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Even in the high heat of summer, new restaurants are firing up their kitchens and throwing open their doors to hungry hoards. Inside the new Jing’an Shangri-La is 1515 West Chophouse, a traditional steakhouse gone contemporary, with a film theme and top-shelf cuts. The steaks are the main attraction, but beyond that is a raw seafood bar and a cheese room packed with gorgeous hunks. Also within the hotel is Chinese restaurant Summer Palace, which serves delicate dim sum.
Down at the Bund, inside a gorgeous landmark building, deCanto serves superbly executed Italian food with an emphasis on top ingredients, either imported or made in house. The thick menu is packed with traditional dishes—buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes, an enormous beef shank, ricotta-filled ravioli—and a few more unique offerings like rosemary tiger prawns with mango puree. Pizzas, done in the restaurant’s gleaming pizza oven, are thin and crispy.
For a slightly more low-key Italian meal, D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana, in the heart of the French Concession, duly fits the bill. Pizzas include the summery Pizza Fontina, topped with pear, lemon, zucchini blossoms, gorgonzola, and mozzarella.
Cool off after a long, hot day of sightseeing with a cocktail or glass of wine at some of Shanghai’s newest bars. La Vite is half restaurant, half watering hole, so you can nosh on Prosciutto pizza while sipping an earthy red or crisp, cold glass of white. Wine Plus Enoteca, not to be confused with Shanghai’s other spots Enoterra and Enoteca, offers nearly 100 pages worth of options. Sixteen wines are available by the glass and hundreds by the bottle. If you can’t decide on just one (or two…or three), Wine Plus offers a tasting menu of five.