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Casa Italia

Fill­ing, hearty Ital­ian fare served with a smile in the heart of District 1. Au­then­tic pizza and a com­pre­hen­sive range of pasta, pork, chicken and beef dishes of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one. Lo­cated a stone’s throw from Ben Thanh Mar­ket. 86 Le Loi, D1 028 3824 4286


The lux­ury Park Hy­att Saigon is home to Opera, an au­then­tic Ital­ian din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence open for break­fast, lunch and din­ner. Try their fa­mous lasagna and tiramisu. Head chef Marco Torre learned his craft in a num­ber of Miche­lin-star restau­rants through­out dif­fer­ent re­gions of Italy dur­ing a 14 year ca­reer. Dine on the deck al­fresco or in­side in air con­di­tioned com­fort.

2 Lam Son Square, D1


One of the orig­i­nal Ital­ian eater­ies in Ho Chi Minh City, Pen­dolasco re­cently rein­vented it­self with a new chef and menu, and spurned a sis­ter eatery in District 2. Set off the street in a peace­ful gar­den with in­door and out­door eat­ing ar­eas, sep­a­rate bar and func­tion area, it of­fers a widerang­ing Ital­ian menu and monthly movie nights. 87 Nguyen Hue, D1 028 3821 8181

Pizza 4P’s

It’s too late to call this Saigon’s best-kept se­cret: the word is out. Wan­der up to the end of its lit­tle hem off Le Thanh Ton for the most unique pizza ex­pe­ri­ence in the en­tire coun­try – sub­lime Ital­ian pizza pies with a Ja­panese twist. Top­pings like you wouldn’t imag­ine and a venue you’ll be glad you took the time to seek out. 8/15 Le Thanh Ton, D1 012 0789 4444 www.piz­za­


Of­ten un­fairly mis­taken as a purely tourist din­ing des­ti­na­tion, Carpac­cio of­fers an ex­ten­sive range of Ital­ian fare, es­pe­cially seafood and beef dishes. The din­ing area is in a dis­tinc­tively curved brick ‘tun­nel’ opening into a large room at the rear, mak­ing it ideal for cou­ples or groups. 79 Hai Ba Trung 028 3823 8998

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