Bangkok’s passion for pizza appears to know no bounds. Here now, in no particular order, are a dozen delicious variations on this irresistible Italian classic that should not be missed!
As the new kid on the block—having only been open since October of this year—this casual but stylish trattoria is up against some stiff competition. Thankfully, Chef Gerardo Calabrese’s classic thin-crust pizzas—using twice-risen pizza dough—are cooked to perfection in a hybrid wood-fire oven that sits right by the front window. The compact menu offers 15 custom pies, including the chef’s special Croccante Burrata Crudo E Rucola (B555), which comes piled high with Burrata cheese, rocket salad, Parma ham and generous shavings of Parmesan. Delivery is also available.
9/7, Silom Soi 3 | Tel: 094 754 7777 | www.facebook.com/ciaobkk
The spacious dining room here features faux fireplaces, baby-blue walls, baroque furniture, and ornate chandeliers—making one think more of Nice than Naples. But co-owner Luca Apino (of La Bottega di Luca) has also imported two massive pizza ovens from Italy to make sure the flavours of his homeland remain authentic. The pies, starting from B270, include some pretty creative concoctions—such as rich sea urchin doused in salty-sweet yellow tomato sauce—but even the simpler selections are supremely satisfying. Try the Buffalina (B490), for an understated mix of creamy Salerno buffalo mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil. And to think it all started as a pizza truck!
15/1 Soi Ruam Ruedi | Tel: 02 651 5091 | www.pizzamassilia.com
The covered patio here allows for outdoor dining, but it’s the low-lit interior that is most inviting—a classic trattoria layout, rustically furnished with dark wood and wood-fired pizza oven in one corner. The approach to food is equally authentic, employing top-quality produce (much of it imported), expertly prepared with an emphasis on bold flavours. Pizza connoisseurs will appreciate the artisanal dough, slow-matured for 72 hours, resulting in a crust that is “thick on the edges but thin inside”. The Parma & Stracciatella (B590) combines Parma ham, buratta cheese and rocket leaves on a special rosemary bread crust, while the Pescatore (B520) presents an array of squid and mussels, and one large scampi, a top of a bed of mozzarella and tangy tomato sauce.
139/3, Sathorn Soi 7 | Tel: 02 286 8805 | www.ilbolognesebangkok.com
Although it doesn’t specialize in Italian cuisine per se—it also doles out plenty of sushi and sashimi, as well as French-inspired bistro fare—this stylish but laidback indoor/outdoor neighbourhood bar in Ari has a fabulous wood-fired pizza oven and serves up some mighty tasty pies. The thin crusts are imbued with wonderful aromas of burning wood, and the pizzas come in two different sizes. Try a homemade Italian sausage pizza (B250/350) if you’re feeling traditional, or a Carbonara pizza (B280/350), made with smoked bacon, egg and parmesan, if you’re feeling experimental. You might also want to splurge for one of their addictive Smoked salmon and chili pizzas (B300/400).
111/2, Phahonyothin Soi 7 | Tel: 02 619 6886 | www.saltbangkok.com
This decidedly high-end resto (located in a decidedly high-end hotel) might not be the first place that comes to mind when talking about pizza, but they have both the wood-fired oven, and the expertise, to craft some magnificent gourmet pies. Their signature Schiacciatina Pizza (B790) is truly a “try before you die” dish. Parma ham, arugula, sliced tomatoes, and mascarpone cheese are combined inside a horizontally sliced circular loaf of warm pizza bread and then baked until the outer crust is crispy and slightly charred on both sides. The end result—piled six slices high on the serving plate—somewhat resembles a “pizza sandwich”.
GF, Sukhothai Bangkok, 13/3 Sathorn Rd. | Tel: 02 344 8888 | www.sukhothai.com
It seems like since the day they opened—back in August of 2014—the line-ups have never stopped at this informal yet elegant eatery. Famous for making true Neapolitan-style pizza in a wood fired oven (8” and 13”), the crispy crusts and tangy San Marzano tomato sauce on the pies here deliver a true taste of Naples. Even the simplest pizzas, such as, the Napoletana (B260/380), and the Caprese (B250/360) are enough to satisfy the toughest critics. This recipe for success has led the owners to open three more locations in Bangkok, and one in the new Bluport Mall in Hua Hin.
