enough time in the coffee mixture to soak in all of the flavors, the cream cheese parfait made up for it by being delightfully fluffy and mild. We would recommend Goccia in a heartbeat, and their cheese dishes have a special place in our hearts.