Bangkok is packed with Italian restaurants, but most of the authentic places with comprehensive menus tend to be a bit formal and stiff. Sole Mio is a refreshing exception. Laid back and casual, it is a warm and friendly place where people always seem to be enjoying themselves and authenticity is verified by the music of the Italian language wafting through the air.
The front of the restaurant is devoted to a terrace with around 25 seats, but most customers opt for one of the 35 or so settings in the warm orange and brown interior with a bare wood floor and walls covered with a collection of photos and memorabilia.
The restaurant not only has a large selection of excellent pizzas and pastas, its pastas are some of the best in town. Although fettuccine bolognese (B240) can be an ordinary dish, Chef Luca Giorgi, who is from Bologna, turns it into a masterpiece. The dishes here are made with both imported pasta from Italy and pastas made at the restaurant. One of the latter can almost always be found on the ‘specials’ blackboard menu that changes every few days.
Although proprietor Domenico Locantore serves a wide selection traditional thin-crusted pizzas, we really enjoyed a pizza with goat cheese and salmon (B450) during a recent visit. Definitely not traditional, but the salmon and goat cheese have a remarkable affinity for one another. Of the traditional pizzas, the diavola (B260), made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy salami and black olives, is delicious.
All is definitely not pizza and pasta at Sole Mio; and the remainder of the menu is filled with classic dishes and numerous items that catch Chef Luca’s fancy. A good example is the scaloppine made with pork meat slices braised with Marsala wine (B280). It is beautifully tender but also rich and moreish thanks to the wine reduction. Sole Mio also does an especially good job with seafood. A stand out on the menu is branzino al forno – baked sea bass with baked potatoes (B450).
For dessert Chef Luca’s panna cotta (B140) topped with an orange balsamic glaze has a wow factor; the citrus of the glaze cutting through the panna cotta. It is unique and so good you’ll want to try it again. The drinks menu includes cocktails; aperitifs; a typical selection of local beers plus some imports from Italy and a reasonably priced selection of wines dominated by Italian labels. Good house wines are available by the glass or carafe (B360 for ½ litre).
Thong Lor Soi 21 | 0 2185 2199
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