Lovers of Italian cuisine will find a large number of Italian restaurants to choose from in Bangkok. It includes eateries that offer Italian dishes created with vegetarian and vegan ingredients, restaurants that focus their attention on pizza and those that offer budget dishes in a cheap and cheerful setting.
However, diners who are looking for something truly special should pay a visit to Gianni Ristorante. This excellent restaurant has been open for more than a decade and has earned a substantial reputation for delighting diners with its excellent food and elegant opera house-style atmosphere.
Gianni Ristorante is extremely stylish and this is the perfect place to take a date or celebrate a special occasion. The restaurant was established by Gianni Favro, who still takes a hands-on approach by putting the finishing touches on dishes in the kitchen and serving as the enigmatic host.
The menu here is extensive and includes a large number of popular Italian dishes as well as house specialities and signature dishes. Diners are sure to be satisfied from the very first bite and it is best to arrive on an empty stomach so that you can sample a range of delicious dishes while soaking up the atmosphere here and enjoying a glass or two of Italian wine.
The menu mostly consists of home-style dishes and it is clear that a lot of time and care has gone into both their design and execution. Seafood lovers should start their meal with the fritto misto, which features baby squid, shrimp and fish fillets served on a bed of polenta. This dish is light and crispy and is ideal for couples to share while they wait for their main courses to arrive.
Handmade strozzapreti pasta served with lamb ragu makes the perfect main course, while the sea bass served marinated in a tangy caper citronette is a real taste sensation. Meat lovers will enjoy the tender Wagyu beef cheeks cooked an Amarone wine reduction, while ravioli filled with salted cod and pureed tomato gives a modern twist to this classic Italian dish.
The restaurant uses fresh, high quality ingredients, most of which are sourced locally. As a result, the menu at Gionni Ristorante is constantly changing, which means that diners will always find something new waiting to set their taste buds tingling.
Gianni Favro is known for his love of experimenting with food. If you are lucky enough to arrive on one of the rare occasions when Gianni Ristorante is not crowded, ask him to recommend something for you. No matter what he creates, it is sure to be a taste sensation that will surprise and delight.
Gianni Ristorante is open daily from 12:00 to 14:00 and 18:00 until 23:00. The restaurant is situated on Ploenchit Road, close to Chit Lom BTS station. The restaurant is large enough to comfortably seat around 80 people, although it is best to make a reservation if you are planning to arrive on a Friday or Saturday night.