With stiff competition from much-beloved Opus
and now Appia
, any would-be Italian restaurant in Bangkok needs to have a rather unique selling point, apart from its cooking of course. Il Bolognese’s trump card is its garden villa setting complete with small verdant terrace (perfect as the evening temperature cools), and its handy location in a quiet soi off South Sathorn, behind the Singaporean Embassy.
True, the interior decor fairy hasn’t exactly exhausted her wand here, but with no plate glass or contemporary dining pretensions to cloud the view, the focus is entirely on the food.
From the moment you walk in the door and witness the brick pizza oven and warm welcome from manager Andrea Bernardi, the relaxed simplicity of this neighbourhood favourite becomes apparent. Pizzas come thin or thick crust, the dough for which is made from 3 types of Italian flour and goes through a rigorous 3-day maturation, while simple starters like tortino di melanzane e burrata provides the perfect pairing of juicy eggplant and soft creamy cheese.
With a wide range of al dente pastas, and figure-saving fish like the filetto di branzino del mediterraneo served with olives and cherry tomatoes, six Italian wines by the glass and corkage of only THB500, you’ve got a great balance of taste and value. Book ahead for a terrace table.