COCONUTS HOT SPOT — Decked out with a full size, wood-fired oven and seriously good sound system with the right playlist, La Massilia is taking the food truck concept to a whole new level.
A true pizza aficionado always takes the purist approach whenever ordering for the first time, and the Pizza Margherita (THB 250) at La Massilia aces the test. With delicious dough stretched razor thin and thoroughly baked, every bite packs a crispy crunch. Could it be the best pizza experience in Bangkok? That’s a tall claim indeed, but no obvious contender comes to mind; certainly not the first 10 usual names people will be tempted to comment with. In any case, it is damn good.
The atmosphere alone transcends expectations. Parked on Sala Daeng Road in the far back of MK Gold’s parking lot, the setting is quiet, pleasant, spacious and breezy. It’s almost like dining on a romantic terrasse overlooking the Italian Riviera, only without the view, sea or Alps. Who knew such a calm spot existed in otherwise buzzing Silom area.
The drink situation is the only bummer. Beer options are limited to expensive Peroni (THB180) and small size Heineken (THB120); only white wine is available by glass (THB260), red wine is only by bottle (THB1,200) and the usual mix of canned soft drinks (THB90) and overpriced bottled water (THB50 – 1,200).
Chef Riccardo Pantò has some big plans, though, including menu expansion and getting some large umbrellas for rainy nights. Hopefully some necessary condiments like crushed red pepper and parmesan cheese will be on his list as well. But by then we expect getting a table here will probably be a very different equation. Right now just be happy to get this pizza for this price in this spot.
5:30pm – 10:00pm, closed Mondays
Sala Daeng Road
Correction: Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story misidentified Chef Riccardo Panto as also being the owner, when in fact he is not.