Gourmet Food At Its Best Sumptuous Italian Dining at Prego
Newly redesigned and completely refurbished, Prego combines warm contemporary architecture with a friendly, convivial atmosphere. There’s a small, intimate bar at the front, great for cocktails or long drinks, and comfy seating while you’re dining. Staff are extremely friendly and make this exactly the sort of place you’d find in Italy, where families and friends gather for great-tasting food.
Prego is in the hands of an Italian chef, Marco Boscaini, who has been here since the restaurant first opened in 2003. As such, he knows exactly what his guests like and he has gone to inordinate lengths to please them. Using the best ingredients, mostly imported from Italy, he offers the kind of sumptuous treats you’d expect of a top-notch chef – but here’s the surprise – they’re all totally affordable. Many guests expect to be paying a lot more until they take a look at the menu and the prices. The restaurant is therefore popular with not just holidaymakers but also island residents and is well-known throughout Samui.
The menu, in both Italian and English, reads just like one that you’d find in Italy; there are all the popular dishes as well as those that the chef’s chosen that may not be quite so familiar. You’ll find a whole range of pizzas, for example, and you can even build your own, choosing a sauce and four toppings or more. There are just over 40 combinations! You can then watch your pizza being deftly cooked in the beautiful pizza oven, just to one side of the restaurant. It’s here all the side dishes are prepared, too, and you may see marinated vegetables being grilled or spinach and scamorza being baked.
The menu lists a whole array of delectable goodies from starters to soup, pasta and risotto dishes, fish and meat main courses and desserts.
For starters, the burrata on marinated tomato is highly recommended, followed perhaps with a roasted lamb ragu with saffron pappardelle and porcini mushrooms. If you love meat, you’ll love the Angus beef sirloin or Australian tenderloin, while fish-lovers will appreciate a dish like the baked salmon fillet with baby spinach and lemon cream reduction.
You’ll need to hold back a little, though – just make sure you keep room for dessert, as they are magnificent here. There’s a range of Italian delights with Chef Marco’s tiramisu definitely topping the list – dessert aficionados will be wowed. Prego is definitely recommended if you’re hankering after wonderful Italian food in a fine but relaxed and casual setting.
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