Article Credit: Phuket Post 

DaVinci Ristorante & Pizzeria ( located at the BZenter on the road to Nai Harn Beach has rapidly established a reputation as a fine Italian eatery. The restaurant is set in a convivial inside/outside courtyard and offers friendly al fresco dining which is conducive to long meals with happy gatherings of family and friends, where children are welcomed and entertained, rather than just tolerated, and where lashings of reasonably-priced Italian wine often seems to get consumed complementing the fine Italian fare.

DaVinci is the brain child of Mark Norris and David Roberts plus their Italian partner Roberto with their talented chef John, who while currently being a Thai, cooks Italian food so well that you feel that he must have spent several previous incarnations as a large Italian mama in a bustling family kitchen overlooking the Bay of Naples.

However these successful entrepreneurs were not content to just rest on their laurels and so decided to take the next step and develop their large courtyard area into the nearest thing that Phuket can boast to a genuine Italian Piazza.

The town or village Piazza holds an almost mythical place in Italian social life, as the place to meet, greet, gossip, see and be seen with lovers, family members, business associates, friends and children. It is the hub of social life and brings together a convivial alchemy of fine food, wine and conversation in a time-honored ritual of sharing and enjoyment.

DaVinci’s owners have now launched their very own interpretation of this wonderful Italian concept by developing their own courtyard in southern Phuket to embrace a series of social meeting places, from a wine bar, to the original fine restaurant, a private function room, to a kiddies’ play area.

The DaVinci Piazza came to life with an extroverted and glittering launch party in October, 2009 and now this lovely slice of Italian-style social and gustatory delight is rapidly becoming the epicentre of good times and great food in the southern part of Phuket.

The restaurant itself, with its inside/outside dining options, is the centre piece of the Piazza and serves wholesome Italian fare, accompanied by a wine list boasting over 100 different wines from around the world and several selections served by the glass or carafe, or by the bottle ranging from 800 to over 4,000 baht. In addition there’s a broad selection of cocktails, beers and spirits, all at most reasonable prices.

The ambience is warm and welcoming with a stylist modern artistic design motif as befits an establishment named for the great Renaissance genius! All the menu’s ingredients are procured fresh daily from the local markets, the vegetables are hydroponically grown and all meals are beautifully prepared and served.

In fact adding to the style and fun of the DaVinci experience you will be pampered by a coterie of delightfully mini-skirted waitresses who bustle attentively around the courtyard taking care of their customers’ every whim.

The wood-fired oven produces a marvelous selection of thin crusted pizzas and it’s worth asking Mark or Alberto for their recommendations on any particular evening. In addition, all the restaurant’s breads are freshly baked in the oven, so that a simple starter like the house bruschetta oozing with extra virgin olive oil and a fresh tomato, garlic and olive topping, becomes an absolute “must” to try as the meal gets underway.

DaVinci Ristorante is famous for its various pasta dishes as well as main courses such as Australian beef, seafood and local white snapper. At the same time DaVinci offers a full menu of their signature thin crusted pizzas cooked in a traditional wood-fired oven.

The DaVinci Ristorante experience aims to be not just a meal, but rather an authentic evocation of an Italian Piazza complete with taste, style, conviviality, service and atmosphere.

DaVinci Ristorante and Pizzeria BZenter 28/46 Moo 1, Nai Harn, Phuket (Opposite the 7-11 on the road to Nai Harn Beach). For reservations call 076 289574 Mobile: 0805251400 E-mail:

Article Credit: Phuket Post

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