Wednesday, May 05, 2010

La Villa

We had a dinner date with a bunch of friends. At first; we could not decide where to meet up since everyone has an opinion to what & where is good to eat in Bangkok. Finally, we decided to meet at La Villa Ristorante.

La Villa has been opened now for about 10 years on Thonglor. We have to admit; we always forget about it when we think of Italian food. However; the location it is very convenient for us since it is near our home.

The decor mostly uses white & black as the major color scheme. There are lovely old white & black photos of Italian acting icons like Sophia Loren hanging on the wall to give it an old charm atmosphere.

For starters; we ordered the deep fried mozzarella cheese. We saw this dish being served to the table next to us. It looked good so we had to try them. The mozzarella was deep fried to a golden brown. They were crispy on the outside but very chewy & gooey on the inside. The dense tomato sauce on top added extra flavour. We liked this dish.

(We also had parma ham pizza and a tuna tartare. But, I was so hungry that I dove right into those dishes and forgot to take a photo of them. Sorry. Next time, I promise. The pizza good texture and taste. The tuna tartare was a bit bland. They did not put enough herbs or spices to add flavour. But; overall both were good.)

The first red wine was a 2007 Alain Chabanon Campredon. The Campredon was drinking very well. It was a lovely balanced wine with lots of fruit, herbs and tobacco. This wine always amazes me just for the mere fact between the price & quality ratio. It is not expensive but a very good wine and it is one of the most drinkable wines around.

The tortellini with white sauce.

Spaghetti with seafood in foil.

Ravioli stuffed with fois gras.

Spaghetti with crab.

Tagliatelle with beef bolognese sauce.

Spaghetti margarita.

The second red wine was a 2007 Artadi Vinas de Gain. A deep purple color, it had an expressive nose of wood smoke, pencil lead, black berries. Full-flavored on the palate, it was nicely balanced with good structure.

Overall; La Villa has very friendly & good service, the atmosphere is pleasant & relaxing, the food is good (but not the best) and the prices are comparable to other Italian restaurants in town. Loads of parking, which is a good thing, especially on Thonglor.

The manager told us that a new Italian chef was arriving in two weeks from Italy. Perhaps; then I can say that the food is 'outstanding' instead of just 'good'.

131 Thonglor soi 9
Sukhumvit 53
Bangkok, 10110

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