While Bangkok has an amazing array of restaurants, it is still missing a few types of places you’d like to see. One of these was a good by-the-slice pizza shop. There have been one or two of these in some of the high-end food courts, but they aren’t very good.
Pizza Pala is the first – to my knowledge – attempt to fill that gap, and it’s in the perfect location for such a venture, I think. The place soft-opened around 12 October and has been a bit of a work-in-progress since then, although it’s now more or less complete.
While the pizza is what will get your attention first, as it’s right on display on the sidewalk, along with gelato, inside you’ll also find a large deli display full of imported cheeses and meats. There’s also a nice selection of imported Italian pastas. They’re a bit expensive, but the quality is probably a lot better than the cheaper products you’ll find in most Bangkok supermarkets.
But it’s the pizza that will keep me coming back, as the place is very convenient to my gym for a post-workout slice. The owner is Italian, and so far it’s been usual for me to hear some animated conversations going on when I take a seat inside. This is not your typical mass-market pizza. There are no factory-made frozen crusts, but hand made slabs of dough that are stretched into a long oblong before being topped with a wide variety of traditional toppings. My favorite is the one pictured, which has sausage, black olives and mushrooms. There are usually close to a dozen different pizzas on offer.
The setup is for quick take-aways, so you can pick out what you want and they’ll wrap it up for you to take home, where you can pop it in the microwave or toaster oven. There are several counters inside where you can take a seat and order a drink if you want. All the slices are 80 Baht each.
I’ve tried the gelato, which is pretty good, although they’re having trouble with the temperature of the display case when the sun hits it. An awning is on order to help shade it. The espresso is especially strong, in true Italian style. It’s a little too acid for my taste, but it is authentic.
Pizza Pala is housed in the small building under the escalators that connect the Asoke BTS station to street level, right in front of the escalators down to the Sukhumvit subway station. It’s currently open from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm but they’re planning to expand hours soon. There’s currently no web site for the pizza shop but they do have a Twitter account. Maybe they’ll start tweeting to let us know what’s fresh out of the oven.
[Update, 17 January 2012:] Pala Pizza now has a web site, where you can find more information about their pizzas, pasta and the location.