Add:192 Jing'an Villa, 1025 Nanjing Rd W.
It's always exciting to hit upon a restaurant that is relatively unknown and not frequented by foodies. This hidden family-style eatery inside the artsy neighborhood is for those in the know and who enjoy their Delverde pasta, a brand sought out and highly regarded by Italian food lovers. Diners settle easily into the mood as if they were in an Italian grandma's kitchen. The small outdoor terrace with plants decorating the wall gives this wine and coffee house an extra cozy feel. The menu is simple: pastas, pizzas and sandwiches with various sauces and ingredients are the hot items, prices starting from 38 to 78 yuan. They also offer soups, salads and Italian cheese and ham. The 58-yuan lunch set includes salad, panini and fresh juice (but normally you need to wait for a while to get your food). A two-for-one happy hour starts early from 2:30pm to 5pm on selected house wine. And there is a selection of 71 types of Italian wine from the country's central region with each bottle costing about 220 to 280 yuan.