400m from Chalong roundabout to Rawai
Open time: Open from 12noon-10pm
Resevation: Tel: 0 7638 4686FB.com/rossovivoristoranteitaliano
Authentic Italian cuisine and Pizzeria at reasonable prices, in beautiful surroundings, indoor with air conditioning and open outdoor with sofas and tables. Mario Rossi is the owner/chef.
Two things often underrated when it a choice of covered alfresco dining or inside with air-conditioning, we chose the latter.
We took our time to unwind, sipping a settling Mojito (actually two!) while we perused the impressive Italian menu – so much choice! After a chat with the restaurant owner, Mario Rossi, we decided to follow his recommendations to start with Burrasca di Mare, a mixed platter for two with an assortment of six small starters, much the same as tapas, comprising warm octopus salad, cubed potato with a parsley garnish, squid stuffed with mascarpone and spinach in clams, fish carpaccio, fish in puff pastry, eggplant parmigiana, mussels with a savoury bread topping. It was a great way to sample a variety of exquisite tastes without overindulging.
Next, we went for a mixed plate main course with the Tris Pasta Fresco Della Casa (gnocchi with rabbit meat sauce, ravioli with squid stuffed with crustaceans in a butter truffle sauce and fettuccini with mushroom and finely sliced smoked ham in a cream reduction). Another tantalising combination of subtle and delightfully prepared flavours.
We chose the very palatable, light-bodied Merlot house red wine to accompany our main course and rounded off the evening with Crème caramel and Crème brûlée, followed by a Cappuccino, a double Espresso and a pair of zingy Limoncellos – one of my favourite digestifs.
Rossovivo is very much Italian with an Italian chef and attentive Thai waitresses who, in most cases, speak adequate Italian. The restaurant is spacious, with vibrant red and white décor and well-spaced seating, along with added privacy screens breaking up the restaurant into more private alcoves. There are also lounge type seating areas towards the back of the restaurant.
The menu and drinks selection were inventive and extensive, with meals to suit all tastes and wallets from a simple wood fired pizza to a linguine pasta with imported Canadian lobster.
As luck would have it, after saying our farewells to the staff and driving off, the skies opened once again with a heavy downpour – excellent dining and perfect timing made for a very pleasant evening.