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Cammino is located in the Excelsior Hotel, which is tucked in a quieter end of Causeway Bay. The hotel immediately takes one away from the frenzy of the district, and Cammino’s humble, trattoria-style interiors further enhance this feeling of calm. Details such as timber shuttered windows and clay tiling create an intimate ambience, which somehow facilitates more conversation given that there is no view or extraordinary décor to distract you.
The menu includes classic Italian favourites such as caprese and carbonara, but these are not the stars at Cammino. We start with the sardine in caponata toast, which is probably the most playful appetiser on the list. The pasta and risotto also appears to be on the safe side, but the saffron risotto with crab meat, fennel and asparagus caught our eye. The mains include well-loved dishes such as osso buco and porterhouse steak, but we went with the waiter-recommended sea bass “cartoccio”. The fish was moist and the flavour mild, but it wasn’t as fragrant as expected. Dessert is reputed to be a highlight here; but at the time of our visit, we didn’t find either the Cammino tiramisu or limoncello trifle that impressive.
As expected, Italian wine from Tuscany to Umbria dominates the selection at Cammino. They do have a few from France, Australia, New Zealand and the USA and serves them by glass and half bottle.
Staff are helpful and enthusiastic, which perpetuates the warm and friendly vibe of the restaurant. Our waiter explained every dish and was always ready with recommendations without being too pushy.
A meal for two comes to approximately HK$1,500, and considering that Cammino is a hotel restaurant, we find this price to be reasonable.