You don’t have to be a 90’s ninja turtle or of Mediterranean descendant to appreciate a good pizza, but when it comes to Italian breads in Bangkok there’s a notable difference between good and great.
While there’s clearly no shortage of awesome and authentic Italian restaurants in the city serving up prizing-winning pastas, antipastos, and desserts, finding a Bangkok pizza that passes the Naples test can be a far greater challenge.
To help you seek out a pizza pie that pleases the pallet here are some of Bangkok’s best pizza restaurants:
Just off the vibrant Sukhumvit Soi 11, Limoncello certainly has the look of a restaurant that would serve up some authentic Italian eating, set in a chateau like stand-alone house; similar to something you’d expect to see on a Lombardy mountainside. Fortunately for bread and pizza lovers Limoncello are firmly focused on what they do best, with only a handful of desserts and mains, and a small selection of pasta plates, the menu is deliciously dominated by a long list of pizza toppings.
Toppings here range from simple meat and sauce combos to authentic regional favourites such as Napoletana and Zanotti, serving both thick soft crust dough and Roman-style, thin and crispy.
Limoncello, 17 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-651-0707.
Despite being a chain restaurant with branches spread all across the city (including Siam Paragon, Seacon Square, and Central Chidlom locations), Scoozi are serious challengers for best pizza in Bangkok. Each and every Scoozi eatery is decorated in modern style, promising to be spacious and atmospheric, you really won’t feel like you are in a commercial diner.
The reasonably priced pizzas include all the classics from Margarita to Vegetariana, and Fruiti di Mare, as well as more extravagant and exotic toppings such as tenderloin beef and truffle oil. Can be found all over Bangkok
Scoozi, Fenix Thonglor Bldg., Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thong Lor), 02-391-5113
A quaint and contemporary Italian pizzeria cum French bistro, Pizzazo gives its diners the option of feasting in their modern air conditioned dining room, or out in the atmospheric terrace garden. There is a Pizza making station based by the entrance, sure to whet the appetite of every incoming customer.
Home to pure French and Italian dishes, without even the obligatory Thai plates you might find in other such restaurant, Pizzazo concentration on what they do best, which include baking up some of the city’s best pizzas and calzones. The rarer regional toppings including Bufala, Nero Nera, and Lombardini.
Pizzazo, 88 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-259-1234.
Ok, this isn’t a posh pizzeria, or even an Italian restaurant of any type, but the chefs at the Asian fusion restaurant Pla Dib have developed a knack for making pretty near-perfect pizzas. This modern, minimalist, warehouse-style diner has a wonderful wide selection of crossover dishes with heavy influences from Thai, Japanese, and European cuisines.
Despite not standing at the head of their menu, the pizzas at the Pla Dib come in crispy crust format, direct from their dedicated wood-fired oven, with inventing toppings including the spicy chilli shrimp.
Pla Dib, 1/1 Areesampan Soi 7 Rama 6, 2 279 8185
It may sound like a cheesy fast food joint, but Pizza Mania is potentially the king of Bangkok pizza parlours. Unfortunately this isn’t strictly a restaurant with home delivery service only at the moment, but the breads and pizzas here have such a great reputation we just had to give them a mention.
With over 40 pizzas and breads available, from the standard classics such as Marinara, Hawaiian, and Quattro Formaggi, to more unique and exotic toppings such as Erotica, Pirata, and Indiana, you are sure to find something on the menu that will have you licking your lips in anticipation.
Pizza Mania, Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-261-1212.
By Kim Loe.