A scoop of bone marrow cures all ills

    Compared with the restaurants that are on the Bund, Scarpetta also executes amazing food of great quality, but in a comfortable, more casual atmosphere off the beaten path. Don’t let the easygoing attitude of the place fool you. . . the knives are sharp in this kitchen that brings inventive Italian flavors to Shanghai.    

    A tribute to la dolce vita, classic Italian dishes are jazzed up at this unpretentious and rustic trattoria – a dream project started by former financier John Liu. Crispy CALAMARI FRITTI is paired with an unusual squid ink garlic aioli. The AFFETTATI PLATTER stands out with an amazing chicken liver mousse and assorted cured meats. The pastas are amazing. If you love bone marrow, by all means you should ORRECCHIETTE BOLOGNESE to your heart’s content. With so much food and so little time (or room in your stomach), bring some extra friends so you can try as many dishes as possible.

    Scarpetta means “little shoe” in Italian, but informally it refers to bread used to mop up the last bit of sauce on your plate, but that doesn’t mean you should lick the plate. Okay, only when nobody’s looking.