Ho Chi Minh City has a vibrant and varied culinary culture. Fundamentally a typical Asian city, Saigon has absorbed foreign cultures easier and more effectively than most. The Vietnamese people are open hearted and open minded and this manifests itself in a multicultural society. A large part of that culture exchange is in the dining experiences. Food from Europe has become a large part of the culinary landscape here. Of course, a big player in European dining are the Italians; here they have assimilated well.
In the part of town known more for Japanese restaurants, La Hosteria on Le Thanh Ton serves a wide range of homemade pizzas and pastas to appreciative customers since 2007. Their well stocked cellars match Italian wines to delicious Italian food. The ambience is fun and warm and the food is excellent. Further into the heart of District 1 on Le Loi Casa Italia, located on the same block as the famous Ben Thanh Market. On the ground floor is a cafe-bar-style casual dining space, whilst a more intimate restaurant space resides upstairs. They cater to many Westerners, expats and tourists alike and enjoy a vibrant and large clientele. This kind of homely warm atmosphere has won them many friends.
There are hundreds of Italian venues of all kinds dotted throughout this giant metropolis. From high end restaurants offering fine wines, to vegetarian alternatives and cosy cafes. The Italians are here to stay and they are doing a fine job. In the mainly expat area of District 2 they have settled in quite nicely. Restaurants and cafes abound and if you want a light bite, try the North End Deli, which serves amazing Italian sandwiches and great coffee. The Deli’s sandwiches use high quality ingredients; ciabatta and focaccia bread, bagels, baguettes, good olives, excellent cold cuts and top grade virgin olive oils.
Wherever you find yourself in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be in easy reach of great Italian food.