Michelin-starred Amerigo Sesti of the famed French fare at J’aime is revisiting his roots with a new Italian restaurant. Casual it may be, but Sesti’s fine dining chops are still on display, flexing creative muscle to showcase authentic Italian cuisine.
Located on the 14th floor of the Eastin Sathorn Hotel, Antito takes up the former space of big-name British chef Martin Blunos. Sesti’s new place is, however, not afraid to be playful, with texture, patterns, and color at every turn. The bold color scheme and chic, cheerful pop-art references – think Andy Warhol and Roy Lichenstein – add flamboyant charm. Sit in front of the semi-open kitchen to see Sesti work his magic or take in the air poolside.
Unlike his J’aime creations, you can sample Sesti’s native dishes for a fraction of the price. For starters, go for the southern Italian staple prawn carpaccio (THB620) – which looks more like an art installation than antipasti. Bouncy tiger prawns sit with candied tomatoes and eggplant infused with lemon oil, leaving diners with a fresh, clean palette.
Equally delightful is the cavatelli arrabbiata (THB330): hand-rolled shell-like pasta in rich arrabbiata sauce topped with mouthful portions of smoked ricotta. The highlight, and perhaps our favorite, is his pizza fritta (THB380).
Imagine crispy deep-fried dough with a vibrant blow of sweet tomato sauce, combined with an unapologetically large spoonful of fresh burrata. The most punchily priced dish we tried was the overnight-braised pork collar in marinated red wine sauce (THB670). It’s majestically straightforward: tender and savory, accompanied by carrot and potato puree.
His Meringata (THB310) will challenge even the fiercest meringue aficionado; crack the outer shelf for the hidden ice cream inside.
Signature cocktails start at THB350 and are as vibrant as the restaurant’s decor. Refresh yourself with a Lychee Pop, a light rum concoction with lychee syrup that comes with a large lychee popsicle that adds subtle, fruity flavors as it melts. Sesti also has a wide selection of wine at his disposal either served by the bottle or by the glass. Corkage runs THB500.
Why’d we come back? A restaurant of this quality that doesn’t end in a bill that makes you weep is rare – and it’s close to BTS Surasak. The head chef is there every day so the Sesti style is a guarantee.
Antito is open 11:30am to 11pm every day.
14th floor, Eastin Grand Hotel, South Sathorn Road