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“Didn't live up to expectations”
Review of La Bottega di Luca

La Bottega di Luca
Ranked #466 of 10,853 Restaurants in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $80
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Sukhumvit
Description: is Bangkok’s multi award winning Italian Restaurant. La Bottega di Luca is set to please discerning palates with traditional Italian food and wine in a beautiful setting. This bright restaurant is situated on the second floor of The Terrace 49 building in Sukhumvit Soi 49. La Bottega has a cozy indoor space adorned with wooden floors and warm walls, and boasts an amazing outdoor terrace furnished with leather sofas and high tables where guests can escape Bangkok’s busy streets. There is also a private dining ‘wine’ room available for up to 14 guests. Chef and owner Luca Appino is melding classic Italian ingredients in tasty and innovative ways. The rustic Italian fare that Luca serves is infused with influences from the whole of the Mediterranean. All ingredients are farm and market fresh, and all food served is home made. And while Luca channels the spirit of traditional food from the Italian countryside, he adds inventive and unexpected twists.At La Bottega di Luca the goal is to create food that is delicious yet unpretentious. Luca uses the same pure fresh approach to cooking using traditional ingredients and combinations that he was raised with. The final products are traditional Italian dishes with Luca’s own signature and style.
Ayutthaya, Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Didn't live up to expectations”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

I wanted somewhere special serving Italian food for my sixth anniversary with my partner. I decided on this place having seen comments by Chef Ian Kittichai (a promiment Thai chef) praising the food here. I had high expectations, though sadly they weren't met.

The amuse bouche was a small glass of carrot soup with tiny cubes of (I think) squid in it. It was underwhelming, and served with the tiniest of spoons making eating it a chore. The breads looked pretty but ultimately were also underwhelming.

To start I had foie gras. The foie gras was beautifully cooked, but was drenched with an onion-y gravy which was not mentioned in the menu description and in my opinion went poorly with the foie gras. The major problem was with the accompanying salad, though. The salad dressing contained salt which had not dissolved giving rise to several unpleasant crunchy/salty mouthfuls. My partner's octopus was also rather salty.

The too-much-salt theme continue with a black truffle cheese risotto, though the rice was perfectly cooked. The dish was marred, though, by thin slices of cured pork on top which was virtually impossible to cut through with a spoon.

My partner had osso bucco. It was a massive portion - way too much for one. It was OK - nothing special. The vegetable sides, however, were disappointing. The spinach was under-seasoned, and the mashed potato gluey.

The only dish which wasn't flawed in my opinion was the dessert - a zabaglioni semi-freddo - sweet, rich and utterly delicious.

Service was good, apart from a bit of a delay getting the bill and a further delay getting the boxed, left over veal, but by that time the restaurant had become quite busy.

This was my first, and probably last, visit to this restaurant. In future I think I'll be sticking to my old favorite: L'Opera.

  • Visited June 2013
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Novi di Modena, Italy
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“Fantastic italian food”
Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

We went there with friends abroad and found a very beautiful location to consume very well prepared dishes, made by italian cook. We recognized very fresh products, as if they imported them directly from Italy, but actually they could do this way, we didn't ask. Price is fair compared to the very high quality of the food. Wine choice is very high.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank ileana35
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Castelvetro di Modena, Italy
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

I travelled a lot along Asia, to China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia. As an italian, it's very difficult for us to find an italian restaurant where you can say "it's like being home". La Bottega is one, maybe the only one, where you can actually feel at home.
Luca is a very skilled chef, and welcomes you very warmly in his restaurant; the atmosphere is very nice, in one of the best districts of Bangkok.
The raw materials for the food are imported fresh from Italy weekly and you can find very particular products, such as white asparagus, fassona beef and so on.
The dishes are presented with artistic compositions, and you can chose for meat or fish equally, due to the high level of the cuisine.
The fresh tuna tartare and the pici senesi with duck breast and liver sauce, Arezzo style, are two fantastic dishes and you can match them with one of the many wines of the restaurant's cellar, furnished with the best labels of red, white and sparkling italian wines. The choice you have is limitless and the prices are fair.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank PietroBazzani
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“Beef lover should not miss.”
Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

The steak here is the best in town. Professional prepare and serve. All pasta dishes are superb!!! Great restaurant.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Saoyai
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“My favourite Italian restaurant in Bangkok”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Wow - this was a wonderful place. Set in a small strip mall and fairly modern in decor. It's all about the food and the wine, plus since it was Saturday night the music. THe staff were also attentive and truly interested in pleasing the diner. Next time I'm in Bangkok - it's on my list for sure.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Mash49
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