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09 October 2008 :: 23:10:17 pm 2223

Trattoria Italiana: Delightful Italian Restaurant

A little over four months ago, a new Italian restaurant, Trattoria Italiana, opened near the corner of Theprayah Road and Theprasit Road, Jomtien. It has now been fully established and its reputation is rapidly spreading as one of the good Italian eating venues in the entire region, thanks to the homemade food, the team and the Italian chef, Marco.
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Quite frequently, many readers treat most restaurant reviews with a pinch of salt. Rightly so, considering the amount of hype there is in the popular media on this subject.

However, without a word of exaggeration, the popular, country cuisine now being served at Trattoria Italiana ranks as amongst the most delicious Italian fare I have ever tasted, and that comes from a fine dining aficionado who has reviewed some of the best Italian restaurants in the country from Samui to Chiang Mai, including Bangkok.

The menu at Trattoria Italiana is very comprehensive, in the true tradition of Italian country cooking; everything from pizza to gnocchi, seafood, meat and vegetarian options. The four-fold PDN review team consisted of myself, an Englishman, and three Thais; the latter not normally given to raving about Western cuisine. However, judging by the virtually immediate expressions of gastronomic delight that came over the Thai faces when they tasted their starters, it was apparent that this version of Italian cuisine had scored a significant hit.

I started with my keynote Minestrone soup (Bt100), a choice I use to judge the efficacy of the chef and I wasn’t disappointed. It was rich and varied with a luscious base and mouth-watering variety of flavours. Next, I went for Ravioli Ricotta Cheese with a butter and sage sauce. This again was everything I’d hoped for, fresh and succulent with each mouthful dissolving on the tongue in a succession of delicious sensations.

So impressed was I by this stage that I couldn’t help congratulating the management, who was apprehensively hovering nearby, concerned that I might be disparaging in my judgement. He needn’t have worried, not only was I delighted by the taste, but a quick appraisal of my neighbouring diners revealed that the impressions of their dishes were of a similar high quality.

The management eager to please my discerning vegetarian palate, next encouraged me to sample the Potato Gnocchi with olive oil and Basil sauce. ‘Wow’ was all I could utter after my first taste. It was simply scrumptious and I truly love Pesto, especially with that blend of ingredients. For my dessert, I tried my other key tester dish, Tiramisu (Bt110), which I was barely able to savour before my ever solicitous wife, requested a taste and promptly wolfed the lot down, with an impish facial expression in response to my dismayed admonishment! I was happily spared further disappointment however, by my final taste of the Chef Marco’s freshly baked Pastry Strudel, which once more surpassed my expectations.

Other members of our team savoured the Tagliatelle with Salmon sauce (Bt200), Potato Gnocchi with meat sauce (Bt200), Filet of Fish with lemon sauce (Bt250), Escalope with ham and sage (Bt200), Shellfish Soup (Bt180), and an ‘amuse bouche’ of toasted bread with minced tomato, garlic and olive oil(Bt70).

Each of the aforementioned dishes were sampled by all the carnivores in our team, Thai-style, by all of them. They all unanimously raved about the luscious taste of all the respective dishes, each pleasantly surprised that such farang fare could be so delicious. It was satisfying to surprise their traditional Thai culinary chauvinism, for a change.

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I can safely say that we were all totally awed by every aspect of Trattoria Italiana’s gastronomy, from the exquisiteness of the dishes to the superb presentation and service. And we were likewise

suitably impressed (and somewhat intoxicated) by the constantly flowing Italian wines, from the red and white house wines, each carafe costing Bt340 to the effervescent, but cheeky Lambrusca di Sorbare Secco at Bt900 a bottle. They only stock Italian wines in their cellar, incidentally.

TheTrattoria Italiana is  open for dinner from 3–11:30 pm.

That sense of relaxation and easygoingness is also well appreciated by the staff, not least by Chef Marco, who is thus able to give of his best. Marco’s culinary talents were given a firm foundation by his professional gastronomic training in a Padua hotel school and honed by 16-years of experience in supermarket restaurants and the Ibis Hotel Group in Milan. His culinary skills are literally awesome and have to be tasted to be believed. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

That the reputation of Trattoria Italiana’s superb fare and exceptional value for money is gradually permeating the consciousness of the cosmopolitan populace is apparent from the full restaurant, and included families of Russians, French and Italian gourmets, Thai-farang couples and the piece de resistance, as far as the Thais were concerned, two super-star film producers/actors. Soon, I guarantee, the place will be turning eager guests away, because the restaurant’s phenomenal cuisine will attract in the same manner as bees to the honey pot.

I heartily recommend Trattoria Italiana, without reservation to all; just make sure you get there early to prevent disappointment.

Reservations:
tel 087-138 0122  or 087-099 4304.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Eating

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