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  Prego Restaurant, Koh Samui

Always an oasis of Italian food, stand-out restaurant Prego is once again drawing eager diners. The last touches of a total renovation of the restaurant have finally been completed. It's even better than it was before, with a totally new design and an exciting new menu offering a contemporary take on rustic Italian cuisine.

In fact, the only things that aren't brand new are the highly trained yet friendly staff and the inimitable Executive Chef, Marco Boscaini, who's been an integral part of Prego since day-one, back in August 2003. Cooking is his passion, one that began as a child, and what he doesn't know about Italian cooking really isn't worth knowing. The menu with its rustic 'country-style' cuisine couldn't be more authentic even if it was served in Tuscany itself. His risotto, for example, is well-respected amongst connoisseurs and declared by some to be in the top hundred in the world.

Prego is located opposite Amari Koh Samui, on the northern part of Chaweng Beach Road. It can seat around 200 people in its various sections, and these include a smart bar with comfortable lounge on the street frontage where you can watch the world go by. It's just like being in Italy. Indeed, Chef Marco has aimed to give Prego an Italian atmosphere, so that it's home from home. Bringing people together is what the restaurant is about; it's impossible to come here without being won over by its charms. Many of the dishes have been chosen so they can easily be passed around, and the idea is to allow guests to share food when they want to. Prices are remarkably affordable, making the restaurant a go-to place when it comes to excellent value as well as authenticity.

There are plenty of seating options, including two fully-air-conditioned dining rooms. You'll also see Prego's authentic wood-fired pizza oven and the fabulous 70-label wine collection, with Italian and New World varieties that have been selected for both their taste and value for money.

Many of the recipes have been handed down generation-to-generation and they're guaranteed to please. For starters, the imported Burrata Cheese (which incorporates a fresh mozzarella from Puglia) is simply fabulous, as is the Salsiccia in Insalata – a grilled Italian sausage with fresh rocket, dried tomato and pine nut. And a dinner at Prego just has to include either the I Pici di Chef Marco, which is a Tuscan pasta that's been personally hand-rolled by Chef Marco, with a beef ragout and pecorino cheese, or the Fettuccine Nere ai Sapori di Mare – a house– made squid– ink black fettuccine with fresh local seafood and sun-fried tomato sauce.

For starters, the imported Burrata Cheese (which incorporates a fresh mozzarella from Puglia) on marinated tomato is simply fabulous, as is the Salsiccia in Insalata – a grilled Italian sausage with fresh rocket, dried tomato and pine nut. And a dinner at Prego just has to include either the I Pici di Chef Marco, which is a Tuscan pasta that's been personally handrolled by Chef Marco, with a Chianti wine beef ragout and pecorino cheese, or the Fettuccine Nere ai Sapori di Mare – a house–made squid-ink black fettuccine with fresh local seafood and sun-fried tomato sauce.

Particularly recommended main course dishes are the Costolette di Agnello – an oven-baked rack of New Zealand lamb and fresh herbs served with sautéed spinach and grilled tomatoes, and the Grigliata di Pesce – a freshly-caught seafood platter that's been grilled and served with lemon, thyme, rosemary and garlic potatoes.

"...and the cuisine is now officially classified as 'a
contemporary take on rustic Italian' "

And for dessert, the Crostata di Mele – oven–baked apple pie served with homemade vanilla ice-cream is one of Prego's delicious new creations and is well worth trying. But Chef Marco's new presentation of his own favourite dessert, Tiramisu, and using original Illy coffee, has already proved to be the most popular – for many excellent reasons!

As to be expected of such an excellent restaurant, there's a great wine and drinks list too. There's even a bottle selection of Prego's unique Italian Craft Beer, with the renowned Birra del Borgo being on tap, which is sure to keep all beer-drinkers more than happy.

Before closing, a big mention must be made of the fact that not only does Prego welcome vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements – it actually embraces them! As to be expected of a restaurant of this standard, there's a full vegetarian and gluten-free menu available with exciting and tasty creations. But where Prego goes over and beyond the normal expectations is that it has its own vegan cheese and cream which means that it can produce fabulous gluten–free pizzas that taste exactly like the 'real' thing. In fact, pretty much every dish available on the main menu has a vegetarian/gluten-free counterpart. Now that is what you call looking after your diners and is yet another reason why Prego is back up there at the top.

Prego is open from 12:00 noon until 12:00 midnight.
For reservations and further information, telephone 0 7730 0317.


Prego Restaurant, Italian Cuisine
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