Originally a food for the poor of Italy, the Neapolitans gave pizza some much-required pizzazz. The results so impressed Queen Margherita, that she endorsed the dish that now bears her name. Legend has it that Marzano tomatoes originate from the small town of San Marzano Sul Sarno, near Naples, Italy. They started growing here in the lush volcanic soil beneath Mount Vesuvius, after a gift of seeds from the Viceroyalty of Peru. The true recipe requires these tomatoes, along with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.
Marzano Pizzeria is found right on the beach, in the heart of Chaweng, at Malibu Koh Samui Resort & Beach Club, and is named after these famed tomatoes, which it incorporates in many dishes. Here they make the traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas, with lots of attention to the dough, making it thin, light and crispy. And they only use the freshest ingredients and toppings; Marzano tomatoes, of course, amazing handmade cheeses, the choicest meats and seafood and freshest herbs and spices. All baked to perfection, in an old-fashioned wood-fired pizza oven that heats up to 400 degrees Celsius, giving the perfect pizza in only five minutes!
The most popular pizzas are the Margarita, and the Diavola. The Diavola has spicy salami, Parmesan, rocket and chilli oil in addition to the Marzano tomato sauce and mozzarella. If you love your cheese, try the Baci Quattro Fromaggi (Four Cheese Pizza), rolled with green apples, gorgonzola, parmesan, mozzarella, taleggio, rocket and balsamic vinegar. Simply divine!
But Marzano is not just all about pizza. Popular starters include the special Rocket Salad, with apple and toasted almonds, and the Grilled Tiger Prawn Salad; with crispy bacon and asparagus and not forgetting the universal favourite; Bruschetta Tomato, with salad and olive oil.
Pasta dishes consist of either spaghetti or penne, both freshly prepared on the premises. Chef recommendations include the Marinara Seafood with mussels, prawns, squid, San Marzano tomatoes (of course), garlic, anchovy and parsley, and the Aglio Olio Bacon with virgin olive oil, bacon, garlic and dried chilli. The Thai chefs are expertly trained in the original Neapolitan style of cooking, so all food is authentic, but you can mix and match ingredients among dishes to get your perfect combination… just ask! And being Thai, the chefs are also experts in Thai cuisine. So, if someone is not in the mood for Italian, there are all the Thai favourites to choose from too. Complete your meal with one of the delicious desserts. The extra-special Tiramisu or Panacotta Cheesecake comes highly recommended, with just the right hint of sweetness to round off your meal. They arrive at your table beautifully decorated with flowers and some artistic surprises!
A range of modestly priced wines, including the Italian favourites Prosecco and Pinot Grigio are available, as well as a wide range of beers (including imported Italian brands), cocktails, mocktails, healthy fruit juices and smoothies. There are daily happy hours from 1:00 pm till 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm daily, with discounts on standard cocktails and selected beers and spirits. All prices on the menu include service charge and government tax, no hidden extras when you get your bill!
The informal, light and airy restaurant is on two floors, right by the beach and has recently been given a make-over. The colour scheme is warm brown tones, mixed with black and white, giving it a homely yet modern feel. Wooden tables and chairs inter-mix with sofa’s, and a blackboard announces today’s specials, all very Italian. Upstairs is more informal still, with tall ceilings set with fans and a balcony overlooking the ocean.
If the weather permits, tables and beanbags are set up on the beach, surrounded by lanterns in the evening, creating a special romantic or relaxing mood. Sit beneath the coconut trees, feel the sand between your toes and listen to the gentle shush of the waves on the beach as you enjoy some of the best authentic Italian food around. Phone ahead if you want to create that extra special romantic setting on the beach and away from the restaurant. Anything is possible here!
Marzano Pizzeria offers an amazing relaxed dining experience at reasonable prices with super-friendly staff. The resort is located just 50 metres off the main one-way Chaweng Beach Road. It’s clearly signposted opposite Starbucks at the entrance to Central Festival. Head to the reception and wander through the tropical gardens, past the bungalows until you reach the swimming pool. The beach is straight ahead and the restaurant is to your right.
If you want the real deal, to savour and truly experience an authentic Italian pizza, then go ‘totally tomatoes’ and be treated like royalty, at Marzano Pizzeria.