Tucked away down Sukhumvit 31, Azzurro is a new Italian addition to the bustling food street. The extensive menu of this quaint, two-story restaurant is inspired by the flavours of the different regions of Italy. The restaurateur himself even represents one of them, as a native of Tuscany.
The hospitality is warm and the assortment of Italian specialities, such as antipasto and homemade pasta, large. The elements combine to make for a cosy dining atmosphere.
Portobello mushrooms grilled with Italian herbs and arugula (B395) is one of Azzurro’s signature appetizers, and that’s a fine place to start. With a generous drizzle of balsamic cream dressing, sliced portobellos lavishly dressed with extra virgin olive oil, and a prominent tang from the tomato salsa, the dish plays on bold flavours.
Although Azzurro offers a traditional Italian affair, the plates are also playful in its usage of local ingredients. For a shared appetizer, the imported mussels and clams (B450) are recommended on special. Bathed in a bright and spicy tomato sauce, tempered with Thai chilli, the mussels and clams pick up a pungent persona.
The spinach and ricotta cheese ravioli (B350) is a light and healthy option, as the spinach filling is speckled with ricotta inside a delicate homemade dumpling. With an aurora sauce, which is predominantly made with tomato puree, this pasta leaves a bright, zesty aftertaste on the palate.
The grilled T-bone steak (B1290), which retains a strong char-grilled flavour, comes with a plentiful portion of grilled summer vegetables that add colour and lightness to the dish. Pair it with a young, juicy red like merlot to moisten the fully cooked meat. Azzurro has a wide and exclusive selection of wines from the Italasia Group for diners to choose from.
For a luscious end to the meal, the tiramisu (B225) is a solid choice. Made of savoiardi ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, the tiramisu is rich and perfumed with espresso. Cooked with double cream, the panna cotta (B195) is velvet-smooth. With a surprise element of pine seeds included, the custard varies from the ordinary serving of panna cotta.
This elegantly furnished blue and white Italian restaurant also serves fresh brew coffee and opens for lunch on the weekend. Azzurro includes a private room on the upper floor and a tiny terrace at the front of the restaurant, which makes it a destination to consider when planning a group gathering after work or on a quiet Saturday afternoon.
253/1 Sukhumvit 31 | 0 2003 9597 | facebook.com/AzzurroRestaurantBangkok