Sole Mio is an authentic Italian restaurant and pizzeria in the lively entertainment area of Thong Lor. Owned and operated by a team from Turin and Rome, this great value trattoria is one of those special finds that grows by word-of-mouth, and anyone looking for genuine Italian cuisine – cooked and prepared in time honoured traditions – should make Sole Mio their first stop.
Open from 11:30 to 23:30 every day, Sole Mio is easy to find on Thong Lor Soi 13. From the BTS Skytrain at Thong Lor it is a quick five minute taxi ride away.
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There is a welcoming atmosphere at Sole Mio and a rustic charm that suits their menu of tried and tested classics. Artwork and photographs displayed on terracotta brick follows the typical Italian style and outside diners can relax on a large terrace that is serviced by plenty of fans. Come for lunch and enjoy their set lunch offers starting from 295 baht, or visit of an evening to be wined and dined from the a la carte menu.
Pizzas at Sole Mio come highly recommended, served on a thin base that crisps around the edges. We tried the 4 Stagioni (300 baht), a delicious combination of mozzarella, ham, black olives, mushroom and artichoke. The spaghetti carbonara (250 baht) is also something special here, made true to the original recipe with egg, not cream, two types of imported cheese and guanciale (cured pork cheek) adding a more robust flavour than standard bacon that is used in most joints in Bangkok.
For a main, we can’t look past the ossobuco: a braised veal shank that is slow cooked for five hours until the meat is soft and tender enough to fall from the bone with one touch, and accompanying the meat is a rich topping of tomato, carrot and a side of mashed potato (380 baht). Dessert is taken care of by an excellent tiramisu for 180 baht, served with almond ameretti, lashings of mascarpone cream and a soft biscuit base.
The wine list is dominated by Italian labels and runs from a surprisingly excellent Tuscan red for 950 baht, up to a famed bottle of Barolo for 3,800 baht; in Bangkok, you won’t find cheaper. There is also an impressively long list of aperitifs.
To please even the most ardent fan of traditional Italian cuisine, ricotta cheese is flown in fresh three times a week, all meat is imported and most staple ingredients are made in-house to guarantee quality: the focaccia bread, pasta, gnocci and pannacotta are all homemade. It’s clear Sole Mio deliver a true taste of Italy, undiluted by its Asian surroundings. Of course the head chef is able to customise the menu to specific requests, especially for vegetarians, and the owner Dom will accommodate you with personable Italian charm. Live music is played on weekends with an acoustic guitar duo playing a mix of pop standards and Italian classics and you might even see the owner get up and strum out a few hits, such is the easygoing atmosphere.
Bangkok is fairly inundated with Italian-style restaurants but Sole Mio still stands out as they have a clear pedigree at delivering dishes you know so well at an unbelievably good price.
Sole Mio Restaurant
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sum 11:30 - 23:30
- BTS: Thong Lor (a three minute taxi up Sukhumvit 55 is required)
- Address: 81, Thonglor 13 (Soi Akkaphat) Sukhumvit 55 Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 2185 2199