Starting out as humble food truck, Pizza Massilia transformed into a standalone pizzeria along Ruam Rudee last year, further captivating the city’s pizza lovers and heating up competition with rival restaurant Peppina. Now, the Italian eatery ups the ante by opening a new branch on Soi Sukhumvit 49.
The new Massilia stands in the space that once housed Smith restaurant. Smith’s wood-heavy, uber-industrial interiors have been replaced with more elaborate touches put in by restaurateur Frederic Meyer, including dramatic blue wallpaper and Rococo-style decor, e.g. antler chandeliers. The over-the-top elements are toned down by potted palm trees and sophisticated pastel-colored furniture.
As in the Ruam Rudee headquarters, chef Luca Appino of La Bottega di Luca and Il Fumo, together with Napoli-born chef Luca D’Amora, deliver Massilia’s signature Neapolitan-style pizzas. The dough is specially made from organic flour sourced from Italian producer Mulino Marino, and yields a tender yet crispy crust that elevates simple flavors like the classic Margherita (B290). The crust also makes for a good base for heartier pizzas topped with exotic ingredients like raw Mazara red prawns from Sicily and milky squacquerone cheese (B990).
Pair your pizza with a refreshing salad of spinach and crunchy Chanterelle mushrooms (B440) or Massilia’s version of French onion soup, which comes in a lighter texture and fancier presentation (B240). Big eaters can follow up their crispy-thin slices with the Fritto Misto (B990), a delightful dish that features succulent red prawns, moist sea bass and naturally sweet figs.
For those who miss the charm of the original mobile Massilia, the team behind the pizzeria is planning to revive the food truck at its old location at MK Gold restaurant parking lot on Sala Daeng in December.