While Italian restaurants can be found on practically every block in Bangkok, there are very few that specialise in regional cooking, let alone making one feel like one is having a relaxed meal... Read More
While Italian restaurants can be found on practically every block in Bangkok, there are very few that specialise in regional cooking, let alone making one feel like one is having a relaxed meal straight from mama's kitchen. La Cantina, which is tucked away in a small diner just a block down from the busy Asok intersection, is just such a spot. Owner and welcoming host Luca Perinetti hails from Torino, and has sought to recreate some of his childhood favourites right from his mom's recipe book showcasing the best of Piemontese cuisine. The menu is extensive and features standouts such as gnocchi made with fresh saffron and homemade sausage, fettuccine with creamy pesto and Parma ham, or risotto salsiccia with sausage and mushrooms. Everything in La Cantina's is all about 100% fresh homemade food using top ingredients. The bread is freshly baked, the pasta is hand cut, and the sausage is home made. As opposed to most larger establishments here, there is no need to sacrifice quality for quantity and regardless of prices, top notch produce and meats are essential. While the simple interior doesn't offer astounding views or plush surroundings, it matches the cuisine; simple, tasty, warm, and completely relaxed. Oh, make sure to leave room for dessert. Piemonte is renowned for its chocolate, and La Cantina's chocolate mousse is sweet, delicate, and the perfect finale to a night in mama's kitchen.