Eating Italiano in The Big Mango

Thais have long held a soft spot for the culinary attractions of classical Italian cuisine. Couple their unique attraction to pastas and pizza with the steady influx of foreign tourists and you have a good explanation for the scores of some of the Best Italian Restaurants in Bangkok.

While there are literally scores of great Italian restaurants in Bangkok, we have wandered into the admittedly subjective arena of food critic to identify the Italian restaurants in Bangkok that we think are in the top 5. For the sake of our own sanity and to minimize arguments about who is 1st among the 5, they are listed in alphabetical order below…

Fuzio

With a menu that is possibly the most extensive and spectacular among all Italian restaurants in Bangkok, Fuzio, on Sukhumvit 62 in Ekkamai, offers exquisite dining with Milan – chic ambiance. Located on the 6th floor of The Mini Showroom between Ekkamai Soi 5&7, Fuzio offers such specialties as their 550 baht luncheon menu on Monday – Fridays from 11:30 to 2:30. Their dinner menu is littered with such taste adventures as seared tuna with teriyaki-balsamic sauce, risotto with porcini mushrooms and Tasmanian Wagyu lamb on crust of rosemary, garlic and pine nuts. Their flagship menu items are from their premium beef menu offering either grass or grain feed Australian Angus. Dinner hours are from 6:00 – 10:30 with valet parking and private rooms available as well.

Gianni’s

Gianni’s¸ at 34/1 Soi Tonson on Phloenchit Road takes pride in offering it’s guests a distinctly Mediterranean style dining experience with an emphasis on home style dishes served in an open courtyard setting. Guests will find that the patron chef, Gianni Favro, and his excellent staff treat every day at Gianni’s as culinary theatre, exclusively for the benefit and enjoyment of their clientele. The wine cellar is stocked with 250 labels from Italy and you are well advised to make reservations in advance.

Giusto’s

Giusto’s has been a staple for business lunches in downtown Bangkok since 2003 as a result of a well-deserved reputation for good food at good prices. Lunch is served from 11:30 – 2:00 each day and reservations for dinner are available 7 days a week from 5:30 – 11:00. The dinner menu is well known for Italian specialties that change with the seasons and the newly added wine bar is a destination in itself, with offerings running the gamut from 150 baht/glass house wines to 100,000 baht bottles of vintage labels. The ambiance is fashionable, roomy and elegant with floor to ceiling glass looking in on dense greenery.

La Scala

La Scala offers traditional Italian cuisine including Antipasta, Gamberi and Salsiccia Pan Pizza off of a set lunch menu each weekday from noon till 2:30. Dinner is served on Mondays through Sunday from 6:30 – 11:00 PM. Located in The Sukhothai Hotel on South Sathorn. Dress code is smart casual and reservations are obligatory.

Zanotti

Zanotti has risen to the top of the chart since its founding in 1998 by founder and chef, Gianmaria Zanotti. Located in the heart of Bangkok, it is famous for their traditional cuisine from Northern Italy. The ambiance is Italian provincial and the menu features a wide range of pastas made fresh each day. Lunch hours are 11:30 – 2:00 while dinner is served from 6:00 – 10:30 each day, with reservations recommended.

By Greg Johnson

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