Everyone knows pizza! Although the origins of the dish are probably Middle Eastern, the delightful round dish delight that everyone knows well was perfected in Naples in the mid-1800s and became famous when Queen Margherita was served a pie with tomato and mozzarella when she visited the city in 1889. Since then round dish pizza has travelled around the world and is found in most countries.
In recent years a new type of pizza has become very popular in Italy: originating in Rome, "pizza al taglio", or "cut pizza" is served as a snack at any time of the day, from mid morning onwards, at many bars and coffee shops around the country. One of the most famous outlets for this kind of pizza is Volpetti in Rome (Mr. Volpetti, one of our shareholders, is the gentleman in the picture above). This type of pizza is baked in metre long slabs of dough in a narrow oven, and comes with as many toppings as you would find available for round dish pizzas. The dough is different, however. Roman pizza is made of a different mix of flour and yeast that changes the way the dough rises, allowing for a very tasty bread base that stays fresh for much longer than round dish pizza does. Pizza al taglio slices can even be kept overnight and reheated to maintain the same fresh taste it had when it was first taken out of the oven.
Pala Pizza Romana, close to Terminal 21, on the corner of Sukhumvit and Asoke, just under the escalator leading from the BTS to the MRT, is the first place in Bangkok to recreate this original, authentic Roman experience. From 10am to midnight the chefs at Pala are working daily to offer you this unique delight fresh out of the oven. At any time there will be at least two pizzas baking and several more on display for you to buy for takeaway or enjoy inside the small, but friendly establishment.
And as well as pizzas you will find a full menu of other Italian dishes: pasta, soup, fish, salads, and desserts, all at very reasonable prices. The restaurant also features a deli counter where you can choose from a huge mouth watering selection of cold cuts, cheeses, canned goods, chocolates, sweets, cakes and breads that you can enjoy for breakfast.
Pala opened in October 2011 and became popular very quickly. It gets quite crowded at lunchtime and in the evening, so please get there early if you want to find a seat.
Finally why do we claim to be First? We are undisputedly the first Italian Pizza restaurant to serve authentic Roman style pizza in Bangkok. And why are we Unique? To our knowledge there is no restaurant like ours in Bangkok that combines an authentic Roman “Trattoria” service with an extended deli counter and take away service. Are we Best? We hope you will be the judge of that claim!