Pala Pizza Romana
The Best Bangkok Pizza Shop
This is one of those places where if you aren’t paying attention, you could easily walk right passed it. It’s located in a fairly busy area, just outside of one of Bangkok’s most prominent malls, Terminal 21. It also happens to be right at one of the junctions between the underground subway (MRT) and the overground sky train (BTS) stations named “Asok”. Because of the busy overpassing walkways and sky train bridges, this tightly nestled, and fairly hidden pizzeria gets a fair amount of passing foot-traffic. However, it seldom gets found for the gastronomical delights that await inside if you give yourself enough time for a proper sit down meal. It seems like there’s those who know about it and visit frequently, and then there’s everyone else who just passes by. I reckon this is the best Bangkok Pizza shop I’ve found so far.
Pizza in Bangkok? Why?
I know I know – why would you travel all the way to Thailand just to find yourself at a pizza shop? The true culinary masterpieces are found on every street corner at night. Instant Thai stir fries cooked to perfection, and with a price that is unbeatably low! Though if you are here for a long duration, you start to get cravings for some of those familiar comfort foods. There’s only so many stir-fries you can eat consecutively, before you just want to have a slice of pizza pie, even if you have to pay a little more to get it.
The problem with this, however, is most of the Bangkok pizza shops are one of two major chains: Pizza Hut and The Pizza Company (with the occasional Dominos Pizza in the mix). This is fine, if you’re just after something really quick and familiar… but I figure – “Heck, I AM travelling. If I am going to eat a pizza – let’s see how authentically Italian I can get… without breaking the bank completely”. This takes a bit more time and research (and has hopefully lead to you finding this post). After reading several reviews, including some who claimed to be from Italian chefs who raved about the authenticity, we knew we had to determine if Pizza Romana was indeed the best Bangkok Pizza!
The menu consisted of a variety of italian toppings rarely found in the typical Bangkok pizza shops – already this was promising. They also had some delicious varieties of pasta sauces, and you get to choose the noodles to accompany them. Go on… Salads and antipastos. Perfetto. And of course, who could forget, the desert menu!! My mouth was watering. I wanted to try everything!! The small restaurant has limited seating, and fairly average wait times for food. While you wait, however, they have a great deli section full of cheeses, meats and olives rarely seen in Thailand (let alone a little Bangkok pizza joint). They also had a wall of oils and vinegars, ranging from olive oil to precious truffle oil! Wow! By the time I had gone through and looked at everything, the food was all ready! Words probably won’t do justice to the explosions of flavour my mouth experienced that evening! It was perfect! I will certainly be going back to try many more of their pizza, pasta and dessert selections! Delizioso!
Take a look at the menu here!
Probably one of the easiest ‘off-the-beaten-path’ spots I’ve written about in terms of finding it. This Bangkok Pizza shop is located right at the Terminal 21 mall’s exit from the Asok MRT (subway). If you arrive by BTS (Sky train), the stop is Asok and you just have to use exit 3 heading towards Terminal 21, and then bring yourself down the escalator to street level (without entering the mall itself). Arriving by taxi or bus, you’ll be coming along Sukhomvit Street. It’s near Soi 21 (hence the name of the mall Terminal 21). Again, you just have to look for the entrance to the MRT and it’s right next to that. Keep in mind, it’s not a huge shop, and signage is somewhat hidden, so if you blink… you just might miss it.
Opening hours: 10am to midnight
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This certainly is the best Bangkok Pizza shop I’ve tried, and it seems to have a fairly long standing reputation. Of course, tastes are different for everyone and you may think that Pizza hut is the best Bangkok Pizza in town? If you’re looking for an authentic Italian flare, however, Pala Pizza Romana is the place to be. Due to many of it’s rare toppings, prices will be on the mid-higher range! It’s about the same price as a sit down italian restaurant in a western country, when it comes to price – so don’t expect Thai prices. Keep in mind, however, that you’re getting what you’re paying for. A quality pizza in Bangkok, and perhaps a rare treat to yourself.
Have you ever had a craving for food that was familiar while on the road? Was it because you didn’t like the local food, or was it simply just to have a taste of some comfort foods? Where were you and what did you get?
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