Best Restaurants in Udon Thani – Pappagallo Pizza Italian Restaurant
Whenever I’m in Udon Thani city, I like to make the most of the occasion by treating myself to a type of cuisine that’s only a dream when I’m staying in a rural Thai village. Pappagallo Pizza is rated as one of the best restaurants in Udon Thani. That said, one I had never visited before. So, with a camera in one hand, and a cornetto in the other, I decided to sample real Italian cuisine by checking out Pappagallo’s Pizza Italian Restaurant.
My trip to Pappagallo’s would be my first taste of authentic Italian food in Udon Thani. And I wasn’t sure whether to hail down a taxi or look for a retired expat gondolier hawking a three-wheel gondola. Instead, I telephoned my partner, 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 ten-minute 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’ll 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 among more traditional and old-fashioned looking Thai shops and businesses.
The restaurant is clean and pristine. The decor wrestles a light colour scheme against dark wood tables and light teak coloured seating. There’s also enough wall pictures to blow a paparazzi photographer’s flashbulb. The picture stills and wall gewgaw are a pleasant pastime 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. The restaurant was in a period of peaceful siesta.
Pappagallo’s speciality is 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 an Italian chef and restaurant owner Elio. There is a takeaway and home delivery service (40 baht surcharge) as well. You can 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 delicious.
A Tongue Twister – Pappagallo Pizza Prices
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 were polite and pleasant, and the restaurant’s appearance is a delicate 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.
Summary & Map
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. View directions to the restaurant on the map below. Those who wish to order home delivery (within city limits) view the telephone details:
Papppagallo Pizza Italian Restaurant: Tel 0836773816 & 0846026468