Ammazza, there is no shortage of Italian restaurants in Bangkok. These days,every corner you turn, a new Neapolitan pizzeria or pasta specialist is just waiting to open. Leaving no tiramisu unturned, BK ranks our top picks for the finest Italian fare in all of Bangkok.
This top 15 includes picks from BK's Top Tables at Anantara Siam Bangkok, sponsored by UOB, supported by alcohol partners Gulp, Campari, and TAP. View the full Top Tables 2023 list here
It’s hard to believe that the crown jewel of Capella, Côte by Mauro Colagreco has only been around in Bangkok’s dining scene for four years. Ranked at number 2 in Top Tables 2023 and took home first place in the previous year, the venue does not disappoint with their Italian fares. Serving up four-to nine-course, lunch, and carte blanche options, the ingredients are fresh and locally sourced, resulting in some fine French Italian riviera experience.
2/F, Capella Bangkok, 300/2, Charoenkrung Rd., 2-098-3818. Open Wed-Sun noon-2pm, 6-10pm.
Almost a decade earlier, the husband and wife dream team, Christian Martena and Clara del Corso, founded the Italian fine dining powerhouse Sensi. In 2020, the couple launched a second venture with Clara which has become renowned for modern and regional Italian cuisine. The cooking boasts of contemporary but approachable techniques, using European, local and seasonal ingredients to put together a scintillating five and seven course menu. Because the venue used to belong to the Yenakart Villa art gallery, Clara kept its romantic atmosphere with a luscious garden and some abstract arts.69, Soi Prasat Suk, 083-496-3663. Mon-Fri 5-11pm; Sat noon-3pm,6-11pm.
Serving Sardinia's finest for 14 years in Phuket, the high end Italian restaurant Acqua took the capital city by storm when it launched the Bangkok branch back in 2022. White walls, marbles, and metallic accents, the interior makes for an understated yet chic canvas for its authentic and innovative dishes. And when it comes to the vino offerings, the restaurant has one of Bangkok’s most comprehensive selections, with over 500 labels from all over the world.
16/18, Soi Somkid, Phloen Chit Rd., 093-612-7000, OpenTue-Sun6-10:30pm.
At Resonance, the food is truly the main focus. The plating style is kept to the essentials, allowing you to indulge in the omakase tasting menu. Chef Shunsuke Shimomura who previously worked as the R&D chef at Gaggan, brings forth a “boundless” cuisine, a culmination of his training experience around the world.
108/4, Sukhumvit Soi 65, 094-798-2897. Open Tue-Fri 6-9pm; Sat noon-2:30pm, 6-9pm.
When dining at Appia, what you can expect are recipes that feel like they’ve been passed down through generations of Italians. Sometimes it's good to stick to the classics, they’ve survived the test of time for a reason.From chicken liver crostini to butcher shop ragu,the spot hits all the points for a legendary comfort meal, and nothing beats Appia’s show-stopping porchetta (pork belly).
20/4, Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-261-2056. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, 5-10pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-10pm.
No matter what kind of gathering you’re planning, L’Olivia is the perfect place to get your essential Italian fix, joint with some soulful and family friendly feels. Their famous Neapolitan pizzas are probably what gets people through the door but do not overlook their Abruzzo-style beef-and-pork lasagne and delightful tiramisu.
4, Sukhumvit 36 Soi 2, 094-858-9868. Open daily 11am- 10:30pm.
Opened since 1996, Gianni has remained a hallmark for Bangkok’s Italian fine dining scene and it sure does live up to the status. The menu doesn’t shy away from showing off some impressive culinary chops and its authentic Italian roots. Most notably are the exquisite lamb shank ossobuco and San Daniele ham filled ravioli sprinkled with a generous amount of black truffle shavings.
63, Athenee Tower, G/F, Unit D, Wireless Rd., 097-210-7000. Open daily 11:30am-2pm, 6-10pm.
