The second contender in our Bangkok Pizza Challenge, Pala Pizza Romana, is already a quite unusual competitor.
The first unusual (in a good way) thing about Pala Pizza Romana was that they replied to one of my messages on twitter. I was stating that I’ll start to test Pizza Restaurants in Bangkok soon and asked if everybody is prepared (as kind of a joke) and Pizza Pala Romana replied with a short ‘Bring it on’. Quite self confident, nice!
Furthermore Pizza Pala states on its website to be ‘best, first, unique’. While I can’t check whether first is correct or not I can say something about the ‘best’ (from my point of view) and completely agree on the unique part.
So let’s start the review and check out what makes this place unique.
The location is already pretty cool and easy to reach. It’s located right next to Asok BTS station and the new Terminal 21 Shopping Mall. All you have to do is to take the escalator down to the ground and voilà, there it is. The restaurant or bistro itself then isn’t a real restaurant. It’s more like a bistro where you can stand/sit on bar tables. Don’t get me wrong though, it still is quite convenient and comfortable. No doubt about that. Just not the average Pizza restaurant. It contains two bigger and 3 or 4 smaller tables. So it’s not that big (again not a negative thing!) What is pretty impressive: You can watch the Pizza chef make your Pizza since you can look directly into the kitchen area. Besides that you can also see a small butcher’s place inside with huge ham and European style sausages. Also worth mentioning the Italian wine and olive oil that can be seen all around the place. Love it.
The atmosphere is, like mentioned above, quite different from a ‘typical restaurant’ pretty cool nevertheless. Due to all the points we already talked about you can see that there is a pretty nice ‘Italian’ feeling / atmosphere going on – however it’s not a romantic or noble place (again: that’s not bad, for me). The atmosphere is cozy and nice and fits to its style.
Regarding the prices we now have to take on the more ‘unique’ part of this Bangkok Pizza Place. Pizza Pala Romana does not serve ‘normal’ Pizza. You can order ‘Pizza Slices’ or ‘1/2 meter’ and ‘meter’ Pizzas. Hard to decide at first but quite fun actually. Share 1/2 meter with your friend or simply order different slices to add some diversity. A slice, depending on your choice’ can be from 55 to 95 THB. Taking prior expenses into account I’d say prices are ok and shouldn’t bother you too much. That having said there is one big thing that bothers me though: The service charge. I know it’s quite common in this kind of area (Sukhumvit, Thonglor, etc.) however I simply don’t like it and consider it as kind of ‘tricking customers’. Just because everybody does it doesn’t mean I have to like it or consider it ok.
The Pizza itself was quite good and really decent. A little disappointing for me was that they first forgot about my order and only served my friend and when we reminded them they were in such a hurry that the Pizza topping wasn’t that nicely done (sounds kinda stupid but hey, when looking for the ‘perfect pizza’ you gotta have to go into detail, right?). Like stated before the taste itself was totally fine and I couldn’t think of something to really complain about. On the other hand it didn’t make me say ‘wow, awesome’ either. That’s why I’d say ‘pretty good, but not sure if that’s already the best‘.
Bottom Line: Pizza Pala Romana beats Pizza Company and all those other places by far and also beats the first competitor in our Pizza Challenge. The people were pretty friendly and always smiling and quite polite after realizing their faux pas.
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