Essential Macau | True flavours from the south of Italy

Try chef Giovanni Galeota’s recommendations at Casa Don Alfonso

Casa Don Alfonso is a cosy and family-friendly restaurant nestled within Grand Lisboa Hotel, Macau, serving authentic Italian with a casual dining approach.

The restaurant was opened by Alfonso Iaccarino in 2007 and has undergone some big changes since last year.  What used to be a fine-dining Italian restaurant named Don Alfonso 1890 has now become the casual eatery Casa Don Alfonso, meaning “Don Alfonso’s home”.

After some renovation work, the restaurant is now decorated in retro-ish colours, transporting guests to a European house suffused with pastel shades of white and light blue, with bird and floral motifs. The chic and classy ambiance is perfect for all kinds of celebrations.

Heading the kitchen team in Macau is chef de cuisine of Casa Don Alfonso, Giovanni Galeota. Born and raised in Naples, he has worked in several awarded restaurants around the world. The chef joined the team at Don Alfonso 1890 in 2012 but left for a short period. He returned to the familyrun Don Alfonso Consulting & Distribution two years later, and worked with master chef Alfonso Iaccarino for a long time.

The menu has changed as well, now featuring more Italian family-style dishes. Guests can enjoy a journey of senses exploring the south of Italy – the Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast.

Whether you are a first-time visitor or already familiar with the menu, it is always a good idead to try some recommended by the chef. Giovanni Galeota has designed a menu that he really wants the guests to try. 

Whet the appetite with an entrée prepared by the chef  Caprese salad with fresh buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil and cherry tomato. This simple dish features the colours of the Italian flag: green, white and red.

Pasta is the soul of any Italian restaurant. One of the must-try dishes at Casa Don Alfonso is the homemade blackink tagliolini with scallops and greens asparagus. The pasta is silky soft and clearly wellmade with a pleasant and light sauce. Ravioli is a common dish for Italian families. The chef also highly recommends the homemade ravioli filled with veal ragout in Genovese style and burrata cheese. Genovese sauce is a popular pasta sauce from Naples and an important part of its culinary history, having been introduced to the city in the 15th or 16th century. It is prepared by sautéing either beef or veal in a large amount of onions, for many hours. The main dish has to be the US rack of lamb with baby vegetables and Mediterranean pesto, which is perfectly fresh to balance out the fattiness of the lamb.

To complete this extraordinary dining experience at Casa Don Alfonso, there is a delightful sweet treat using delicious mangoes to create a soufflé with yogurt sorbet.

For guests looking to add a little buzz to the meal, there is an outstanding wine list and a cellar of more than 17,000 labels.

Casa Don Alfonso 

3F, Grand Lisboa Macau, Avenida de Lisboa, Macau