Sukhothai’s La Scala still epitomizes hotel fine dining. 

Once the definition of posh Italian dining in Bangkok (see the Top 10 in Top Tables 2013 for proof), La Scala has now unveiled a new look that’s set to thrust it back into foodie consciousness.

After six months of renovations, out goes the old bronze and terracotta palette in favor of lighter, creamy tones with red and black accents that tip a hat to the restaurant’s Milan theater namesake.

But it’s the food that really counts. And on that front, head chef David Tamburini is still in the kitchen, plating up delicious pastas using fresh-from-Italy ingredients (try the Sicilian red prawns and zucchini in a sesame broth, B1,350) and perfectly roasted carne—the lamb saddle (B1,800) with caci e ova (a classic egg and cheese sauce) is an absolute must.

The bar has been done in shimmering mosaic tiles, a fresh look to match the punchy cocktails by new Italian bartender Roberto Cuda, like the Americano with Foam (B490), which tops the Italian classic of red Vermouth and Campari with orange Prosecco foam—refreshing.  

The Sukhothai, 13/3 Sathorn Rd., 02-344-8888. Open daily 12-3pm; 6-11:30pm