in Hat Patong

At Phuket's top Italian restaurant, amid sleek, monochrome decor, you can dine on homebaked focaccia, deliciously creamy buffalo mozzarella and house-made pumpkin-stuffed cappelletti coated in delicate Gorgonzola sauce. From expertly crafted pizza and pasta to sensational seafood blowouts, Sardinian chef Alessandro Frau's cooking is exquisitely executed and supremely sophisticated. Most of the produce is authentic imported Italian, accompanied by 400-plus wines.

This is a serious contender for the island's best fine-dining spot. The slow-cooked egg on the Parmigiano-Reggiano fondue with black truffle and crispy pancetta is a star dish.