It’s named for a C.13th travelogue based on the stories of Marco Polo, but the adventurous protagonist behind Central’s slickest new drink and diner Il Milione is none other than drinks guru Giancarlo Mancino, the man who singlehandedly breathed new life into Hong Kong’s cocktail scene with his long and celebrated stint at 81/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana.
Now, joined by Asia newcomer, Michelin-starred chef Marco Gubbiotti, and with a line of eponymous premium vermouths
under his belt, Mancino has struck out on his own with what is shaping up to be one of the city’s most sought after tables.
Inside, the smouldering, hexagonally-tiered bar is stocked to the ceiling with vintage liquors and mixology apparatus, all deftly employed by the maestro with fluid vigour – don’t miss the Washed Negroni made with elderflower and grapefruit bitters and Mancino’s own Bianco Ambrato Vermouth.
In the rear dining room, a glowing vision of golden orb lighting, velvety drapes and rich toffee and chocolate leather, Umbrian-native Gubbiotti’s homeland-inspired, haute-talian menu takes centre stage, featuring signature dishes such as caramelised foie gras with apple stock, beef tartare with Norcia truffle, lobster tail passatelli and an exquisite saddle of suckling pig. With Mancino and Gubbiotti at the helm, this is one journey of taste and discovery not to be missed.