I venture to say that we found one of THE BEST Italian Pizzas in Bangkok. Crunchy edges in the right measure thanks to the wood oven and ingredients that resemble the flavors of home cooking from a typical Italian cuisine. And, believe me, at a price that fits in your pocket in a luxury five-star hotel. The restaurant is Salvia, which operates on the mezzanine floor of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel, in the heart of the Ratchaprasong shopping district, the center of the Thai capital.
In 2020, Salvia took over the space where the French bistro Tables Grill worked. The menu (of just one page) of this jewel was under the responsibility of Chef Roberto Parentela, an authentic Italian from the Piedmont region, who joined his roots with other flavors from the Mediterranean to prepare the dishes, some of which were large enough to be shared with the family, as sends the tradition of Italian trattorias.
From the old Tables Grill, the wooden furniture and white tablecloths remained. But if the hall was more spacious before, now it appears divided by pillars and walls, which together with a more cozy lighting give more privacy and a more intimate air to the meal. Glass cabinets with kitchen utensils and wine glasses give that homemade restaurant look. There in the corner you can still see a counter where the assistant chefs prepare focaccia and breads that will arrive at the tables of the customers.
You can’t start an Italian dinner without a good glass of wine, can you? At Salvia, the options are diverse – with bottles that cost around THB 1,000, such as Pinot Grigio and Casa Bottega, THB 20,000, for Dal Forno Romano. The famous cheese and cold plates are available to accompany, but our suggestion is to start the meal with more exclusive entrees. The refreshing Burrata and Pomodori (THB 450), for example, is served with shallot, basil and fresh organic tomatoes, straight from farms in Hua Hin, from where the juicy and soft cheese comes from.
Want a more original option created by chef Roberto? Bet on Insalata Cesare (THB 250), with romaine lettuce, garlic caroau bread, Padano cheese and anchovy dressing. But our favorite starter, which will certainly take us to visit Salvia again, is Portobello Alla Griglia (THB 300), large and juicy mushrooms served with rocket salad, bell pepper, walnut-alsamic dressing and grana Padano cheese.
We arrived at the highlight already mentioned and that won our taste. Salvia’s pizza dough is left resting for about 48 hours, to be soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. With the ingredients of the topping, it is taken to the wood oven, in the best style as the original recipe from the Naples region, southern Italy. The crusts arrive at the table perfectly charred, with the smell of smoke from the oven still on the pizza. One of the house bets is Salsiccia and broccolini (THB 430) – mozzarela, gorgonzola, red onion, italian sausage and broccolini -, but we prefer to order Prosciutto (THB 450) – tomatoes, mozzarella, grana Padano, parma ham and rocket – and we don’t regret it.
A specialty of Italians, fresh homemade pasta still appears as lasagna (THB 330), Risotto al funghi (THB 490) and Spaghetti alle Vongole (THB 490). Lamb fan, I decided to choose the fusilli caserecci al ferretto (THB 350), a comforting alternative, with slowly roasted lamb ragout and smoked ricotta. Vegetarians are also toasted with Tortellini di Zucca (THB 390), a homemade ravioli, with ricotta-pumpkin filling, black truffle cream and sage butter.
Still hungry? Tagliata di Angus (THB 1,380) is a 350g Australian Rib Eye served with a refreshing tomato and arugula salad and Padano cheese. There is also a good selection of fish, chicken and lamb chops. To end sweetly, the classic and creamy tiramissu (which takes good doses of amaretto) or the delicate Panna cotta, served with fresh berries.
We left Salvia with the desire to return very soon. After all, it is not always that we can find such authentic Italian food, in generous portions and at good prices for a restaurant in a luxurious five-star hotel.
SALVIA (Italian Restaurant)
Phone and reservations (strongly recommend) :
+66 66 254 1234
Open daily: 11:30 – 14:30 // 17:30 – 22:00
Location: 494 Rajdamri Patumwan, M floor, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, Bangkok (Chitlom BTS station)