[Eating Now] New Summer Dishes at Scarpetta

16th July 2016 / Shanghai

I visited Scarpetta recently to try out some of their new summer dishes. As I was just eating alone, I only managed to order two items, but that didn’t stop me from sharing them with you.

Clean and Rustic Decor
Clean and Rustic Decor
Enough bread for a meal
Enough bread for a meal

House Bread

The meal started with a nice basket of house bread, all baked in house.

Buratta upgrade available at 78rmb
Buratta upgrade available at 78rmb

Heirloom Tomato Salad

A sizable portion of various organic heirloom tomatoes. The dressing was quite acidic, but still balanced well with salt so it was not overly so. I especially liked the darker colored tomatoes, as I found them to be sweeter and together with the dressing, tasted more harmonious. The green ones were not as sour as I had thought, while the larger red tomatoes had clean and refreshing tomato flavours.

Interesting Risotto presentation
Interesting Risotto presentation

Crab Risotto

The star of the evening was the new crab risotto. I was told beforehand that this rendition of risotto was deliberately cooked softer than al dente. Ok sure, lets give it a try.

Again, portions are very decent. The risotto was served with a side dish of puffed rice crisps and crispy toasted garlic slices. They were meant to be scattered over the risotto if desired.

The sauce was full of crab
The sauce was full of crab

The risotto was well executed with a moist and creamy finish, the rice kernals slightly less than al dente, but by no means mushy. The crab sauce in the middle was strong but not overwhelming, packed full of umami from crab meat and some whole crab legs. I couldn’t detect a specific spice/seasoning, yet it felt like it had everything. That my friends, is the mark of an intricately crafted dish.

Crispy Risotto
Crispy Risotto

What was most remarkable was after I scattered the rice puffs and mixed them in my bites. I instantly understood why they had decided to cook the rice softer than usual, because there was now a contrast of textures between soft and creamy, and crunchiness from the rice puffs, which also started absorbing the lovely sauces in the dish. Lovely.

I will be back with a bigger group to try more dishes, and do a proper review soon. Meanwhile, give their new menu a try and let me know if you agree with what I thought of their new dishes!

Author: Fred Lin

Fred “The Shanghai Kid” Lin was born in Singapore, and grew up in a family of foodies and home-cooks. He moved to Shanghai in 2007 and fell in love with the city, eventually carving a self-made career out of digital media design and development. He founded The Shanghai Kid food blog in 2013, and opened an award-winning Singaporean restaurant in 2014, which won CityWeekend’s Outstanding Southeast Asian restaurant of the year in 2016.
In 2017, he decided to reboot, and shut down all his businesses in Shanghai before moving back to Singapore with his wife.
Fred plans to immigrate to Melbourne in the near future.

Scarpetta

Address
33 Mengzi Lu near Xujiahui Lu

Phone
3376-8223

Cuisine
Italian

City
Shanghai

Area
Huang Pu / Luwan

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