The number of Italian restaurants and pizzerias in Bangkok is testament to the popularity of Italian cuisine and proves that dishes created with simple flavours and premium quality ingredients are appreciated all over the world. Ugolini Restaurant in Bangkok keeps with this tradition and really excels by serving Italian specialties with an effortless style that is as authentic as anything you’d find along the cobbled backstreets of Rome.
The management team at Ugolini has plenty of experience having owned restaurants in Phuket and Bangkok for over a decade and while they have wide-ranging plans to modernise in other locations, Ugolini Restaurant will stay squarely in the traditional Italian model. The restaurant is located on Soi Langsuan, a fairly prestigious address in downtown Bangkok. The restaurant is a 500 metre journey down Langsuan Road from Chit Lom BTS station. It is easy to find on the right hand side, just before a small side street called Langsuan 1.
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The layout of Ugolini restaurant is unique with a tiered dining room on three separate levels and a bar at the top for a post dinner drink. The design means diners can choose the type of atmosphere right for them: whether it’s next to the windows on the livelier lower tier, or in a more intimate setting further back. There’s also a private room towards the rear of the restaurant that is perfect for small parties. The décor is simple and refined, with bright white table cloths catching the eye and plenty of natural light from the wall-to-ceiling windows. A small garden does an excellent job of separating the restaurant from the traffic outside.
Whereas the décor is pleasant, the food really separates Ugolini from the crowd. More specifically, it’s the superior ingredients that ensure the food retains the traditional taste of Italy. Everything from the flour for their bread, cold cut meats, truffles, fish, even their olive oil, is imported directly from Italy. It is fairly common to find restaurants sourcing meat and fish from abroad (as Ugolini also does) but the restaurant shows a level of dedication in sourcing all of its staple ingredients that surpasses most other restaurants.
Because it imports so many ingredients it ensures the menu and wine list is stocked full of Italian wines and specialties like bottarga fish roe from Sardinia, Acquerello aged rice, and rosé Prosecco from northern Italy. Bottarga is a particular treat that is difficult to find elsewhere in Bangkok. It is dried and compressed mullet or tuna roe that has been cured in sea salt. It is sliced and served with pasta or on bread. The taste has a complex yet subtle taste and a velvety, almost creamy, texture that has gained it the moniker ’truffle of the sea’. Due to their links with Phuket, Ugolini also have lobster and other seafood flown up weekly from the southern coast.
The Italian antipasto is a great choice to start your meal and is stocked with samples of cold cuts including salami, Parma ham, parmesan, olives and bruschettas (including one topped with bottarga) which costs 790 baht and is more than enough for two people. Again, it is a dish prepared simply, that allows the ingredients to speak for themselves. A wide range of pasta and pizzas are also prominent on the menu. Pizzas are served with a crispy thin base and come with generous portions of mozzarella cheese. The deliziosa pizza comes with imported Mascarpone cheese and Parma ham for 540 baht.
Meat lovers are well taken care of at Ugolini with a wide selection including imported veal and Black Angus steak. A particular highlight are the lamb tenderloins braised in Chianti wine sauce which are succulent and cooked rare with hints of rosemary and served together with roasted eggplant and potatoes. There are plenty of delicious Italian desserts to round off your meal at Ugolini’s, such as creamy tiramisu with a strong coffee kick, or melt in the middle chocolate cake.
Much like the food, it’s the subtle touches in the service and environment in which Ugolini place so much importance. This is a restaurant that pays attention to the finer elements with its selection of ingredients, and understated, efficient service that feels like a unique blend of Thai hospitality and Italian charm. Soi Langsuan is typically the domain of ex-pats rather than tourists, meaning simple gimmicks like an attractive window display or discount lunchtime deals won’t compensate if the food, ambiance or service is not worthy of the price. Ugolini know this well and retains a loyal following who come for a traditional Italian fine-dining experience.
Ugolini Italian Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 11:30 - 14-30 and 17:30 - 22:30
- Address: 59, 59/6 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road Lumpini, Patumwan Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (2) 252 8108