Cicchetti @ Groove Central World, Bangkok
Started by San Carlo Cicchetti, Cicchetti is one of the most successful Italian restaurant in the United Kingdom. Cicchetti Bangkok is San Carlo’s first franchise outside of England. Decorated with an elegant high ceiling and Italian marble, its interior offers a touch of Italian flair.
Cicchetti (pronounced as ‘chi-ket-tee’) literally means ‘small plates’ in Italian. Even though the restaurant is located in Thailand, Cicchetti Bangkok does not fail to bring Venetian flavours to the plate. The open kitchen concept allows us to enjoy the sights and sounds of cooking – the flames, steam and pots clattering are part of the dining experience here.
We tried a few of their signatures including fresh ravioli (250 baht) stuffed with pecorino cheese and black truffle cream sauce. The pecorino ravioli was simply delicious with its mysterious musky aroma of black truffle and the smoky richness of the buttered cream.
Grilled lamb chop (720 baht) is really tasty. Served with caponata Madeira sauce, the meat is grilled just right with lovely pink centres and a nice roasted glaze on the exterior.
Cooked with N’duja spicy sausage and cream, Cod Fish (420 baht) was milder but tender, and light enough to taste the goodness from the cod.
New on their item is Pizza Focacia (280 baht) which is also my favourite. The pizza bread is filled with mascarpone cheese and drizzled with white truffle oil. Very simple ingredients but tasted extraordinary. The truffle and cheese combination has a creamy richness and seductively truffle aroma.
If you’re looking for a lively, upscale dining setting with affordable prices, this place is for you.
Address: 1/F, Groove, Rama 1 Rd. Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: (02) 251-6551
Opening hours: 11am to 12am