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Monday, March 12, 2007

Pizzeria Limoncello


4-stagioni in Bangkok

Opening a restaurant these days is a challenging experience especially given the amount of money needed to create a first-class restaurant in today’s economy. In Bangkok there are some restaurateurs who have the magic touch when it comes to new and successful restaurants. Zanotti, an Italian fine dining facility, has an extraordinarily sure hand when it comes to catching the dining mood of Bangkok’s public. After years of success Gianmaria Zanotti, the man behind the successful of Zanotti, has opened a humble pizzeria on Sukhumvit Soi 11 where lots of expats live, the one opts for family dining.

In contrast to the quite formal Zanotti, the Pizzeria Limoncello is casual. Mediterranean touch, naughty and colorful, lots of limoncello and of course pizzas groom the new establishment of Gianmaria Zanotti into a fun and relaxing eatery. The food esp. the pizza and pasta are superb so they don’t need extra advertisement and promotion to boost the sale, for three years regulars know where to get a good treat when they think of pizza not limited to the Sukhumvit residents.

To kick off our journey, we had the 1) 4-Stagioni Pizza (generous slices in four different toppings on the thin dough, the ham, mushroom, salami, and olive as the 4-seasons) exciting though; the 2) Zanotti Pizza (parma ham, mascarpone cheese, and rocket leaf) were the best creation, and the 3) Vegetariana Pizza without cheese. All pizzas were prepared in the brick igloo in paper thin and crispy style naturally scented by the wood fire, yummy!

We further ordered the 4) Insalata Mista, its actually green salad, simple and not outstanding; and the 5) Spaghetti Vongole, home-made angel hair with clam in white wine sauce, basic enough but excellent.

Then we had the 6) Roasted Spring Chicken with rosemary herbs, the 7) Pan-fried Sea Bass with shitake mushroom, and the 8) Mussel and Seafood in Rich Tomato Sauce. Probably the best sping chicken I had sampled in a pizzeria.

To wind up the dinner we has the (9) Tiramisu, portion was generous and taste was heavenly aromatic thanks to the balance in espresso, mascarpone cheese, bittersweet chocolate, and amaretto liqueur. Yes it really made me happy with the tiramisu.

Wine selection in Limoncello is rather extensive and of good value. Large selection of Mediterranean wines to South American as well as Australian labels is available. You can surely find something that suits your pallet and your wallet.

In Limoncello, the chef was dancing, the food was dancing, we were dancing, our dinner was a playful and cheerful experience. Want to dance with limoncello?

Pizzeria Limoncello ***1/2
17 Sukhumvit Soi 11
Wattana, Bangkok 1o110
Tel.: 02.651.0707

Open daily : lunch 11:30 am - 2 pm, dinner 6 pm - midnight
Pay (food only for two): around THB 1,000

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Been going to Limoncello on and off for over 5 years now. Aside from location i don't think this place has much going for it. Their food is bland and uninteresting. The menu has not changed in that entire time and there is no 'specials' board. The staff at this place are OK but the food is a letdown and the table spacing is too close.. Compared to a place like Bacco or Rossanos it is inferior.