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 that Sathorn is actually a gold mine of quality Italian restaurants. We’ve curated five Italian fare venues where you can gorge on the best pasta, pizza and all the other Italian dishes Sathorn has to offer.
Trattoria Pizzeria Il Bolognese
Having a good, authentic Italian meal is another way of telling your body you love it. And if you’re searching for a no-fail Italian meal like crave-worthy pizza, pasta and sweet confections, Trattoria Pizzeria Il Bolognese should absolutely be your move. Here, a spirited cuisine of Bologna is served on a plate, laden with authenticity rather than fusion twists. We recommend going for the classics like the Napoli (THB 340) and Prosciutto Crudo (THB 440). But if you prefer more of a meatier option, Nduja (THB 490), a pie topped with spicy sausage, buffalo mozzarella and dried tomato, will be your hot choice.
Trattoria Pizzeria Il Bolognese, 139/3 South Sathon Soi 7, Bangkok, +662 286 8805; open: Mon-Sun, 11:30 am-2:30 pm for lunch and 5:30-11 pm for dinner.
If gorgeous and elegant Italian food served in a smart setting is what you’re after, saunter over to La Scala, an Italian house within The Sukhothai Bangkok. Presented by Tuscan Chef David Tamburini, the restaurant offers a fine dining experience, with a focus on progressive Italian cuisine that truly speaks to the outlet’s attempt in driving Italian cuisine forward. And although it pretty much puts the spotlight on a lineup of elaborate dishes, La Scala is mostly far-famed for its wood-fired pizzas that are as addictive and approachable like any other great street pies. A unique must-try is definitely the beautiful Schiacciatina (THB 790++): a sandwich pizza stuffed with luscious mascarpone cheese, tender Parma ham, wild rockets, and juicy tomatoes.
La Scala, The Sukhothai Bangkok, 13/3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, +662 344 8888; open: Mon-Sun, 12 pm-3 pm and 6:30 pm-11:30 pm.
Hundreds of fusion Italian restaurants have dotted the streets of Bangkok. But one of a few that totally stands out, thanks to its modern takes on the Roman cuisine and perfect-for-date-night setting, is Sensi. Run by the creative Chef Stefano Merlo, his food is a reflection of the restaurant’s focus in presenting Italian meals in the most vibrant, advanced and sensual way. Although the Caramelised Duck Leg bejewelled with bright lemon zest is our go-to, the vegetarian Farro Salad studded with rainbow-coloured roasted veggies is also one of their many showstoppers.
Sensi, 1040 Narathiwat Soi 17 Yak 5, Sathorn, Bangkok, +662 676 4466; open: Mon-Sat, 5:30 pm-12 am.
When talking about a true neighbourhood spot, Sorrento has been around serving legitimate Italian fare for years on end. And if you love a crowd-pleasing dish, Sorrento serves up a drool-inducing Pizza Zalute (THB 390), which is a pie topped with a toothsome trio of cheese: mascarpone, mozzarella and parmigiana. Carb lovers also don’t forget to tuck into their stellar array of pasta dishes. We love the Linguine in Chunky Pesto & Grilled Prawns (THB 280) that gives off wonderfully nutty and herby deliciousness.
Sorrento, Sathorn 10, Bangkok, +662 234 9933; open: Sun-Thu, 11 am-11 pm. Fri-Sat, 11am-12 am.
La Casa Nostra
Humble Italian dishes are presented in a new light here at La Casa Nostra. It’s still the good ol’ pizza, pasta and salad dishes with minor twists but the looks are modernised to fit the contemporary life’s advanced palates. Stick with the classic slash classy dish of Cotoletta Di Vitello Alla Milanese (THB 980), which is a veal coated in seasoned bread crumbs and garnished with roasted cherry tomatoes. But for a foodie who sticks to a plant-based diet, Burratina Sandwich (THB 130) made out of a brioche bun, burrata cheese and a spread of roasted cherry tomato relish can be enjoyed by both vegetarian and carnivore alike.
La Casa Nostra, 22 Soi Sathon 1, +662 287 2402; open: Mon-Sun, 11:30am -12 am.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Bangkok on 19 July 2019.