Sophia Loren Themed Restaurant Set to Open in Hong Kong

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Sophia Loren is coming to Hong Kong. Well, a restaurant dedicated to the Italian icon is coming to Hong Kong, rather.

Opening in mid-April in the Wanchai district of Hong Kong is Sophia Loren House, the first international outpost of the actress’ burgeoning restaurant empire.

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Sophia Loren House has taken over the four-story Woo Cheong Pawn Shop, a Hong Kong heritage building that was formerly the location of The Pawn restaurant. The venue pays homage to Italy of the 1960s and 1970s, the era of Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and also Loren’s heyday as a screen siren. The restaurant is designed by Italian architect Ivo Maria Redaelli, who also designed the four Sophia Loren Restaurants in Italy, and features a great deal of Loren themed art work.

Sophia Loren House Hong Kong
Sophia Loren House Hong Kong

As for the food, the Sophia Loren House has four dining concepts across its four floors. There is a street-level Neapolitan pizzeria, and the first floor houses an Italian seafood restaurant featuring classic dishes. The third floor features a retro 1970s themed dance floor and the rooftop features a cocktail bar.

“In my life I have had many passions and one of them is undoubtedly food,” Loren said in a statement. “No director has ever managed to put me on a diet – and the hours I spent in the kitchen kneading, frying, baking and browning were among the happiest of my life. When they asked to open a chain of restaurants in my honor, I was happy to consent to this wonderful adventure and proud to be part of a team of talented Neapolitans who wish to export the “veracity” of Neapolitan cuisine to the world.”

Hong Kong’s Sophia Loren House will be the fifth restaurant in the group. The 89-year-old Loren opened her first restaurant in Florence in 2021 in collaboration with Neapolitan entrepreneur and politician Luciano Cimmino. The brand has since expanded to Milan, Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, and the southern Italian port of Bari.

Sophia Loren House Hong Kong
Sophia Loren House Hong Kong

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