ITALIAN wine bars in Bangkok don’t get much more authentic than diVino on Soi Thonglor. Split between three small rooms in the corner of Penny’s Balcony community mall, this cozy venue pleases foodies and oenophiles alike with a wide selection of culinary and liquid comforts from that much-loved boot-shaped land.
Italian character is stamped on the premises thanks to the hard work of owner and chef Roberto Ferin, a gregarious host who’s famous in Bangkok for his time spent at some of the city’s most popular Italian restaurants (in his 15 plus years living in the Kingdom, he has managed venues such as La Villa and L’Opera Riserva), and he’s often on hand to guide patrons through his wine list – over 300 labels, mostly Italian – as well as his no-nonsense food menu: a selection of cheeses, cold cuts, salads, meats, pasta dishes and desserts, including an amazing Tiramisu, all prepared fresh daily.
While diVino is well-known for its selection of mostly exclusive wines, which range in price from B700 to B25,000 per bottle, the restaurant looks set to gain another reputation – this one for offering great-value Italian lunches.
Just last month diVino introduced a two-course set lunch menu which offers a choice of either one appetizer and one pasta dish (or one pizza) for B380++, or one appetizer and one main course for B580++ (both options include a mini dessert, and hot coffee or tea).
Light, healthy and tasty to boot, the appetizer selection includes popular choices such as Tomato and mozzarella salad and Tuna salad with feta cheese. The pasta range focuses on classics like Penne Arrabiata with sausages and Spaghetti carbonara, while the mains selection features highlights such as Sea bass fillet and Roasted lamb loin (all mains are served with veggies and potatoes of the day).
If you’re a pizza fan, you’re in for a real treat here. Roberto’s Special Pizza, which is topped with mozzarella, blue cheese, spinach, and fried egg is not to be missed. The crust is wonderfully crispy, and the ingredients atop so tasty that you're bound to reach for another slice, no matter how full you are. Another good choice for lunch is the Pizza diVino with meatballs.
Alongside the new lunch menu, diVino also offers a ‘Drinks of the Day’ menu featuring selected wines at just B150++ per glass, and beers at B120++.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it for lunch, though, because diVino also offers a carefully considered a la carte dinner menu, and, whatever time you choose to visit, you’re sure to enjoy an authentic and homely experience.
Penny’s Balcony, Thong Lor 16. Open daily 11.30am-2pm; 5.30pm-12am
Tel: 02 714 8723 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.divinobkk.com