27/1, Sukhumvit Soi 33 | Tel: 02 119 7677 | www.peppinabkk.com
Pala Pizza Romana
To outsiders it might seem odd that one of the city’s favourite pizza joints is located under the BTS platform at Asoke station, but once you try their deliciously addictive pizza al taglio—baked in meter long slabs in a narrow oven and sold by the slice, half-meter, or full meter—no mystery remains. With more than a dozen different pizza options to choose from (B45-B105 for slices), including vegetarian and vegan varieties, it’s also no mystery why the owners opened a second branch on the first floor of the CP Tower on Silom Road last year to keep up with the demand. Delivery also available.
Tel: 02 259 1228 (Asoke) | Tel: 02 638 3440 (Silom) | www.palapizzabangkok.com
This consummate neighbourhood trattoria—complete with paper tablecloths, black and white tile floor, and images of Italy on the walls—could be effortlessly transplanted to Italy and not miss a beat. The pizza dough here is made in traditional fashion, using imported Italian flour and a touch of yeast before being left to mature for 72 hours. The 4 Stagioni (B300), smothered with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, artichokes, bell peppers and olives, is reason enough to visit. In short, Sfizio represents a definite ‘must’ for anyone seeking authentic Italian dining in a casual setting.
44/4, Sukhumvit Soi 21 | Tel: 02 262 0405 | www.facebook.com/sfiziobkk
The Neapolitan menu here offers a nice slice of old world authenticity, but the dough is what makes these pizzas really stand out—it’s soft where it needs to be, and crispy in all the right places. There are more than 20 custom pies to choose from, including vegetarian options and white pizzas (no tomato sauce). Try the Instagram-worthy Pizza Via Vai (B430), on which cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, ricotta, and gorgonzola are layered with grilled zucchini and rocket salad, while a teepee of Parma ham wrapped around breadsticks rises up out of the dough like an edible Tower of Pisa. Delivery also available. 25, Sukhumvit Soi 8 | Tel: 02 253 1200 | www.viavaibkk.com
Some have levelled complaints against this place stating that everything from the uniforms to the background music hasn’t changed since the 80s, but since the solid (and affordable) Italian menu hasn’t changed much either… that’s a good thing! All their pizzas are huge—thin-crusted and baked in a stone oven—with prices ranging from B250 to B350. Try the popular Venice Pizza (B340) which features a “bridge” of Parma ham laid over two bent breadsticks. As wonderfully cheesey as the pizza underneath.
3/3, Sukhumvit Soi 31 | Tel: 02 259 0405 | www.facebook.com/bellanapoli.bkk
This pizza delivery service, located on Naradhiwas Soi 17, specializes in authentic Italian wood-fired pizzas that go thin on the crust but thick on the toppings. Owner Flavio Bergamasco (formerly of Vino and Opus), insists on using only the finest imported and locally grown 100 percent organic ingredients for his authentic pies, and you can definitely taste the difference. There’s over 40 pizzas to choose from—including 17 vegetarian options—but the Prosciutto Crudo di Parma (B390), made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, stracchino sweet cheese, and Parma ham, is a definite stand out. Also recommended is the Salsiccia Piccante (B340), which features mozzarella and chunks of spicy Italian sausage. Customers can also take advantage of the ‘2 pizzas and 1 salad for B699’ deal that is currently running (downtown delivery charge B40).
Open daily: 11am-11pm | Tel: 02 287 3488 | www.pizzadaybkk.com
This unique concept pizzeria—an art gallery out front and a pizza kitchen in the back—has been helping Bangkok’s after-midnight crowd quell their late night pizza cravings since launching back in February of this year. Located on Sathorn Soi 11, behind the Sathorn 11 Art Space, they deliver their hot tasty pizzas far and wide. There are more than a dozen pies to choose from, but unless you’re a vegetarian you can’t go wrong with the New Yorker (B385) topped with mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and black olives. In addition, Gallery Pizza also supports the Thai art community by providing employment opportunities to their resident artists. Their ‘2 pizzas for B499’ deal is still going strong (downtown delivery charge B40), and plans are underfoot to open a proper sit-down restaurant very soon.
Open daily: 11am-4am | Tel: 02 041 1044 | www.gallerypizzabkk.com