Whilst it’s effortless to dine like an Italian in Bangkok thanks to the city’s extensive selection of Italian restaurants, having Italian fare in a unique environment – we are talking no stone walls and red tablecloths – is not that common to see.

MiO Food & Art

So one look at MiO Food & Art might raise the question “is it a showroom or is it a restaurant?” Well, it is both; Thonglor’s Roman eatery is a new all-purpose dining destination that serves sumptuous yet humble Italian fare in an artsy showroom-like setting.

So foodies, dining here might make you feel as though you’re shopping for food and home pieces in IKEA, except the food you get here is fine-dining quality.

Following his tenure at Anantara Riverside, Chef Antonio Facchinetti is now running the kitchen here with his selection of approachable Italian dishes like seasonal salads, hand-crafted pasta tossed in house-made sauces and cheese platters.

Recently, we got a chance to check out the space and tried some of the best dishes MiO Food & Art has to offer. Here’s a list of the must-tries you need to order.

Selection Cold Cuts la Mora Romagnola with Condiments (THB 890)

The Italians sure know how to give appetizers the respect they deserve. For this dish, the freshly-sliced cold cuts like marbled Parma ham and fat-flecked salami are served beautifully on a plate. It’s the simplest dish that is – if we do say so ourselves – the most honest.

Imported Burrata, Vine Tomatoes and Culatello (THB 420)

This is guaranteed to be different from your regular caprese. Like stars, a medley of tomatoes are dotted on the plate, hugging the moon-like burrata that yields the contrast ooey creaminess to other ingredients on the dish. With the additions of Parma ham ribbons and basil, the dish sure is packed with umami flavours.

Octopus Ink Paccheri (THB 490)

When it comes to comfort meals,  MiO Food & Art totally nails it. And this Octopus Ink Paccheri is delectable proof of that statement. The chubby tube-like pasta catches every bit of the sauce, making it the perfect, juicy yet carby counterpart to the thick-cut, chewy squid that has been sautéed in the bright tomato sauce.

Costata – Prime Rib 500 g (THB 1,400)

In true Italian fashion, the Tuscan-originated steak, Costata, uses tomahawk rib. But at MiO Food & Art, Chef Antonio goes local by using the prime, organic cuts of black Angus boneless prime rib from Thailand-raised cows – which is a product from an Italian farmer who manages a small, self-sustainable farm in Isaan. His cattle are raised in an open field, having access to fresh air and grass so diners are guaranteed to be gorging on the best quality meat when ordering the Costata here. The steak is seasoned simply with salt and pepper before cooked to medium-rare perfection on a live fire. It’s uber meatiness served on a plate without fail.

Classic Tiramisu (THB 240)

Chef Antonio’s Tiramisu is a cheese-and-coffee concoction presented in a plant pot – customisable as you can choose the colour of the pot. Though the presentation appears to be a bit unusual, the taste of his tiramisu stays true to the Italian original version, with the bitterness from the coffee cut by the sweetness of the mascarpone cream.

MiO Food & Art, MiO Food & Art, Alcove 155 Sukhumvit Road. Soi 53, Bangkok, +662 258 5516
Open: Mon-Fri, 11:30 am-11 pm; Sat-Sun, 9:30 am-11 pm.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.