It’s the Pasta Pasta Restaurant, nestled at the Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel, which guarantees nothing but ‘Original Italian Cuisine’, which also happens to be their slogan.
What makes Pasta Pasta THE Italian restaurant is that it has it all: the food, the wine, the vibe, the price and the service.
The menu comprises 10 savory chapters, plus the Chef’s Recommendation and the Chef’s Special, which features appetizers, soups, salads, first courses, filled pasta, Italian rice (Risotto), main course of fish, main course of meat, pizza and dessert.
The most impressive dish of all falls in the fifth menu group: the Ravioli filled with Beef in Truffle sauce is by far the best Italian dish we’ve ever tasted in our lives and we’re not exaggerating! The truffle sauce itself is what makes it so delightful. This naturally grown truffle is a very rare mushroom costing over 300,000 baht per kilo, and despite the cost, Chef Claudio Viale, the mastermind behind Pasta Pasta, is not afraid to throw them into the dish.
However, if you want to go for a full five-course meal, the best way is to start off with their Rocket salad with prawns and shitake mushrooms in olive oil and balsamic dressing. What makes their simple rocket salad so exquisite are their home grown vegetables. The Ambassador City Jomtien has their very own farm of over 1,000 rai growing hydroponic vegetables which are handpicked daily.
After that you should continue your pace with one their half gas-half wooden baked pizzas. One of Chef Claudio’s special pizzas is the one with mushrooms, prawns (fresh king prawns), sun dried tomatoes and smoked scamorza cheese spread out over tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese. Of course their dough is hot and crisp with just the right amount of cheese and herbs to give off the sensational taste in your mouth and the astounding herb aroma that you can never forget.
Another dish that deserves a special mention is their fresh salmon in white wine sauce with cherry tomatoes and black olives. The chef skillfully cooked the salmon just right so that it was simply perfect while embellishing the plate with carrots and a bed of cooked spinach.
Before concluding your meal, it is recommended to order at least one of their creatively-crafted desserts like the Tiramisu, traditionally known as the “wake me up” dessert”. Chef Claudio confirms that their Tiramisu is made from a real Italian recipe with distinct ingredients of Italian espresso and ladyfingers.
Apart from the noteworthy selections mentioned, there are about 70 more dishes on the menu that can surely gratify anyone’s taste. Ingredients used in their meals are imported from Italy including the dough, the cheese, the salami and the oil, just to name a few. There is something for the vegetarians and simple meals for the children. Their menu presents descriptions in four languages: Italian, English, Russian and Thai.
Rocket salad made from home grown hydroponic vegetables.
Ravioli filled with beef in truffle sauce is a must.
Fresh salmon in white wine sauce with cherry tomatoes and black olives.
The best way to finish off your meal is with their Tiramisu dessert made with real Italian ingredients.
What is Italian food without some great-tasting wine, right? Well, Pasta Pasta has a walk-in wine cellar. They offer red, white and sparkling wines from Italy, France and Australia with a price ranging from 800 baht to 100,000 baht per bottle. A smooth red house wine recommended by Chef Claudio is MandraRossa Nero d'Avola from Sicily at just 250 baht per glass.
No Italian food is complete with a few glasses of wine, their house red is recommended.
A glimpse of their wine cellar.
Located in the area of the worlds ‘largest resort complex’, the Ambassador City Jomtien, Pasta Pasta is a romantically lit dining space that is kept intimate and elegant. Every table is beautifully decorated and separated from adjoining tables resulting in just the right amount of privacy. There is air-conditioned seating inside as well open-air dining outside. The outside is perfect for those who want to dine while watching the sun set over Jomtien Ocean.
In front of Pasta Pasta on a rainy evening.
Pasta Pasta main courses average around 300 baht which is probably higher than most Italian Restaurants in Pattaya. However, having dined here, we have come to realize that the quality that one can experience in this restaurant does justify its prices. Another important fact that we like about Pasta Pasta is that their menu tells you the actually price with VAT and the service charge already included, so you are not taken aback for when the bill comes.
Chef Claudio unquestionably deserves every bit of recognition, not only for his one-of-a-kind creation of original dishes; he should also be applauded for the fine dining standards he has initiated and maintained in this meritorious Italian restaurant. The fine service offered by the staff has Mr. Prayoon Chaitosa, Food & Beverage Director of the Ambassador City Jomtien Hotel to thank. He trains his staff well and in turn they offer the best and friendliest service in a very professional manner.
Pasta Pasta is just a short drive along Sukhumvit Road from Pattaya City. They are open from 11.30am-11pm every day. For reservations call 038 255 501-40.
The ever-so-friendly and gifted Chef Claudio Viale proudly holding one his Chef’s special pizza.
Pasta Pastas' half gas-half wooden oven.