By : MICHAEL MOORE
03 February 2016
About: Pizza Massilia takes the humble pizza and elevates it to new levels. The restaurant is the brainchild of French restaurateur Frederic Meyer and Italian owner/chef Luca Appino of La Bottega di Luca, operators of Pizza Massilia, a truck devoted to quality pizza that is usually found in the parking lot of the MK outlet on Soi Sala Daeng. Their stationary version is definitely not another pizza joint. It serves quality pizza and a host of other items from wood-fired ovens in elegant surroundings. Appino is a stickler on imported quality ingredients, so virtually everything used in making the pizza is imported from Italy, often from small artisanal producers Appino has discovered during his travels.
Setting: Located on Soi Ruam Rudee, a short walk from the Ploenchit BTS station, Pizza Massilia is housed in a large restaurant with a baroque inspired dining room that I can't quite decide whether it is serious or a play at bourgeoisie elegance. You'll have to decide whether the owners were serious or simply attempting to be playful. No matter what you think, it is a refreshing change from the stark, industrial modern interiors of virtually every new restaurant in town.
Menu: Virtually everything served in the restaurant comes from massive wood-fired ovens imported from Italy. In addition to the ovens, Appino has imported a chef, Flavio Argenio, who among other places worked at Pizzarium in Rome, widely regarded as one of the best places in town for the thick slices of pizza famous in Rome. Pizzas are divided into “Classic” and “Chic” pizzas. From the chic menu, we enjoyed the Sea Urchin (690 baht) pizza made with Italian yellow tomato sauce, sea urchin, red garlic, Italian parsley and extra-virgin olive oil. Light and unique, Appino says it is probably the most popular pizza they serve. Classic items include a simple Margherita (250 baht) and Homemade Cooked Ham (490 baht) with some great imported mozzarella. Non pizza dishes include pastas from the wood oven; some excellent dishes inspired by Marseilles and the south of France like a Baby Squid Bouillabaisse (380 baht) and Ratatouille and Stracciatella (420 baht); a good selection of Italian cold cuts and cheese; and some fine desserts from Italy and the south of France. The wine list has several wines by the glass and a massive selection of wines by the bottle with something for every pocketbook and taste.
Evaluation: An excellent restaurant that is influenced by the food of Marseilles that takes pizza and other items from a wood-fired oven to new heights. Pizza Massilia is mildly elegant, but more importantly it is fun. This is an excellent place for larger groups some of whom might want pizza, but with others who are on the prowl for gourmet renditions of other dishes reminiscent of Marseilles and Italy.