I was looking for a small Italian restaurant to to for my birthday. I didn't want to deal with the usual HiSo crowd on Ekamai and Thong Lor. A friend suggested La Buca and it was a good choice.
It is hidden away on Soi 1, right near the 7/11. It is tiny - maybe 10 tables and quite initimate. It's perfect for a night out with a few friends but not if you are in the mood to be crazy. You would end up spoiling the other diners' meals. Signore Oreste is the owner/host/chef and he does it all with aplomb. He made some excellent suggestions: Saffron Risotto. Maine Lobster spaghetti a la diavolo, osso buco. The dessert selection is small we had homemade tirami su and a chocolate mousse-like concoction.
Go to La Buca if you want to have a lovely casual among friends and want to feel like an insider - not a tourist. Oh and if you are lucky, Signore Oreste will sing for you!
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