Pizza Romana Pala
During my Bangkok time I’m staying at Reyan’s place. She has a cute little apartment in a residential compound in Long Thor and I love her building. First of all it has an amazing swimming pool that I’m trying to use as much as possible (to contrast the side effects of eating a lot of delicious food), and then at every floor there is a system of loggias, so that air breeze and sun light can circulate even ‘indoor’. Also, at the lobby they have a huge mirror – perfect to check everything is ok before hitting the city.
If you have been to Bangkok at least once in your life, you know that traffic is horrible here. So I’d rather walk to the closest subway – or better ‘sky-train’ – stop instead of sitting in a cab, even though most cabs here have air-con and a fruit air freshener and, above all, they are pink.
Moreover, walking around is the best way to enjoy the city, discover new shops, find the cafes serving the best-foamed cappuccino. As I walk with the camera in my hands, very often I end up taking pictures of people, buildings, street food. Once home, I look at them again and again, and it’s like having the same walk once more time.
The way Thai people fight the traffic has a three-letter name: BTS. It stands for Bangkok mass transit system and it is elevated from the city. The stations are elevated and constructed on three levels: the street level provides access to the station via escalators, the first level contains the ticket booths, some small kiosk-like shops and access-control gates and the second level contains the platforms and rails, and, given they are completely open, a very interesting view of the surroundings’ roofs is displayed in front of you while you wait for your train.
I was going to meet Dayu, dear friend of mine, Chinese foodie working in Bangkok. As every reader of Chiara’s Coffee Table knows by now, for me Saturday lunch means pizza. So Dayu and I followed the tradition and headed to Pizza Romana Pala, tiny pizza joint literally below Asok BTS station.
As well as serving pizza they also offer pasta, salads and home-style desserts. But they do place emphasis on imported goods like ham, cheese, salami. Their bar really looks like your typical neighbourhood deli shop.
Dayu and I ordered a rocket salad and a couple of different pizza slices. The good thing about pizza by slice (compared to the big round one) is that you get to try different options in the same meals. Amazing, isn’t it?
When I was in high school, Giorgio would walk me to the bus station everyday after classes. Right in front of the bus station there was a pizzeria and we would get a slice each now and then, while waiting for the bus to go home. That was kind-of-a-date for us! I guess I haven’t been eating pizza by slice since then – not such a memorable one at least. And it’s definitely the first time I see it abroad. I was so glad – I missed it.
Right by the cashier – exactly like in Italy – you can find a selection of products like chocolate Venchi, cookies, olive oil. All of them are imported from Italy and very high quality. My suggestion is when you go there you grab a couple of presents for your (Italian!) friends back home!
For the pizza-by-slice lunch I was delighted to wear:
Linen dress: ‘S Max Mara
Sandals: Di San Giacomo (via di Santa Dorotea, Roma)
Earrings: designed for me by Gianni Martinis
Ring: Carmen Chan
Wooden bangles: the Three Trees
Pictures were taken whit my brand new white Sony NEX-5T.[map id=”44″]