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July issue ‘Italian’, 2023 

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Brace yourselves, because we’re about to mention pizza a whole lot on this page.

Every year, an Italian organisation known as 50 Top Pizza ranks pizzerias all over the world to determine the 50 best, regionally and globally. The Asia-Pacific rankings for 2023 were announced at the end of May, crowning the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s The Pizza Bar on 38th in the top spot for the region. Bottega in Beijing and Tokyo’s Pizzeria da Peppe Napoli Sta’ Ca” took second and third ranks, respectively. 

Two Bangkok-based pizzerias made the top 10 of the Asia-Pacific list this year: Ruamrudee’s Pizza Massilia at 8th place and Ekkamai’s Pizzeria Mazzie at 9th. 

“Being named No. 8 in 50 Top Pizza and the Top Pizzeria in Thailand this year is a great honour,” says Luca Terra of Pizza Massilia. “This award is really for all of our guests, friends, and partners who support us and all of our team, who work every day to bring real Italian pizza to Bangkok.” Founded in 2015 and bringing Chef Michele Fernando on board in 2017, Massilia makes its authentic pizzas with quality Italian ingredients, including the flour for the dough and cheeses such as Neapolitan mozzarella Fior di Latte or Puglian Burrata di Andria.

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Neck and neck with Massilia and moved up a rank from last year, Pizzeria Mazzie, too, is extremely grateful for the continued recognition by the world’s preeminent pizza award organisation. “To be ranked No. 9 in Asia-Pacific is an incredible achievement given the sheer number of pizzerias within APAC,” says Mazzie’s Jon Spearman. “Our philosophy of using only natural levain to create our dough and using a traditional wood-fired oven has given us a voice to help emphasise the importance and gastronomic respect for pizza that is long overdue.”

The top 15 pizzerias from the region, which includes contenders from Japan, China, Australia, UAE, New Zealand, Thailand, and the Philippines, are eligible to be ranked in the final, global list, which will be announced later this year in September at an event in Naples, Italy. Last year, two Bangkok- based pizzerias made the global 50 list: Peppina and Pizza Massilia.

In total, Thailand appeared five times on this year’s Asia-Pacific pizza rankings. Besides Pizza Massilia and Pizzeria Mazzie, L’OLIVA Bangkok—which was singled out for its outstanding wine list—came in at the 29th spot, while two Phuket establishments, Marni and Five Olives, ranked 36th and 40th, respectively.

So, if you’re craving the savoury Italian pie any time soon and in need of a pizzeria suggestion, why not try one of these 50 Top Pizza-recognised restaurants in Thailand?

Pizza out.

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