The buzz: Antonio Armenio, the man behind Sukhumvit’s 12-year-old Italian fine-dining stronghold, Antonio’s, has now followed it up with this more casual pizzeria and restaurant.
The decor: With its faux brickwork and arched windows, La Piazza has an informal feel that’s more trattoria than fancy restaurant—a casual space doing simple food for friends and families to share. From the dining room you can look into the semi-open kitchen to see their giant pizza oven. There’s also a second floor where a live band plays Fri-Sat.
The food and drinks: In contrast to the fine-dining dishes of Antonio’s, La Piazza aims at something a whole lot simpler. And nothing reflects this more than the pizza—thin-based, wood-fired pies available in classic flavors like margarita (B250) prosciutto crudo (Parma ham, tomato and mozzarella, B420) and tartufo(truffle, cheese, porcini mushroom and truffle oil, B450) as well as the La Piazza Speciale, which features rich tomato, mozzarella, capsicum, artichoke, pepperoni and mushroom (B300). Their pasta (regular or gluten free) is also a delight, whether as carbonara (with cream, B280), Bolognese (B280) or their own creations like Fiorentina (B280), which features a perfect combination of spinach, mushroom, garlic and cheese. Other Italian staples chart cold cuts (B350-690), mushroom soup (B280), minestrone (B250), caprese salad (B450) and mains like veal Milanese (breaded veal, B750), pan-seared snowfish (B690) and grilled tenderloin (B1,300 for 180g). For something sweet, try the tiramisu (B220) and their homemade ice cream (B120/scoop). The wine list sees a lot of labels from Italy and France with prices starting at B220 by the glass.
Why you should care: It’s casual, priced accessibly and from a reliable name—the kind of place that anyone would welcome in their neighborhood. Natcha Sanguankiattichai
La Piazza, 50/4 Sukhumvit Soi 24, Bangkok, Thailand
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