To all Italian lovers, we have a list of 5 finest Italian restaurants, where you can find the most amazing Italian cuisines while diving into the Italian feeling of delicate decor.
Website: http://pendolasco.vn/en (English, Vietnamese)
– Pendolasco 1: #87 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, HCMC
– Tel: (+84) 28 3821 8181
– Pendolasco 2: #36 Tong Huu Dinh Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC
– Tel: (+84) 28 6253 2828
Opening hours: 11:00am-10:00pm (Everyday)
Price range: 90,000 – 600,000VND
Pendolasco is one top of the list as this refined hidden germ offers the most quaint and cozy atmosphere for its diners while serving authentic Italian dishes. It has been the oldest Italian restaurant in Saigon so far, established in 1998, where the owner, chef, and managers are all Italian.
Fortunately, the staff members speak English fluently, are well-mannered and welcoming. The menu varies from fresh appetizers, pizzas cooked to perfection with incredible toppings, pasta, risotto and more delectable offerings based on traditional artisanal methods to a large list of international wine, as well as desserts and beverages.
2. La Bettola
Website: http://www.la-bettola.com/ (English)
https://www.facebook.com/labettolasaigon/ (English, Vietnamese)
Location #82 Xuan Thuy Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC
Opening hours: 10:00am-10:00pm (Everyday)
Tel: (+84) 28 3898 9600
Price range: 115,000 – 350,000VND
La Bettola is set in a lovely villa, neither too casual nor too classy, and it is a rare Italian restaurant in Saigon that stays so true to Italian taste. Customers can choose to dine either indoors or outdoors in a covered patio. The service staff is reported to be amazingly attentive and our lovely chef sometimes walks around, greet all customers and answers any questions to make sure everything is prepared to their liking while showing Italian hospitality.
He even revealed that the wood-fired oven was custom-made so that they could get just what they were looking for in the quality of pizza and bread. Needless to say, pizzas are fantastic, homemade pasta – lasagna, gnocchi, and ravioli – risotto as well as other various meat and fish are top-notch. The homemade mozzarella cheese is also really popular. There is a set lunch with 2 courses at 180,000VND and 3 courses at 290,000VND from Monday to Friday with different menu weekly.
3. Pasta Fresca
Website: http://www.la-bettola.com/ (English)
Address: #28 Thao Dien Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC
Opening hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:00pm-10:30pm (from Tuesday to Sunday)
Tel: (+84) 169 451 3422
Price range: 45,000 – 300,000VND
The restaurant is intimate yet photogenic with great care in the decorative details, as well as a lovely small garden, colorful tables, and great service. The whole menu including food and drinks is not extensive, as in its name, the restaurant specializes in pasta with ingredients chosen upon your preference: you pick a pasta style and a sauce style, then our cook here will make the dish right in front of you. This place is very popular and the number of tables is limited so it is best to book a table in advance.
4. La Hostaria
Website: http://www.hostariasaigon.com/ (English)
Address: #17B Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCMC
Opening hours: 11:00am-3:00pm, 6:00pm-11:30pm (Everyday)
Tel: (+84) 28 3823 1080
Price range: 200,000 – 600,000VND
La Hostaria is known for its a very wide and creative range of authentic ethnic Italian dishes, in addition to the traditional classics of soups, veal and fish dishes, risottos, pizzas, and kinds of pasta. The Italian wines are excellent and the staff is very considerate. The decor of La Hostaria stuns its diners right from the entrance, with the iconic Pulcinella on glass – a symbol of Napoli, reminiscing of southern Italy with traditional masquerade balls.
The interior design of the restaurant is warm and intimate with a sense of ancient Italian architectural style, most notably the colored glass paintings, the stone ceiling, and walls so even if it is midday, the place is still cool and airy. At that level of quality, the price remains quite reasonable. Most of La Hostaria’s guests are businessmen or guests coming from offices and buildings around Le Thanh Ton Street. It can be a bit busy at times but there is always room at the bar to have a drink while waiting for a table.
5. Ciao Bella
Location: 11, Dong Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Tel: +84 28 3822 3329
Opening hours: 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Price: from VND150,000 – 700,000
Last but not least, Ciao Bella is known not only for its unique and reasonably priced Italian cuisine, but also for its great atmosphere, truly one of Saigon’s gems. It offers fantastic fresh food and reliable and friendly staff. Ciao Bella’s menu features many signature dishes such as the “Posh Carbonara,” and it is the perfect venue for all occasions., Ciao Bella suits all needs.