In 2022, La Bottega di Luca brought on chef Marco Avesani who has been churning out captivating a la cartes for Bangkokians, taking the simplest of ingredients and upgrading it to the fullest flavors. The eponymous owner Luca Appino is a bonafide star of his own right, pioneering meticulously crafted dishes and omakase. If you’re visiting, don’t skip on the antipasti plates.
2/F, 49 Terrace, Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-204-1731. Open daily 11:30am-2:30pm; 5:30-11pm.
An artisanal pizza venue that needs no introduction. Peppina Pizza is holding up its impressive reputation even after earning the title for Bangkok’s best pizza by Top 50 Pizza in 2022. Their first branch in Phrom Phong reigns supreme, as they are still the only spot in town that has been approved by the experts at Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana-certified. Their charred crust and tasty range of toppings has won the hearts of many carb-lovers. But we think their pastas, particularly the pork cheek paccheri, deserve some applause as well.
27/1, Sukhumvit Soi 33, 02-119-7677. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-11pm.
Lake Como is known to have some charming restaurants lining the banks. Taking a page out of this picturesque tourist fav, chef Andrea Acordi at Riva del Fiume puts his own spin on Italian staples across all regions. The pizzas, pastas, cheeses, meats, seafood, and tiramisu are cooked with seasonal Italian ingredients, freshly prepped from the open kitchen, complete with top notch wine selection and an all star service.
G/F, Four Seasons Hotel, 300/1, Charoenkrung Rd., 02-032-0885. Open daily 6:30-10:30am, noon-2pm, 6-10:30pm.
It’s not only the Sukhumvit restaurants that are getting the hype, tucked away at the end of a Sathorn soi is a taste of Emilia Romagna. Celebrated dishes like the cotoletta alla Petroniana, a breaded veal topped with parma ham and parmigiano cheese, is elevated by the venue’s selection of region famous top shelf ingredients: parmigiano reggiano, balsamic vinegar from Modena, and prosciutto di Parma. Keep an eye out for the seafood risotto and the hearty lasagna for some much deserved weekend treat.
1040, Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Soi 17, Yaek 5, 093- 138-8373. Open daily 11:30am-11pm.
Cold cuts, cheese platters, pasta, and seafood, Isola by Signor Sassi has got it all. The fine dining Italian restaurant values authenticity first but doesn’t falter on the fresh ingredients and the presentation department. Get into their signature spaghetti granola, cannelloni ricotta e spinaci, and the paccheri alla Boscaiola as they were meant to be served.
Gaysorn Village, 999 Phloen Chit Rd. 064-532-6424, Open daily, 11am-midnight.
Biscotti is a venue that does chef’s table like no other, crafting addictive pizzas, pastas, and seafood delights with exclusive wine pairings. In this Michelin-listed immersive Italian fine dining package, just sit back, watch the dish being put together, and enjoy the gastronomic feast.
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, 155 Rajadamri Road, 02-126-8866. Open daily, noon-2:30pm, 6-10:30pm.
Ms. Jigger might be known for Stanislav Andruskeviclab’s potion lab of themed cocktails. But what makes this place extra special is the pairing with authentic and contemporary Italian goods, made by Chef Davide Caló. Their toothfish with Jerusalem artichoke purée, homemade tortelli with foie gras, or amberjack carpaccio are a harmonious blend of flavors that you just can’t help but going back for more.
L Floor, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, 78 Soi Tonson, Lumpini, Pathum- wan, 02-056-9999. Open Mon-Fri, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-midnight; Sat-Sun, 11:30am-midnight.
The Power couple Choti and Debby Leenutaphong, who worked on the famed Vesper, 80/20 and 4th Wall, are the masterminds that pulled this authentic Italian pasta bar together. La Dotta’s pastas are made fresh and feature a range of classic sauces like carbonara, bolognese, pesto, and high-end orders like black truffle. Their fresh burrata salads and churros are a great way to start and end the meal.
161/6 Thonglor 9 Road, 02-392-8688, Open daily 11am-2:30pm, and 5-10pm