The Family Table

10350988_313790945438288_2719486952821863527_nAt 6.30 pm on the 5th of June.

You are invited to The Family Table, places are limited so to reserve your seat at the table RSVP +84 4 6327 1142


Aperitif Recipes- Bellini Cocktail

To start our series of Recipes together with our Aperitivo all’Italiana every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Sundown: Il Faro Bed&Breakfast and Italian Restaurant Hanoi, we are celebrating the classic Italian cocktail, and you’re invited to join us for un Aperitivo all’Italiana.

Bellini cocktail

The Bellini cocktail was invented by Giuseppe Cipriani, owner of the famous Harry’s Bar in Venice in 1934. Because of the cocktail’s unique pink color, which reminded Cipriani of the color of a saint’s toga in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist  Giovanni Bellini, he named the drink  Bellini

Nigel Slater's Bellini cocktail

The essential white peaches, whose sieved pulp gives the cocktail its fragrance, can be found only in midsummer and autumn.

The recipe

Ideally, push your peaches through a food mill, but you may prefer to blitz them in a food processor. Despite their white flesh the purée will be a pale rose-gold. Put 2 tsp of the purée in the base of each chilled champagne glass then pour over thoroughly chilled, dry Prosecco. You need 2 or 3 peaches per bottle.

The trick

Have your white peaches ripe but refrigerated before you purée them. The choice of glass is up to you. I like a long stem on mine, but a thin tumbler is traditional. Keep everything chilled including the glass – a warm bellini is not worth considering. Use about 3 or 4 parts sparkling wine to one part peach purée. Don’t even think of using canned peaches. Bottled peach juice is just about acceptable, but sweeter and less fragrant, and somehow misses the point.

The twist

Swap the peach juice for tangerine, so you can drink it in winter. Use raspberry or strawberry purée, thoroughly sieved, and add a single drop of orange blossom water to each glass.


Aperitif-Antipasti Recipes- Deep Fried Stuffed Ascolan Olives

To start our series of Recipes together with our Aperitivo all’Italiana every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Il Faro Bed&Breakfast and Italian Restaurant Hanoi, we have chosen a very traditional Italian delicacy.


Olive all’Ascolana are delicious stuffed and deep fried olives typical of Ascoli, a city in Le Marche region

Ingredients for 10:

50 Olives

Olive oil for deep frying

Flour to coat

2 eggs beaten

Dried breadcrumbs to coat


3 tablespoons of olive oil

50g of butter

100g of lean pork, finely minced

100g of lean veal, finely minced

50g of boneless chicken, minced

salt and pepper

3 tablespoons of dry Marsala or sherry

1 small black truffle, diced

few drops of truffle oil

30g of Parma ham, finely chopped

3 tablespoons of finely chopped parley

2 teaspoons of freshly grated nutmeg

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

50g of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

A little milk if needed.


To make the filling, heat the olive oil and butter in a pan. Add the minced meats and fry, stirring, for 5-6 minutes until well browned. Season with salt and pepper, add the Marsala or sherry and let bubble to reduce down. Take off the heat and cool, then transfer to a large mixing bowl .

Add the truffle and truffle oil, the ham, parsley, nutmeg and lemon zest. Then mix, adding the egg and grated cheese. The mixture should be firm enough to use as a stuffing but not too dry; soften with a drop of milk if necessary. Taste for seasoning.

Starting from the top, cut each olive in a spiral fashion to reach and lose the stone inside, keeping the spiral intact. Take a little of the filling and enclose it in the olive spiral, pressing a little to regain the original shape.

Finish and cook the olives a few at a time. Heat the olive oil for deep-frying in a suitable pan. Dip the olives in a little flour, then into the beaten egg, and then roll them in the breadcrumbs. Deep fry 2-3 minutes until brown, then drain on kitchen paper.

Serve hot as an antipasto, with little lemon wedges if you like.


Aperitivo all’Italiana- Italian aperitifs in Hanoi

10370984_314114125405970_6445774345660050518_nThis Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5,30 to 7.30 pm join up with friends for an Aperitivo all’Italiana. A time to relax in Italian style in our sunny courtyard under the shady fruit trees while enjoying a unique selection of appetizers and wines. The aperitif is a genuinely Italian experience and is one of the most enjoyable moments for many Italians and very popular because food is served along with drinks.

Aperitifs are more common in the evening, just before dinner. Starting times vary with seasons and regions, earlier in the North and later in southern Italy. Typical Italian drinks consumed during aperitifs are wine, liquurs and cocktails. Perhaps one of the most classic drinks is the SPRITZ, a genuinely Italian cocktail made with dry white wine or prosecco, sparkling water and Aperol or Campari.

