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There are two keys to Italian cuisine: good produce and simple preparation. Tivoli manages neither. As a result, they offer a huge menu of mostly bland, completely forgettable fare and a pretty good pizza. The seafood soup (RMB78) is freezer-fresh, doused in a watery tomato base, as is the pumpkin ravioli (RMB78). We couldn’t soak it up even with lashings of too-salty Parmesan.

Marginally better are thin tranches of veal (RMB68) smothered in a creamy, slightly tuna-flavored sauce. Best was the pizza Tivoli (RMB98). Delightfully drenched in gorgonzola and dressed in porcini mushrooms, it packs a punch. Sourcing must be a challenge to chef Palmiro (of the Italian Pavilion) – it will take more than a huge restaurant to attract discerning diners.

  • Tivoli
  • 021 6562-8555

  • 2/F, 889 Nanjing Xi Lu [map]
  • 上海市南京西路889号2楼

  • Italian
  • ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
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