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Review: Don Giovanni: A Symphony of Italian Elegance and Culinary Artistry

In the heart of Bangkok, a city renowned for its vibrant culinary scene, Don Giovanni stands as a testament to the timeless allure of Italian cuisine. Located in the regal Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok Hotel, Don Giovanni is a sanctuary of gastronomic excellence, offering a journey through the rich tapestry of Italian flavors, all within a setting reminiscent of a traditional Italian trattoria.

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A Homely Ambiance with a Touch of Elegance

The ambiance at Don Giovanni is a harmonious blend of warmth and sophistication. The restaurant’s interior, adorned with marble floors in a black-and-white checkerboard pattern and wooden walls lined with beautiful frescoes, transports diners to the medieval period of Italy. The entrance, elegantly decked with mosaic mirror tiles, beckons passersby into a world where culinary dreams come to life. The sleek grand piano, the clean white tablecloths, and the splendid eating utensils all contribute to an atmosphere of refined elegance.

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"Don Giovanni offers a culinary journey that is both authentic and innovative.”

A Culinary Maestro: Chef Stefano Zaninelli

At the helm of Don Giovanni’s kitchen is Chef Stefano Zaninelli, a culinary maestro with over 30 years of experience. Hailing from a small town near Milan, renowned for its culinary delights and famous risotto rice, Chef Stefano’s passion for cooking was ignited early on. His culinary journey has seen him mastering the art of Italian cuisine in Europe and the Middle East before gracing the kitchens of Thailand.

Chef Stefano’s creations are a symphony of traditional Italian flavors and authentic recipes. His focus on using the freshest and finest ingredients, coupled with modern plating techniques, ensures that every dish is a visual and gastronomic masterpiece. Signature offerings such as Don Giovanni’s Caesar Salad, homemade pastas, pan-roasted beef tenderloin, and a delicious grilled seafood platter showcase his commitment to culinary excellence.

A Journey Through Italian Flavors

Don Giovanni offers a culinary journey that is both authentic and innovative. The menu, inspired by regional Italian home-style recipes, features a plethora of dishes that cater to diverse palates. The pasta, handmade with love and care, is a must-try, with options like Beetroot lobster tortellini in a homemade lobster butter sauce and Homemade tagliatelle with truffle and roasted scallops standing out as stellar choices.

The pizzas at Don Giovanni are a celebration of simplicity and flavor. The Pizza Don Giovanni, featuring parma ham, gorgonzola, mushrooms, tomato, and mozzarella, is a testament to the beauty of pared-down Italian cuisine. The thin, crisp crust, coupled with the luscious sauce, creates a harmonious blend of textures and flavors.

For those seeking a taste of the sea, the seafood dishes are impeccable. The Pan-roasted sea bream with potatoes crust,
mint and tomato sauce or Roasted Halibut, mussels saffron reduction are culinary gems that showcase the restaurant’s dexterity in handling seafood.

Our experience at don giovanni – A SYMPHONY OF FLAVOR BEGINS

Our journey commenced with freshly baked bread, a staple of Italian culinary tradition, served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The simplicity of this starter was a beautiful prelude to the symphony of flavors that awaited us. The first dish to grace our table was the Gamberoni all’olio di Camellia oleifera e insalata d’arance e rucola—Camellia oil with roasted prawns, rocket, and orange salad. The interplay of sweetness, acidity, and saltiness in this dish was outstanding, creating a melody of flavors that danced on our palates.

Next, we were treated to the Crema di porcini e tartufi estivi, a porcini mushroom and summer truffle cream soup. The creaminess of the soup was unparalleled, and the subtle hint of truffle lingering in the background left an amazing taste in our mouths, making each spoonful a luxurious experience.

Our journey continued with the Risotto di mare con coda d’aragostina, a seafood risotto adorned with a seared lobster tail. The risotto, cooked to perfection, was a harmonious blend of the sea’s freshness and the earthy richness of the Arborio rice. The lobster tail, seared to perfection, added a layer of indulgence to the dish, making it a symphonic serenade of the sea.

The culinary concert progressed with the Tagliata di manzo rucola, grana, olio al tartufo—Grilled Australian strip loin “Tagliata” with rocket, parmesan cheese, truffle, and balsamic reduction. The meat, cooked to succulent perfection, was a melody of robust flavors, enhanced by the sharpness of the parmesan and the earthiness of the truffle. The balsamic reduction added a sweet and tangy note, making the dish a symphonic celebration of textures and flavors.

Our next dish was the Mezze lune ai tartufi e patate. A dish that epitomizes culinary elegance and intricate flavors. This delicacy consists of half-moon ravioli, meticulously filled with a harmonious blend of potatoes and truffle, creating a symphony of earthy richness. The addition of scallops introduces a touch of the sea’s freshness, complementing the robustness of the truffle. The dish is brought together by a cheese and sage sauce, adding a creamy and aromatic dimension, making each bite a luxurious dance of textures and flavors. 

Our gastronomic journey concluded on a sweet note with a vanilla panna cotta. This dessert was a delightful dance of sweet and sour flavors, with each bite revealing the decadence of Italy. Served with fresh berries, the panna cotta was a testament to the culinary dexterity of Don Giovanni. It was, without a doubt, one of the best panna cottas we have ever tasted, a sweet finale to our Italian symphony.

An Award-Winning Dining Experience

Don Giovanni’s commitment to providing an unparalleled dining experience has earned it the title of “Thailand’s Best Restaurant” for four consecutive years by Thailand Tatler. The restaurant’s reputation as a favorite among business and political leaders is a testament to its consistent excellence. 

Conclusion: A Culinary Ode to Italian Elegance

Don Giovanni is not just a restaurant; it is a destination for those seeking a journey through the rich and diverse landscape of Italian cuisine. It is a place where culinary artistry meets traditional flavors, where every dish is a melody of taste and texture. The warm, cozy setting, the exquisite cuisine, and the impeccable service make Don Giovanni a beacon of Italian gastronomy in the city of Bangkok.

Whether you are a seasoned gastronome or a lover of authentic Italian cuisine, Don Giovanni offers a truly remarkable journey that will leave your taste buds tingling and your heart yearning for more. From the moment you step into this charming Italian trattoria, you are not just a diner; you are a cherished guest embarking on a culinary adventure that resonates with the elegance and passion of Mozart’s most famous opera, Don Giovanni.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact 02-5411234 #4169-40 or E-mail at [email protected]


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Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok
1695 Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak,
Bangkok 10900, Thailand

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