With just a half-dozen mains and a dozen pasta dishes, Limoncello can focus on what it does best—stellar pizzas. But that still leaves out half the picture: the army of efficient waiters, the cozy postcard décor and the Italian captain navigating all the tables tirelessly and ever-smiling. And despite this joyful operation being an off-shoot of the famous Zanotti, prices have remained incredibly realistic. We don’t bow to Zanotti’s reign on Italian cuisine in Bangkok, and venturing off Limoncello’s pizza menu has landed us some boring dishes.
Located in busting Soi 11, this is a hot spot for pizza. As the sister of well-regarded Zanotti, Limoncello offers tasty pizza as well as other authentic Italian. The decor is home-style simple and the open ovens make the whole place smell delicious.
The buzz: On the boulevard-like Ratchadamri Road, with its rows of pedigree hotels, the brand new Hansar, a boutique hotel and serviced residence, feels almost indie. It’s small and elegant and relatively free of all the glitz and public relations onslaught. Their flagship restaurant, Eve, does a brief menu of mid-range French fare—nothing more, nothing less. Of course, it might not be long before they bring in their roster of Michelin-starred promotions, but in the meantime, it’s a classic place for a quiet meal.
You might think board games are for kids but, in the West, board-gamers are everywhere and can be any age. And it was while travelling in the US that a Chinese-language teacher got hooked on gaming and decided to share it with the people of Bangkok. From a small stall at the CDC Weekend Market last year, she has now expanded to her first shop, Polar, which sells everything from simple card games to complex strategy affairs that require plenty of brain power and time. New to it?
It can sometimes seem that Italian restaurants in our city fall into one of two camps: the really fancy expensive venues or the really humble Thai-fusion joints in malls. Calderazzo Bistro falls somewhere in the middle and as a result seems to have slipped through the cracks. In truth, this rather pretty glass-house bistro (not to be confused with its sister restaurant further down the street) has a date-night ambience, attentive service by competent staff who know the menu and large portions of reasonably-priced and carefully-prepared classic Italian food.
The concept: City Art Center is the brainchild of BKK Arthouse Gallery’s art director Vee Art (also a co-organizer of the recent art festival Bangk(zero)k) and his fellow artiste Edward Squire from Toronto. Using the upper levels of Italian restaurant Italy 24, they both hope to provide a platform for new, no-name artists of all genres and disciplines as well as organize workshops, performances and film screenings for the community.
The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra’s soloist Sittichai Pengcharoen is joined by conductor Gudni A. Emilsson in the famous Chinese violin concerto.
Compagnie Revolution rolls out a real-life Step Up with its contemporary dance piece featuring a group of hip hop dancers who have been trained in ballet.
Books, journals, postcards, maps, curios, prints and "objects d'art".