The Vibe: La Bottega Di Luca is a cozy and stylish restaurant which delivers authentic Italian comfort food. The main characteristic of this evocative Italian eatery is its simplicity, and their use of high quality ingredients that are almost always made from scratch. It's a stunning combination of locally sourced produce and high quality imported specialty items that enable you to experience amazingly authentic Italian cuisine. The venue boasts avant-garde art on the walls, a buttery warm color palate, a trendy tropical garden terrace dining area and a super exclusive private dining room complete with its own separate restroom and bar. This is a sophisticated yet somewhat casual venue that will appeal to anyone who loves Italian food. There is usually a good mix of expats and locals and there is typically a nice buzz and energy in the restaurant.
What To Eat & Drink: Start your meal off with a glass of Provenza Lugana Prestige, 2010, which is a smooth and luscious white wine from Italy. It is the perfect accompaniment to the sweet and succulent South Brittany Bouchot Mussels w/ White Wine, Cherry Tomato & Pepper. Another favorite starter is the delectable Giant Octopus w/ Garlic, Parsley & Basil. The octopus undergoes a 72 hour sous vide process before it is pan seared so that it becomes caramelized and crispy while remaining uncommonly tender inside. For a pasta course we recommend the Spaghetti w/ Clams, White Wine Sauce & Cherry Tomato and the Rigatoni w/ Sauté Sausage, Tomato Sauce & Fennel Seeds which are both extraordinary examples of hearty Italian comfort food. The highlight is the Strip Loin "Fassome" which is a flavorsome grass-fed veal steak from Piedmont. It is best enjoyed when paired with a full bodied glass of red wine, such as the Cabernet Syrah Merlot Obsession which perfectly balances the intoxicating amalgamation of intense beef and the seductive interplay between meat and fat. Other classic favorites include the Homemade Spaghetti w/ Duck Breast & Liver Sauce. This is a heady mix of chewy pasta swimming in a complex and savory sauce that defies all expectations. We also recommend the luxurious Ravioli with Porcini Mushrooms in Truffle Sauce. For dessert be sure to order the Gluten Free Chocolate Fondant Cake w/Vanilla Ice Cream in Coconut Crisp & Fresh Fig. It has a unique texture and richness that leaves you feeling like you've truly indulged in something wonderfully sinful.
Insider Insight: Without a doubt this is one of our favorite Italian restaurants. Part of the charm of La Bottega Di Luca is the charismatic chef and proprietor Luca Appino who goes out of his way to see that every guest feels like a VIP. You will find great service, reasonable prices and a wine list that is exceptional. Two people can enjoy a satisfying meal for under 2000 Baht without wine and they are open daily for lunch and dinner. This cozy eatery is a must try for those who crave the simplicity of homemade and handcrafted Italian cuisine.