Atto Primo is an upscale Italian restaurant located at Five on the Bund. It boasts an expansive menu of regional Italian dishes, exquisite pastas, equally delicious pizzas, and mains that will make any Italian grandma proud. They also have a curated wine list.

Atto Primo on the Bund, one of the best Italian restaurants in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Atto Primo on the Bund, one of the best Italian restaurants in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.

When someone asks me, “where do you go for pasta in Shanghai?” I would say Atto Primo every time. It’s definitely my top 3 for Italian restaurants in Shanghai. And yet, it’s an underrated venue. Not much coverage or talk, and that’s a pity. Plus, it contends with other Bund-side heavyweights. Ergo, the massive restaurant may lack the bustling ambience it deserves.

Pasta at Atto Primo on the Bund, one of the best Italian restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
One of my favorite dishes: Agnolotti (¥168) stuffed with meat, served with veal jus and black truffle sauce.
Pizza at Atto Primo on the Bund, one of the best Italian restaurants in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Melanzana Pizza (¥118), also excellent. Grilled eggplant, parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes, tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil.

Chef Patron Gianluca Serafin is there every waking moment, unless he’s back home or on holiday, which as I understand isn’t very often.

The food is great! The brunch deal is greater! Here is what’s on offer.

Brunch at Atto Primo

There are nearly 30 dishes to choose from: eggy breakfasty stuff, classic Italian sharing starters, heavy-hitting pastas, massive carne plates, and dessert.

Brunch at Atto Primo is ¥258 for three courses, sharing welcome, and includes unlimited black coffee or tea. Free-flow prosecco is ¥188. Prices are nett.

Table bread
Smoked salmon for for Brunch at Atto Primo on the Bund, an Italian restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
House-smoked salmon
Eggs for Brunch at Atto Primo on the Bund, an Italian restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Uova dello Zappatore aka “farmer’s eggs”. Scrambled eggs with roasted peppers, spicy sausage, and pecorino cheese.
Baked Rigatoni for Brunch at Atto Primo on the Bund, an Italian restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Baked Rigatoni with Bolognese, mozzarella, and cheese sauce.
Baked Rigatoni for Brunch at Atto Primo on the Bund, an Italian restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Braised tripe for Brunch at Atto Primo on the Bund, an Italian restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Braised tripe in tomato and parmesan sauce. Excellent. Great to dip with bread.
Braised lamb shank for Brunch at Atto Primo on the Bund, an Italian restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Braised lamb shank with spiced lentils
Braised lamb shank for Brunch at Atto Primo on the Bund, an Italian restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
You definitely need to share this course
French toast for Brunch at Atto Primo on the Bund, an Italian restaurant in Shanghai. Photo by Rachel Gouk.
Caramelized brioche with banana, and brown milk jam.

You should also get the duck liver terrine with fig compote and toast, one of Atto Primo’s signatures since they opened.

The menu is subject to change. The mains are included in the three-course price, additional mains are ¥118. Everything above the “mains” line is ¥88 per additional dish.


Atto Primo
Address: 2/F, 20 Guangdong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 广东路20号2楼, 近中山东一路
Tel: 63280271
Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-midnight, Sat-Sun brunch 11:30am-4pm

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