Sfizio is a restaurant that could be moved entire to Italy and be right at home. Located a few steps from busy Soi Asoke, it is a consummate neighbourhood trattoria, complete paper tablecloths, black and white tile floor, and pictures of Italy on the walls. But what makes Sfizio standout is the top-notch quality of the food created by Chef Diego Pignatelli
Like many dining spots in business neighbourhoods, Sfizio has a dual personality. At lunch time it caters to the corporate crowd and features set lunches with some dishes served from trays perched on the deli counter. In the evening things slow down with customers enjoying a multitude of delicious items on Chef Diego’s a la carte menu.
Many start with the delicious focaccia that Diego bakes himself and then proceeded to the salentina (B180), one of five types of bruschetta on the menu. It constitutes a piece of toasted sour-dough bread covered with burrata cheese, an anchovy, basil and a liberal dose of virgin olive oil – authentically Italian and a capital way to begin a meal.
Equally enjoyable is caprese salad (B300). A staple on the menus of virtually every Italian restaurant in town, at Sfizio it is a colourful mix of buffalo mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, organic rocket, and tomato sorbet.
A perennial favourite is porcini gnocchi (B390). Gnocchi is usually made from potatoes, but in this version Chef Diego uses semolina flour to create the firm little dumplings. They are served with a delicious sauce of porcini, fresh Lovison sausage and white wine. The dish is a real stand-out, one that reflects the care and passion of its creator.
Pizza dough at Sfizio is made the traditional way using imported Italian flour and a touch of yeast before being left to mature for 72 hours. The result is a crust that is puffy, chewy and a delight to eat. The 4 Stagioni pizza (B300), smothered with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, artichokes, bell peppers and olives, is reason enough to visit the restaurant.
There is a small desserts menu that includes tiramisu (B200) made the traditional way with mascarpone cheese, eggs, espresso coffee and savoiardi (lady finger) biscuits, and a modest wine list with some Italian favourites, including an excellent Pinot Grigio. Beer is available and the restaurant will create cocktails to order for B190.
Sfizio represents a definite ‘must’ for anyone seeking authentic Italian dining in a causal setting.
44/4 Sukhumvit Soi 21 | 0 2262 0405 or 08 4850 3141
www.facebook.com/sfiziobkk | Tues-Sun, 6pm-10.30pm; Tues-Fri, 11.30am-4pm