5 best Italian restaurants to try in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit 31 (Soi Sawasdee)
There’s absolutely no lack of top-notch Italian restaurants in the city. And if you’re anything like us – hunting the lengths and breadths of the city for the best Italian dishes about town – you’d know Sukhumvit 31 (Soi Sawasdee) is actually a gold mine of quality Italian restaurants. We’ve curated five Italian fare-focused venues where you can gorge on the best pasta, pizzas and all the other Italian dishes the street of Sukhumvit 31 has to offer.
Add some fun and a few splashes of colour to your Italian dining experience with Calderazzo On 31’s vibrant and vivid-in-flavour southern Italian fare. The venue boasts a repertoire of gourmet dishes like Amalfitana (THB 390), an arugula salad topped with panko-crumbed prawn and calamari, Amalfi Fettuccine (THB 290), which is cream-coated fettuccine seasoned with Reggiano cheese, cracked black pepper and lemon skin for an acidic pop. Spicy-food devotees should also go for the N’djua Pizza (THB 380), as the thin dough is smeared with Calabrian spicy salami spread and decorated with pungent green chilli. Bright in tastes and colours, dining here is absolutely like devouring Italian sunshine served on a plate.
Served as Bangkok’s version of a Roman trattoria (casual Italian restaurant), Appia is a homey Italian eatery, serving comfort food with a fine-dining flair. A must-have meal at Appia always involves meat and pasta. The highlights here are Appia’s Famous Chicken Liver Crostini (THB 250), with the rich chicken pate sandwiched between the crusty slash tangy sourdough and seasoned simply to taste with Maldon salt; Lamb Ribs (THB 980), crispy lamb ribs cooked and seasoned to succulence and served with rosemary gremolata (Italian herb condiment). For an even more carb-laden affair, savour your taste buds with the Gnocchi with Sparerib Stew (THB 450), a house-made potato gnocchi with pork sparerib ragu and a generous sprinkling of Straciatella cheese.
Here is the home of Bangkok’s Neapolitan-style pizza that, since its opening, has quickly become the favourite spot for local pizza connoisseurs. Our top pick here at Peppina is the La Corona pizza (THB 690). Made with house-made pizza dough and smeared with bright tomato sauce before being baked in the wood-fired oven, the pie is topped with ribbons of Prosciutto, greens, and an entire piece of burrata placed amid its centre. Looking for something different? The 417 (THB 360) is a burst of flavours due to its toppings of spicy salami, red pepper, capers, anchovies, olive and garlic. Seriously, you shouldn’t miss out on the latter when dining at Peppina.
Just when we thought pizza couldn’t get any weirder (think hamburger pizza at Delices de Capoue), Bella Napoli surprises us with its wood-fired pie decorated with a bridge of parma ham.
Situated in the middle of Soi Sawasdee, the tavern-style restaurant evokes the old-school cosy vibe that makes diners feel as though they are dining at an Italian grandma’s kitchen. Its menu features a wide range of pizzas, pasta, and steaks. But if there’s anything we can’t truly resist, other than parma pizza, it’s the Titanic Pie (THB 380), which is a meaty medley of mozzarella, ham and mixed seafood. The Priest’s (THB 320) is also very rich with a generous portion of mozzarella, parmesan, mushroom, bell pepper and rocket salad — you simply can’t turn this one down if you love the good ol’ pizza pocket.
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At Antonio’s The Italian Experience, Antonio Armenio shares with us his family recipes originated in the region of Puglia in Southern Italy and also makes food inspired from his memory of the dining table as a kid. Lashings of Italy’s southern dishes fill out the entire 6-page menu. From traditional salads to soups, pasta, risotto and main courses, diners will find the food selection here more ambitious than humble. Tuck into their awarded House-made Ravioli filled with Porcini Mushroom (THB 720) where the stuffed pasta gets cooked and coated in black truffle cream for added aroma and lusciousness. Vegetarians can take delight in the Risotto Agli Asparagi Bianco (THB 450), white asparagus risotto and Gnocchi al Gorgonzola (THB 360), which are potato dumplings showered in the Gorgonzola cheese sauce. The restaurant also puts focus on house-made gelati (THB 150 per scoop) that can be enjoyed by omnivores and vegetarians alike. Flavours range from hazelnut, pistachio, double chocolate, strawberry and lemon sorbet.