Like the brilliant Padella in London, La Dotta specialises in pasta and there is little else on the menu, but thankfully, as with Padella, the pasta is so delicious that this is a good thing!
Tucked away just inside Thonglor Soi 9, I was immediately struck by how beautiful the shop front was, something that carries through into the clean, bright and stylish interiors.
Set over 2 floors, the ground floor is home to both a window side counter perfect for solo diners or couples, as well as a kitchen counter top where you can observe the chefs in action, whilst the upper level seats around 20 making it perfect for larger groups who may not be happy sat at a bar.
The menu offers a selection of both homemade and top quality dried pasta, sourced from different companies such as “Rustichella d’Abruzzo” and “Rummo” depending on product range and quality, paired with the perfect sauce accompaniment.
Guests can choose from dishes such as “Pici ” a homemade pasta with 5 hour braised duck ragu, 5 spice & Pecorino Romano, “Cime de Rapa” a vegan pasta from Puglia with turnip greens, chilli and walnuts and classics such as “Carbonara” made the traditional Roman way with guanciale and “Amatriciana” made with tomatoes that have been left to simmer for 4 hours before the guanciale has been added.
Seasonal specials also included a seriously tempting Tagliolini with Summer Black Truffle and a 24 hour cooked Wagyu Bolognese with Tagliatelle but in the end I was won over by the insanely good value set lunch menu at 290 THB ($9) for 2 courses or 370 THB ($11) for 3 courses.
I started with a portion of deep fried Sage, Ricotta and Truffle balls which were served attractively on a brown paper bag on terracotta (perfect for Instagram!) and followed with the Amatriciana, offered with a choice off Bucatini or Rigatoni.
The Sage, Ricotta & Truffle Balls were delicious, and perfectly portioned for lunch and I would definitely order them again, on a return visit, with a little aperitif perhaps!
The Amatriciana was also a huge success. Simple dishes like this are really where the quality of the ingredients used become very apparent and La Dotta certainly don’t seem to be making any compromises where quality is concerned. The guanciale lardons were gorgeous and crispy, the wonderful saltiness added little “pops” of flavour to the sweet tomato sauce, as did the generous dusting of Pecorino!
With a glass of wine and an espresso my bill came to 790 THB, just under $24, which is great value for a restaurant like this in Bangkok, especially when you remember that you can have 2 courses and a soft drink for less than half of this.
In a City that is not short of great Italian Restaurants, I love how La Dotta are doing something different, and really succeeding.
Lunch was absolutely packed as a result of the amazing value set lunch and I would be keen to return again, in the evening, with friends to as be sure to share a few more dishes. *Service isn’t included on the bills so don’t forget to leave a tip!
161/6 Thong Lo 9 Road, North Klongtan, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
+66 2 392 8688
Open Daily, Tuesday – Sunday 11:30-14:30/17:30-23:00