La Dotta Pasta Bar & Store Bangkok - Why We Love It
La Dotta translates as 'The Wise One', a name for the city of Bologna. The pasta bar is the child of foodie entrepreneur duo Choti and Debby Leenutaphong, the husband and wife team behind Vesper and Il Fumo. Their wish is to serve up handcrafted quality pasta the exact way it's done in Italy. And they have succeeded.
It's a small yet cosy venue spread over two floors which is easy to spot for its vibrant aquamarine exterior. The main dining area is on the mezzanine and booking only. However, they keep 12 seats downstairs for walk-ins to compensate.
The team currently creating the artisanal pasta dishes at La Dotta are Italian Chef Francesco Deiana of Vesper and chef Nelson Amorim of il Fumo. They've worked hard to make high quality yet affordable dishes. All pasta is made with 100% Italian flour and organic duck eggs. It's nice to see there are also gluten-free options.
There is a level of authenticity in how each dish should be prepared with a touch of creative flair. The Tagliatelle Bolognese is served with 24-hour slow-cooked wagyu beef and Parmigiano Reggiano. Whilst the Roman-style Carbonara is cooked alongside cured pork cheek and Pecorino Romano. Alongside the main courses are a selection of Italian starters. 24-month aged truffle, sage, and ricotta deep-fried balls are deliciously moreish and the burrata salad with honey, balsamico, and baby spinach is simple yet perfect.
What to order at La Dotta Pasta Bar & Store Bangkok
The allo scoglio with prawn and calamari is a must-try for the exclusive flavours and ingredients. Truffle, sage & ricotta deep-fried balls served aged Parmigiano Reggiano fondue & slices of Italian black truffle are also divine.