Capannina Restaurante and Pizzeria in Kata
New Location, Same Fabulous Food
Capannina was established some 14 years ago and has become one of Phuket’s finest Italian restaurants and indeed has ascended to the status of a Phuket icon, both for the celebrity of its Chef and owner Mario Eleonori and for its peerless cuisine, comprehensive wine cellar,friendly atmosphere and highly acceptable pricing. Capannina was founded in 2001 in the heart of Kata at the end of a traffic-free walking soi based on Mario’s vision of creating a “little corner of Italy” with the flavors of typical Italian cuisine in a warm and informal atmosphere.
Just over a year ago, Mario moved his wonderful house of gastronomy further north along Beach Road Kata and also opened his own hotel the Capannina Inn, in which the restaurant is now housed.Mario says, “Our goal is to cook daily fresh ingredients imported from Italy. So don’t be surprised to find prosciutto di Parma aged 14 months or Parmigiano Reggiano aged for 36. We serve fresh home-made pasta made with flour imported from Italy, such as ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta, Tortelloni, potato Gnocchi, or Tagliatelle. Into every dish we dedicate time and passion in order to serve food that lives up to the finest Italian traditions.”
When you visit the new location, you’ll realize that a great many of the island’s savvy ex-pats and tourists have followed Mario over there and regularly patronize Capannina simply because it delivers the goods and at decent prices.
The restaurant’s pizzas are famous all over Phuket for their size. We ordered a Capannina pizza, with a topping of Parma ham, fresh tomatoes, rocket salad and parmesan and it was bulky enough for four people yet this was not even the large version! Again, the rocket salad was more than generous as was the buffalo mozzarella and tomato.
All the wines are selected personally without being influenced by fashion or trends, with the objective of serving the produce of the best Italian wineries at reasonable prices. There’s a choice of over 45 labels from all regions of Italy to satisfy even the most demanding palette. If you choose to buy the house wine by the glass you’ll be surprised by the generous portions and all the wine is stored in a climate controlled glass-fronted ‘cellar’.
Pizza is Mario’s first and ultimate passion and of course his oven is wood-fired and he even designed and built it himself. He offers a choice of more than 30 different pizzas and unforgettable “Calzoni”.Here the traditional versions are interpreted at the highest level as in the Pizza Capannina with Parma ham, flakes of parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes and rucola. Or try the fried calzone, or the pizza with bacon and taleggio.
Even when the rest of Kata is quiet, Capannina is always buzzing, so it’s absolutely worth tracking down the REAL Capannina and don’t settle for second best copycat restaurant nearby!!
30/9 Moo 2, Kata Rd., T.Karon, Muang, Phuket
Tel: +66 (0)76 284 318