Aperol is an orange-flavoured Italian drink with a mix of different herbs. Campari has a higher alcohol content and is slightly more bitter. Both are used in a variety of Italian cocktails or simply drunk with ice and lemon. Another famous Italian cocktail is NEGRONI. It consists of red Vermouth, Gin, and bitter Campari. it is named after Count Negroni who invented it one day out of chance, inside an aristocratic cafe in Florence. Bored with his usual Americano, he asked the barman to add Gin instead of sparkling water.

The Aperitivo is a serious social event, a time to dress up and meet up with friends. the appetizers offered with an aperitif in Italy are varied, such as pasta, risotto, cold cuts, bread, vegetables, pickles and much more, in this case known as the ‘long aperitif’.

Some favourite Italian appetizers are below and Il Faro Bed&Breakfast and Restaurant will be posting up a recipe each week for an Italian Cocktail and Appetizer, though for those of you in in Hanoi we hope you’ll join us for an Aperitivo all’Italiana in person every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Sundown.

Up and coming Cocktail and Appetizer recipes

Parmesan cheese appetizers with Traditional Balsamic Vinegar 

Italian stuffed mussels

Italian truffle crostini recipe from southern Italy

Pesto and cherry tomato appetizer

Crayfish recipe in green sauce


“Cucina ottima stanze idem”

“Cucina ottima stanze idem”
5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2014

Situato a 10 minuti di taxi dal centro in posizione tranquilla per quelli come me si recano ad Hanoi per lavoro . Ottima cucina Italiana e confortevoli anche le stanze con una velocissima rete wifi . Da provare . Complimenti a Leonardo per la gestione .
Marco ( Torino )

“Best Italian in Hanoi!”

“Best Italian in Hanoi!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2014
This was an excellent find! The location is a bit hidden, but that adds to the peacefulness of the dining experience. Quiet and superbly decorated– Il Faro Del Mediterraneo provides a dinner away from the every day noise of Hanoi. I had a fantastic Risotto, minestrone soup, and a nice glass of wine. I would highly recommend going for dinner… it’s something you won’t regret!

Visited May 2014
5 of 5 stars Value
5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
5 of 5 stars Service
5 of 5 stars Food

“A pleasant hotel stay and a plus/plus restaurant”

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2014
I booked for four nights at the small boutique hotel. Rooms are clean and comfortable and neighborhood super quite. Service friendly and helpful.
The plus is to have one of the best Italian restaurants in Hanoi just downstairs!
I had few dinners and lunches both quick pasta or more complete menu. Everything was excellent. Freshly prepared, good ingredients and hand picked wine list.
Strongly recommend as hotel stay and restaurant.

Visited May 2014
5 of 5 stars Value
5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
5 of 5 stars Service
5 of 5 stars Food

“nice place to stay, best italian food in Ha Noi”

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2014
walking around Tay Ho Lake, discovered il Faro by chance. Had lunch there, spaghetti alle vongole like in italy, kids went for carbonara, also very good.. The place has a very relaxing atmosphere, we eat in the garden. We discovered they also had rooms for rent: as we stayed in Ha noi for five days, we moved in the last 2 days: il Faro was our relaxing oasis in chaotic Ha Noi.
Manager very friendly, helped us also with good tips for Ha Noi by night.

Visited April 2014
4 of 5 stars Value
5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
5 of 5 stars Service
5 of 5 stars Food

“fabulous Italian restaurant and b&b”

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2014
We stayed here 2 nights, Il Faro is a lovely colonial style villa and the first night we ate inside the restaurant which is elegant and classic Italian with tables draped in black and white matching the black and white marble floor. There is a transparent wine cellar stocked with Italian and French wines. We ordered a bottle of Chianti to go with our fresh pasta dish of garganelli and duck coated in mustard, parmasan and black pepper, which was out of this world.
The following day we opted for lunch in the shady courtyard, full of sun umrellas and fruit trees, feeling greedy I finished up with a chocolate ganesh with mint leaves, an amazing sweet of caramel flakes, smooth chocolate mousse with a spun sugar coating.
The Italian and Vietnamese staff were very kind and made us feel special. The room we stayed in was very nice, it had the old world colonial flavour and elegance coupled with a super modern tiled shower room en suite and the bedroom was simple and elegant with crisp white bed linen and antique eastern furniture and a comfy sitting area. After the hustle and bustle of down town Hanoi, we were glad to retreat to Il Faro for some Rest and Relaxation.

Visited May 2014
5 of 5 stars Value
5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
5 of 5 stars Service
5 of 5 stars Food

“So nice, so quiet, so good food,”

moarti, Vienna, Austria

5 of 5 stars

Have been there on recommendation for year end dinning with some families with kids, mixed european and vietnamese. Al together 18 people. We selected that apart from the food, because the kids have a totally car/moto free space for playing.
For that big delegation we preordered a menu, so w could pick whatever everybody liked from the plates, as it is normal practice in vietnam, but Best Italien food.
Living in hanoi, its really a pleasure to get real original Italien food.
Selection of wine is also quite extensive.
So we had a real nice evening there, will definitely come back.