Veteran Bangkok-based culinarian Paolo Vitaletti has become one of the city’s most beloved chefs thanks to his rustic Roman family plates served at popular trattoria Appia. And now the famed pan-handler is giving the Thai capital yet another reason to shower him with adoration – his recently launched pizzeria Peppina. What’s the fuss? Well, for his latest venture, Vitaletti not only trained at Italy’s Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (an authority preserving the art of a true Neapolitan pie), but also equipped the kitchen with an imported wood-fired oven, the only weapon of choice for baking authentic, crispy, Naples-style discs.
Behind kitchen doors of Peppina’s polished concrete, tufted leather banquette, and stone-top tabled space, Vitaletti’s team cooks up a mother country storm, which aside from both classic pizzas (think balsamic vinegar-glazed Quattro Formaggi) and updated pies (Campania with wild mushrooms, red onions and cured black Casertano pig cheeks), also includes char-grilled 1.5kg Porterhouse steaks, sourdough bruschettas with porchetta and young pecorino cheese, and a tiramisu made with Pavesini cookies soaked in coffee and amaretto. Add a drinks program by Soul Food Mahankorn’s Jarrett Wrisley featuring Italian craft beers, signature cocktails and a tight wine list, and you’ll certainly not be caught short when it comes time to toast. Salute, Vitaletti!
27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31 / Klongton Nua / +66 2 119 7677 / 6.30-11pm Tue-Sun / facebook.com/peppinapizza