Fine Italian dining has been a feature of the culinary options at Chiang Mai restaurants for some years now. A number of Italian expats have brought their cooking skills to Chiang Mai and the quality of the food is as good as any found at a trattoria or ristorante in Rome or the back streets of Naples. A full choice of pizzas, pasta, antipasto, Italian meat and seafood creations, desserts and beverages is on the menu at the recommended Chiang Mai Italian restaurants listed below.
PICCOLA ROMA PALACE
Founded in 1991, Piccola Roma Palace was one of the original Italian restaurants in Chiang Mai. The spacious premises on Charoenprathet Road has been the first choice for the rich and famous since the day it opened. The interior décor of the Piccola Roma resembles an Italian palazzo of yesteryear. This restaurant offers a superior dining experience with a full collection of specials ranging from shrimp cocktail with Danish caviar and Italian onion soup through to pizzas, pastas, Black Angus steaks and the famous dessert of Zabaione. Imported Italian wines include Brunello and Amarone.
Piccola Roma Palace: #144, Charoen Prathet Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 11:00-14:00, 17:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 275 223 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
GIORGIO RISTORANTE ITALIANO
Like the Piccola Roma Palace, Giorgio Ristorante Italiano is just a few minutes on foot from Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. The restaurant looks like a traditional trattoria and has a menu to match. Appetizers such as Parma ham and melon and a plate of mixed cheeses set the stage for a diverse assortment of main meat, fish, salad and pizza dishes. Recommended choices are four-cheese gnocchi, spicy penne arrabbiata and macaroni Bolognese. Tiramisu cake, grappa brandy and Weihenstephaner German beer ensure all comers are catered for.
Giorgio Ristorante Italiano: #2/6, Prachasamphan Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 11:30-14:30, 18:00-22:30 (Mon-Sat) | Tel: +66 53 271 866 | Website | E-mail | Map
The main in-house dining choice at the Akyra Manor Hotel Chiang Mai, Italics Restaurant is an exclusive venue for a memorable Italian meal. The menu options here cover everything from Caesar salad to pizzas, spicy seafood, sea-bass and the Italics’ signature dessert, panna cotta with jasmine. After an Italics meal, most patrons head up to the rooftop Rise Bar for fine wines, cocktails and unparalleled views over Nimmanhaemin Road and Suthep Mountain.
Italics Restaurant: #22/2, Nimmanhaemin Rd., Soi 9, T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 07:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 216 219 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
ARBUSTO ITALIAN HOUSE
Arbusto’s is a family-owned restaurant in the Doi Saket area of Chiang Mai. Although a little way from town, the uniqueness of Arbusto’s dishes compensates. Among specialities are spaghetti with anchovies, ratatouille, Parma ham and rocket pizza, and salmon lasagne. The house bar is stocked with a good selection of wines, imported beers and spirits.
Arbusto Italian House: #22, M. 2, Baan Taladmai, T. Luang Nua, A. Soi Saket, Chiang Mai 50220 | Open: 08:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 89 758 4197 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE TAMARIND GARDEN
The Tamarind Garden is an Italian restaurant and café run as a non-profit foundation for the benefit of hilltribe children. It offers a full choice of pizzas with toppings ranging from salami and Margherita to Turkish and green curry. Salads, burgers, pastas, appetisers and cakes created from 100 per cent natural products add to the dining choices. The Tamarind Garden also has a great collection of smoothies, brewed coffees, wines and beers. It is located to the east of the inner ring road and close to Mee Chok Plaza.
Tamarind Garden: #118, M. 9, San Phee Suea, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 09:00-22:00 (Tue-Sat) | Tel: +66 85 653 3992 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE WHY NOT?
Nimmanhaemin Road’s Why Not? Restaurant elevates the Italian dining experience to new heights. A huge portfolio of dishes includes superior cheeses, cold cuts, delicious antipasti, home-made pasta specials and pizzas baked in wood-fired ovens. Desserts like chocolate lava will have diners salivating while the wine collection is one of the best in Chiang Mai. Patrons have a choice of an air-conditioned dining room or the garden at this popular Nimmanhaemin Soi 11 eatery.
The Why Not?: #14 Nimmanhemin Rd., Soi 11, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 17:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 289 262 | Website | Facebook | Map