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Review: Calderazzo Italian Restaurant

Italian restaurants in Bangkok, in theory, are great. The menus are typically rich in pastas, meats, pizzas, and generous sized appetizers. Since nobody brings home a doggy bag in Thailand, Italian restaurants in Bangkok provide a nice excuse to eat an alarming/disgusting amount of carb and protein heavy food. A good Italian restaurant masters the subtleties of its dishes while establishing an atmosphere of escape and relaxation, which is hard to do in this city. Recognized as one of the finest Italian eateries in Bangkok, KohSpot had to try Soi Langsuan’s very own Calderazzo.

calderaFirst off, the food is delicious.  Calderazzo’s menu is Italian, but with its own personal signatures. If you’re looking for spaghetti with meat-sauce or pepperoni pizza on the menu, head elsewhere.  The service staff is unpretentious and is trained to explain what you’ll be eating before you order that Osso Bucco or aioli infused caviar to impress your date that barely speaks English.

Most dishes at Calderazzo’s run from 300-600THB. The wine selection consists mostly of Italian, Australian and New Zealand varietals (2-6kTHB) and the dozen or so wines available by the glass are surprisingly great pours.

For the traditionalists, stay away from the folded pizzas which are more dough than show. And while the baby swimmer crabmeat tastes fantastic, it is small and expensive. Wait a minute; tastes fantastic, small and expensive…sounds like your date, right? Speaking of which…

Calderazzo is definitely a date place.  The lighting is a bit too dim for a guy’s night out anyways.  The main dining space is donning floor-to-ceiling windows and the tables are generously spaced, which can be a good thing: alone time, or a bad thing: awkwardness.  Bring your “A” game on any date at Calderazzo or be prepared for some long silences with no TV to glance at to provide social relief.

Thursday-Saturday nights offer a little more flavor with live Cuban music. Nothing spells Friday entertainment more than sipping Chianti to Cuban Rumba while in Southeast Asia.

The third floor sports a bar with a couple large, plush couches in case you want to keep the night going. Beers and cocktails will cost you north of 200 baht. Dinner and drinks may impress but they will also cost you; so if you’re a guy reading this, make sure you’re getting laid. If you’re a girl reading this, at least give him a descent dry hump afterwards.

The place closes at 22:30 every night so get there early.

Address: 59/6 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Pratumwan
Phone: 66 (0)2 252 81 08
Directions: Get of the Skytrain at ‘Chitlom’ and then walk down Langsuan. It’s on the left side of the street
Website : www.calderazzobangkok.com/features.php

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