May 14, 2012|
BK TOP PICK: Best Pizza in Bangkok
With just a half-dozen mains and a dozen pasta dishes, Limoncello can focus on what it does best—stellar pizzas. The selection is just exciting. First, there are the white pizzas, like the glorious ai quattro fromaggi (mozzarella, scamorza, gorgonzola, parmesan). It’s decadently rich but not oily, with sharp, smoky flavors and soothing creaminess, the crust still crisp despite all this molten, almost liquid cheese sitting atop. Or try the simple, perfect combination of spinach and ricotta in the Popeye. On the tomato sauce side, you’ll find such authentic treats as the pizza alla Napoletana, which comes with a thicker, softer crust (the thin crust is Roman-style), or the aristocratic Zanotti with generous servings of mascarpone and Parma ham. So order some Chianti, some pizza, save room for the delicious panna cotta or just a cup of strawberries (they taste like strawberries, a rare experience in Bangkok, from B160) and enjoy the kitsch experience of dining on checkered tablecloths under a vaulted ceiling painted with chubby cherubs.
Limoncello, 17 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 02-651-0707.
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Pala is buzzing with Italian gentlemen tucking into pasta (B190-B290), and everyone else enjoying the thick, bread-like pizza (B40-B95 per slice) and some house wine. It’s all very authentic, and the glass showcase packed with antipasti, cold cuts and obscure dolce is stunning. All the more amazing considering it’s sat beneath BTS Asoke, and has stools only.
Pala, 1 MRTA, Asoke Rd., 02-259-1228/-9.
Scoozi’s winning formula of “authentic” (they’re not strictly traditional, but they don’t pander, either) pizzas and pastas, reasonable prices, contemporary décor and courteous service places them—or at least this outlet—at the top among casual Italian eateries in the capital. Surrounded by glass on two sides and blessed with a high ceiling, this Scoozi Pizzeria manages to fit a lot into a small amount of floor space. The pizzas are by far the highlight, although it’s nice to have options and Scoozi also offers a half-dozen or so (of each) salads, appetizers, sandwiches and pastas. There are over 30 kinds of pizza on the menu, ranging from a naked flatbread with oil and rosemary to posh pies with luxury toppings like champignon mushrooms, four kinds of cheese and truffle oil on the Tartufo. Delivery available.
Scoozi, Fenix Thonglor Bldg., Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thong Lor), 02-391-5113.
Relatively low on prices, but big on flavors. The cheese is lovely and ample and sauce is flavorful. Pizza topping may be far from sophisticated Italian stuff--those super-salty little disks reminded us of childhood-era, pleasantly chewy pepperoni. Highlights are definitely the crust, the unpretentious topping, and the low price.
Pizza Mania, Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-261-1212.
This place scores highly for pizzas. The wood-fire oven and homemade dough makes them suitably crisp; there are also plenty of pasta dishes. While you're at it, order some desserts, which continue the kitchen’s impressive performance: the tiramisu is rich and creamy, the pannacotta wonderfully thick. As a perfect end to a very good meal, the coffee is served bang on time, just as you finish licking your dessert bowl clean.
Sambuca, 139/3 Sathorn Tai Soi 7, 02-286-8805.
Uncluttered, cozy and avoiding the retro trend, this neighborhood garden-style pizzeria serves homemade-tasting pizzas. The crusts are crunchy with lots of body. We love the lovely tart tomato sauce and silky cheese. As for toppings, we actually like the mild porky flavor with a touch of pepper of the pepporoni. Delivery avalable.
Pizzazo, 88 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-259-1234.
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