Bambino is the latest project by Chef Lucky Lasagna and the Juke team, a cozy 30-seater restaurant on Shaanxi Bei Lu that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside cocktails and wine.

Bambino: A Non-Traditional Osteria by Lucky Lasagna

Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The face of this new eatery is Lucky Lasagna. He’s joined forces with the Juke team, namely chef Michael Janczewski (Bastard) and Sebastien Dallee on the creative side. This Italian osteria in Jing’an is Lucky’s first independent project.

Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

You might have heard of Lucky Lasagna. He’s a chef and tattoo artist from Aprilia, a seaside town outside Rome, and was most recently the chef at Italo. He’s known for his larger-than-life personality and his tendency for eccentricities, particularly when it comes to his food. If you met him, he’d be impossible to forget. The moniker “cucina furiosa” that goes along with the Bambino name hints at the “furiously playful” theme of the osteria and of Lucky’s personsa.

Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

As for the space, it’s tiny, as the name suggests. Bambino only has 30 seats, spread across two floors—22 upstairs and an eight-seater communal table downstairs. It’s a cozy fit.

Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

On The Menu

The food at Bambino is a blend of old school (Lucky) and modern (Michael). They’re changing up traditional Italian flavors and iconic dishes by adding an inventive twist.

Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Think arancini filled with alphabet pasta instead of rice and a porchetta made with monkfish instead of pork. It’s new and intriguing—not too crazy for our Shanghai palates, but it might make an Italian nonna’s head spin. It’s a lot of Lucky’s ideas that are then refined by Michael, whose elegant touch is hard to miss.

The menu is small, much like Juke, with only about 12-14 dishes on the menu. Dishes will rotate every two months or so.

Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Grissini (¥12) – Jumbo grissini bread served with chili and rosemary infused extra virgin olive oil.
Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Buffalo Mozzarella (¥68) with thick medallions of grilled zucchini, tiny snap peas that pop with sweetness, garden herbs, sweet chili, and hazelnuts.
Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Alphabet Arancini (¥48/two) – Uber cheesy arancini filled with alphabet pasta instead of rice, cooked in the style of cacio e pepe, topped with parma ham and guindilla peppers.
Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
King Crab (¥98) seasoned with remoulade sauce, capers, gherkins, and finger limes, served with carta musica, a thin “parchment bread” from Sardinia. Clean, fresh flavors with citrusy peaks.
Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Ravioli (¥78) – Delicious fresh-made ravioli filled with red prawns and yellow cherry tomatoes, served with lashings of reduced bisque, pecorino cheese, and pink peppercorns. Delicious and a must-order.
Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Fish Porchetta (¥88) – The ultimate unconventional dish. Monkfish (instead of pork for porchetta) wrapped in pancetta, served with cannellini bean purée, finely diced celery, and olives. I’m a fan of this fleshy fish, and it goes well with the saltiness of the bacon and the refreshing crunch of celery.
Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Trippa a la Romana (¥80) – A rich dish of tender tripe cooked in tomato paste and herbs, served with house-made dried corn polenta and dusted with shavings of pecorino cheese. The polenta is quite special. It’s made from fresh corn and has a sweet, nutty flavor.
Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Panna Cotta (¥56) – Corn milk panna cotta with Montenegro glaze, boozy currants, and popcorn. A unique dessert. The panna cotta is slightly mealy and not completely smooth like other panna cottas, and has a nutty aftertaste that’s absolutely lovely.

As for drinks, it’s a selection of wines by women-only winemakers or owners and cocktails. Wines by the glass start from ¥68. Cocktails are courtesy of bartender Colin Tait (Black Rock, Heyday, Shake). Cocktails start at ¥50 (spritz and negronis) and go to ¥62 for signatures.

Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Espresso Shakerato (¥62) – An espresso martini of tonka bean infused whisky and Palo Cortado sherry. Velvety, nutty and Christmassy.
Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Limoncello Milk Punch (¥62) – A bright and sunny limoncello. Immediately transports you to summer in Italy.
Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Raspberry Campari Spritz (¥50) – Campari with Fever Tree raspberry and orange blossom soda. A refreshing, easy-going drink.
Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Lippo (¥62) – A citrusy tipple of gin, kaffir lime, basil, jalapeño, bergamot, and Tabasco. Herbaceous, salty, and sweet all at once.
Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

I can’t say much about the vibe, seeing as it hasn’t opened yet. However, they aim to be a buzzy, convivial space, similar to Juke.

Bambino is currently open for dinner. Hours will extend after Chinese New Year, by which time they will serve sandwiches as a daytime panini bar, along with coffee and other quick and easy dishes. Upcoming new dinner dishes include a chocolate torta with milk ice cream, artichoke bagna cauda, and octopus putanesca.

Chef Lucky Lasagna opens Bambino, a restaurant in Jing'an, Shanghai that serves “unconventional traditional” Italian food alongside excellent cocktails. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Soft opening on December 7.

Bookings recommended. Add “Bambino_600” on WeChat to book.


Bambino
Hours: 600 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Xinzha Lu 陕西北路600号, 近新闸路
Tel: 13166296689
Hours: Wed-Sun, 6pm-late; closed Mon-Tue (soft opening hours)
WeChat: Bambino_600