Visited Bella Napoli with my girlfriend on a Wednesday night around 8:30pm in late March 2013. Restaurant is in a great location on Sukhumvit Soi 31 not too far down and near many other great restaurants. We had high hopes for some great authentic pizza after reading all the reviews in Trip Advisor. Overall it was a bit disappointing but mainly because we had high expectations going in. Blame Trip Advisor for that.
First the pros. The restaurant is very cute, cozy, and authentic feeling. The prices are great - we paid Baht 250 for a large spicy salami pizza which is USD 8.50. And my personal favorite - the expatriate owner/operator is actually there overseeing everything which tends to make a large difference in service quality and smoothness of the experience.
Now onto the cons. I have to question the taste of so many of the other reviewers for this restaurant. We didn't like the pizza at all. We ordered a standard pizza with salami on top. It came out about 7 minutes after we ordered and at first, we were delighted at the prompt service. But our enthusiasm was quickly dampened. The pizza crust was soft and oily in places, none of that fresh baked crispiness you expect in a handmade to order pizza. The cheese was very dry, it had clearly been sitting out for some time. And the sauce was too sparse, hence making the pizza taste even more dry. I asked for some extra pizza sauce for dipping and the server responded they they serve ketchup and hot sauce but not extra tomato sauce. I pressed her and she finally agreed by bringing a tiny little container with tomato sauce in it - one of those cute little containers they serve gourmet mustard or ketchup in.
So we paid and ran out and got a second dinner on Thong Lor. It was worth a try but we won't be back. And of course we continue our search for great pizza in Bangkok. Stay tuned until next time.
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