The ovens are all fired up at the latest branch in Central Embassy’s grand Open House
POPULAR ITALIAN restaurant Peppina has joined the dynamic dining scene at Central Embassy’s Open House, the new hangout where folks are eating, working, reading, studying and just plain loafing.
Peppina, which touts “true Neapolitan cuisine”, has outlets on Sukhumvit Soi 33 and at the Commons on Soi Thonglor and Crystal Park in Bangkok and at the Blu Port mall in Hua Hin.
Among the soaring ceilings and huge glass panels of the 7,000-square-metre Open House “co-living space”, Peppina has nestled in with the bookshop, art gallery, design shop, kids’ playground, Diplomat Screens cinema and other restaurants and cafes.
With a dozen eateries offering all sorts of culinary delights, the 120-seat Peppina stands out for its industrial-chic d้cor of varnished concrete and tables built of rock with steel frames. Comfy yellow sofas add a playful touch. Diners can watch the pizza chefs preparing the dough in the vast kitchen and firing it in a shiny-tiled dome oven.
Peppina is known for its Neapolitan pizza with a crust that’s neither thin nor brittle but soft and slightly elastic. Crisp only around the edges, it’s made with dough of filtered water, flour, sea salt and yeast and is given at least 12 hours to rise. The result is looser gluten and a lighter, more easily digested pizza.
“The sea salt, flour, cheese and even the pizza oven are imported from Naples,” says Manas Naksamrith, one of the chefs. “The food might look simple, and it doesn’t beg to be photographed, but we put a lot of care into making it taste fantastic.”
The Truffle Pizza (Bt580) has the pleasant aroma of the black truffle that’s chopped up on top alongside taleggio and mozzarella cheese. The Star Pizza is pretty interesting, taking its name from the star shape and decorated with San Marzano tomatoes, ricotta cheese, pesto and the spicy pork cold cuts known as ’nduja.
Linguine Pasta with Crabmeat
The pasta dishes are equally tempting with their use of whole lobster, crabmeat, ragout of pork cheek and spicy salami. The Linguine Pasta with Crabmeat (Bt540) is a terrific choice, with the perfectly cooked pasta meeting Neapolitan piennulo tomatoes, anchovies, garlic, chilli, basil, rocket leaves and olive oil.
Burrata Cheese and Mixed Leaves Salad
The Burrata Cheese and Mixed Leaves Salad (Bt410 to Bt590) are dressed with honeyed red vinegar. The cheese has an unusual soft texture and rich, buttery flavour and retains its milky freshness.
Italian Sodas come in multiple styles.
Cool off from the summer heat with an Italian Soda of many varied colours (Bt110). The selection includes Bitter & Blood Orange, Raspberry & Lime, Passion Fruit & Lime, and Blueberry & Lime.
And, to end the meal, there are classic sweet treats like Passion Fruit Panna Cotta (Bt230), Tiramisu (also Bt230), Warm Ricotta and Barley Tart (Bt200) and Lemon Tart (Bt230).
POP IN FOR THE PASTA
Peppina at Open House on the sixth floor of Central Embassy is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 to 10 and Friday and Saturday until midnight.
Call (02) 160 5677 or visit www.PeppinaBkk.com.