Cefalu Restaurant is a nice and unpretentious Italian restaurant located Soi Banzaan – the lane linking Sai Kor and Nanai roads right behind Jungceylon Shopping Mall – in the centre of Patong Beach. Managed by Duilio Lazzara, a long-established (since 1989) Sicilian restaurateur who has been running restaurants in Pattaya and Bangkok before moving to Phuket in 2010, where he opened his first Cefalu restaurant in Surin. The Cefalu Patong branch opened in December 2014.
Cefalu by Duilio in Patong is a cosy, open-sided, one-storey outlet located in the centre of a busy lane. The food prepared and served here is genuinely Italian, with some influences from southern Italy. You will find the usual suspects – pasta, pizza, bruschetta, and tiramisu – as well as a good choice of meat, fish, and seafood dishes well prepared by Chef Alessandro.
Part of and settled right next to Arya Boutique Room, a neat and clean guesthouse, Cefalu by Duilio Restaurant is stylish without being too ostentatious. With its wooden furnishing, red and white table cloths, a fountain in its central area, the pizza and bread oven in one corner, and a beautifully designed bar counter in the other, the restaurant has a real Italian touch - Thai-style.
Cefalu can comfortably host up to 60 guests. Soi Banzaan may be busy most of the time (particularly at rush hour), but the traffic noise doesn’t disturb dinners at all. Soft modern tunes rock the atmosphere without being too obtrusive.
A native of Cassino in the south of Italy, Chef Alessandro is a young and talented cook with 17 years of experience. Friendly and modest, he learned all the secrets of baking pizza dough in the pizza Mecca: Napoli. The restaurant is renowned for the quality of its cuisine as Alessandro has quite high standards. Most of his preparations are homemade with imported ingredients.
Regarding prices, Cefalu Restaurant is in the same league as most Patong Beach restaurants: pizzas are charged between 270 and 350 baht; traditional Italian minestrone at 270 baht; pasta dishes from 270 to 380 baht; meat and seafood dishes from 390 to 750 baht. The wine-list counts about 40 labels, most of them from Italy. Eight labels of excellent quality (four red and four white) are available ‘by the glass’ for a price between 200 and 260 baht.
Summing up, you can (almost) trust Cefalu by Duilio restaurant’s motto: “our food is so authentic, that by the time you finish your meal, you may end up speaking Italian!”
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30 – 23:30
- Location: in the central part of Soi Banzaan
- Tel: +66 (0)92 251 7849