Delectable flavours from Lake Como to the River of Kings

Executive chef Massimiliano Blasone showcases his unique style at Ciao Terrazza

The trattoria-style Italian restaurant, Ciao Terrazza, at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok host executive chef Massimiliano Blasone from Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como, as guest chef until Dec 15.

Chef Blasone’s cooking style is a blending Japanese elements with Italian fine dining. “Both kitchens work in the same way. In Japanese, as in Italian, you do not do much to the  products. You let the ingredients shine. My style of cooking is fresh, healthy and citrusy,” explains the chef. 

The special nine-course set menu showcases the cuisine style he is known for, with each dish served in a couple of bite-sized portions. “Our concept is ‘stuzzichini’, which is the Italian word for ‘tapas’ or small bites. You have a bit of fish crudo and a lot of salad. The dessert, though Italian, is light with custard and fruit,” adds chef Blasone. Each course adds to the harmony of the meal to create a symphony of flavours.  

The Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como, with its botanical park setting offers five-star lakefront splendour on the shores of Lake Como. L~aria, the resort’s fine dining restaurant, features floor-to-ceiling windows that allow inner and outer spaces to merge seamlessly. At L~aria executive chef Blasone takes a new approach to Italian dining by giving his dishes a sophisticated Japanese twist. 

However, chef Ciao Terrazza’s regular menu will also be available. To welcome the return of Bangkok’s pleasant weather riverfront Ciao Terrazza is open for dinner daily from 5-11pm. Call 02-659-9000 or visit

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