Bangkok Italian Restaurant

| February 10, 2012

Pasta, spaghetti or pizza. Nobody doesn’t know what they are. Because they’re easily cooked and adaptable, they have become localized and are considered mass in Thailand. Spaghetti can be ordered at lunch on the street side. Pizza Hut now represents American version pizza. Plus. there are many real authentic Italian cuisine around the city. So we can say that Italian is Thailand’s most popular foreign food seeing all the major streets are the settings for countless Italian restaurants around Bangkok. There’re numerous venues to choose but did you know that under the category “Italian food” there are many various menus apart from pizza and spaghetti to try as well. But before we do, it is a good idea to learn some about it because Italian is more than just spaghetti!

Intercontinental Hotel has recently been renovated along with it, a new restaurant “Grossi trattoria & wine bar” which replaced the old Deli. Located on the ground floor, it could be easily accessed from the footpath in front of the hotel. It could also be accessed from the lobby through a grand staircase, which is one floor above. Walking down the staircase you could see the extra ordinary high ceiling space of the restaurant. It is three storey high with floor to ceiling, frameless curtain wall, overlooking Ploenchit road.

The origin of Italian cuisine is something you should know. The Romans in antiquity were well known for rearing goats for butchering and gardening artichokes and leeks. The characteristic of Italian cuisine is quite fuzzy. The evidence stated that its fish dish must contain no spices or herbs but shortly afterwards another said it is with heavy usage of those seasonings.

Italian dishes are varied by ingredients which come from different regional locations in the country. It also evolved from many other culinary traditions: in ancient times, it developed in Sicily by the influence of the Roman and Athenian conventions.

The food in northern regions has a mix of Germanic and Roman culture but Mediterranean cuisine effects the culinary in the southern regions. Ingredients like spinach, almonds, rice and macaroni was introduced by Arabians resulted from the Mediterranean trade while the Normans brought casseroling, salt cod and stockfish to Italian cookery.

The food preservation was done by dry smoking and cool freezing on ice for fish and meat while vegetables were kept in brine, salt, oil or vinegar.

In Early modern era, there has been less meat cook: tongue, head and shoulder became main ingredients. We should say that Italian cuisine is regional with high priority on the use of fresh seasonal ingredient with olive or olive oil as the main seasoning in dish. In Italy, meals are seen as a time with family or friends. Each usually includes from 3 courses. Italian meal structure consists 9:

Antipasto

    Contorno                                           Antipasto

- Aperitivo
An alcoholic beverage as an appetizer before a large meal eg Campari, Cinzano, Prosecco, Aperol, Spritz and Vermouth
- Antipasto
Hot or cold apperizers
- Primo
First course usually hot dishes like pasta, risotto, gnocchi, polenta or soup.
-Secondo
Or second course or the main dish usually fish or meat
-Contorno
Side dish of salad or cooked vegetables

Secondo
-Formaggio e frutta
The first dessert with cheese which can also be served as Antipaso and Contomo as well
-Dolce
Desserts such as cakes and cookies

-Caffe or coffee
-Digestivo
Liquors for the digestive

Dolce
Once you learn what it’s like theoretically, it’s now time for practice session! As mentioned earlier, Bangkok locates countless Italian food venues. Finding a real good one can be a challenge to tourists or even the local people themselves. To get started, we present some we’ve visited as a guide to your experience with Italiand cuisine.

Grossi @ The Rock Star

Intercontinental Hotel has recently been renovated along with it, a new restaurant “Grossi trattoria & wine bar” which replaced the old Deli. Located on the ground floor, it could be easily accessed from the footpath in front of the hotel. It could also be accessed from the lobby through a grand staircase, which is one floor above.

Viva Vino @ Grand Mercure

Viva Vino Italian restaurant is located in Grand Mercure on Park Avenue Sukumvit 22. From the outside you can see the venue’s interior and ambience through its surrounding glass wall which makes it one of the most attractive restaurant in this area.The restaurant is decorated with egg-shell white, earth tone color and layered frabric ceiling creating a cozy and casual atmosphere to all visitors. Unfortunately, we did not meet the head chef Gianfranco Pirrone because he is back to Italy at the time we visited the venue.
Besides, there are some other venues in the city you can visit.

Zanotti
Address: Ristorante Zanotti – Il ristorante italiano 21/2 Saladaeng Colonnade Soi Saladaeng, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand
Tel.: +66 2 6360002 +66 2 6360266

Beccofino
Address: 146 Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglo 4) Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel:+662 392-1881,+662 392-1882

Cafe’ Buongiorno
Address:22 Soi Sukhumvit 33, Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel:66-2662-3471

La Villa
131 Thonglor Soi 9, Sukhumvit 53 (Paidee-Madee) Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel : 66 2 712 9991, 66 2 712 9129

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