Whenever I’m in Udon Thani city I like to make the most of the occasion by treating myself to some of the kinds of cuisine which are only a dream when I’m staying in a Thai rural village. Pappagallo Pizza is rated as one of the best restaurants in Udon Thani but one I’d never visited before and so with a camera in one hand, and a cornetto in the other, I decided to sample a piz-za real Italian cuisine by checking out Pappagallo’s Pizza Italian Restaurant.
This was my first taste of true Italian food in Udon Thani and I wasn’t sure whether to hail down a taxi or find a retired expat gondolier with a motorized three-wheel gondola. Instead I whistled up Wonderful Wi and we headed off to sample a slice or two of Italy in dear old Udon Thani.
Pappagallo Pizza Italian Restaurant is on Udon Dutsadi Road, a short gondola ride from Udon Thani’s Nong Prajak Park and less than an Italo Dance tune from the city’s CAT International Telephone Office. Dress code is footloose and fancy-free but like anywhere else in Thailand make sure you bring your wallet. Not that you need too much in it because Pappagallo Pizza has a very reasonably priced menu. The restaurant opens seven days a week from 11 am to 11 pm and sits with a striking Mediterranean street café likeness on Udon Dutsadi Road among the more traditional and antiquated looking Thai shops and businesses.
The restaurant is clean and pristine and its decor employs a light colour scheme against dark wood tables and light teak coloured seating and enough wall pictures to blow a paparazzi photographer’s flash bulb. The picture stills and wall gewgaw are also a pleasant distraction while you await your food. We visited Pappagallo Pizza late afternoon and my hunch that our arrival would be at a quieter time of day turned out to be right as the restaurant was in a period of quiet siesta.
Pappagallo’s speciality is obviously pizza but the menu has more than a crust base and Mozzarella cheese to it. There’s lasagne, spaghetti and macaroni to keep the Italian flag flying, sizzling steaks for homesick western souls and a good range of Thai dishes too. Main orders are prepared in Pappagallo’s in-house kitchen by Italian chef and restaurant owner Elio and there is a popular takeaway and home delivery service (40 baht surcharge) as well. You can also mix and match your pizza toppings and Pappagallo Pizza’s drinks list includes coffee, soft drinks, beer, spirits and Italian wine.
We ordered a takeaway 12-inch Seafood Pizza and the service was prompt and the staff very friendly. Our giant seafood pizza was topped with shellfish (Thai: Hoy) and tasted absolutely delicious but here’s a word of warning for those of you whose Thai language skills are still rooted leaden-footed on home base.
If you intend ordering extra shellfish as a topping then be careful if you use the Thai word hoy. It is also a slang word for a very private part of a woman’s anatomy. Make sure your pronunciation is correct or use the English words shellfish or mussels…. otherwise the waitress might flex her muscles in front of you.
Here’s the range and price list for Pappagallo’s pizzas:
- Pizza Vegetarian 150 baht
- Pizza Hawaii 160
- Pizza Seafood 170
- Pizza Tuna 150
- Pizza Pepperoni Sausage 160
- Pizza Margherita 150
- Pizza Devil Diavola 150
- Pizza Parma Ham 180
- Pizza Napoli Anchovies 150.
My overall impression of Pappagallo Pizza Italian Restaurant was that the oven-baked pizza we bought was tasty and excellent value and I’ll be returning there again in the future. The staff was polite and pleasant and the restaurant’s appearance is a fine balance of modern meets mediocrity. A first class, well run business and an asset to Udon Thani’s expat and Thai community and its tourist sector too.
If you are planning to visit Udon Thani then I can recommend Pappagallo Pizza restaurant as an excellent choice of where to eat in Udon Thani. Directions to the restaurant are shown on the map below, and for those who wish to order home delivery food (within city limits) here are the telephone details:
Papppagallo Pizza Italian Restaurant: Tel 0836773816 & 0846026468
Map source udonmap.com
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