WHILE many Italian restaurants in Pattaya tempt passersby with the promise of offering the authentic taste of Italy, only a handful actually deliver on this pledge. One of the finest: Luca Marchetti’s Toscana on Beach Road.
Passionate about ingredients, this affable chef and restaurateur imports only the finest Italian fare. His local produce is top notch, too: just outside of Pattaya he operates his own organic farm where he rears chickens, lambs, quails, and cows, and even grows his own veggies.
Luca says that the real secret to creating top quality Italian cuisine is to keep things simple. "Real Italian food doesn't tinker with ingredients and add too many complex elements," he says. “Real Italian cuisine lets the nature of ingredients shine through – all those wonderful flavours and textures. Just like my grandmother used to do with her recipes, I want to ensure the tastes and textures of my dishes are at their best.”
And sure enough, from the very first bite to the very last, Toscana’s food offers plenty to be excited about.
The Crostini di fegato (Chicken liver pate. B200), served with freshly baked breads, boiled quail eggs, and cashew nuts, is simple yet delicious. Ditto the All uovo di quaglia (B320), a crispy thin crust pizza topped with cheese and quail eggs.
For mains, the Pappardelle al Ragu ‘di agnello (Fresh pappardelle with lamb meat sauce. B390) is a must try, featuring a hearty portion of deliciously tender lamb perched atop expertly cooked homemade pasta. The Quaglie al forno con olive nostraline e polenta grigliata (Roasted quails with grilled polenta and raw olives. B440) is another highlight, boasting a deliciously gamey punch tempered by the salty-tang of the olives.
When it comes to washing down your food, besides an extensive selection of spirits and cocktails, Toscana offers a variety of Italian wines to suit almost every taste. Bottles range in price from B800 to B20,000, and wines by glass start at just B180.
Located overlooking the beach next to Toscana’s sister restaurant Moom Talay (a popular Thai restaurant whose menu is also available here), Toscana features a classic Italian trattoria design (think exposed brickwork, arched columns, and a warm colour scheme blending browns, beige and terracotta) which creates a wonderfully cozy atmosphere. Factor in the restaurant’s friendly and efficient service, and it’s a restaurant suitable for any occasion.
Beach Road (between Soi 6 and Soi 7)
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