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Italian, Pizza, European, Tuscan, Romana, Lazio, Sicilian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 27 February 2024

Why not? ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE! Me and my wife came in and ordered the eggplant starter and the risotto truffle balls. They were both AWFUL, lacking taste and SALT. There was not an ounce of seasoning in the food. Once we complained to the manager about...or experience we were told flat out that they would not remove the tasteless eggplant dish from our bill, as it was uneatable! As a guest I basically had to argue back and forth with the so called “manager” to be accommodated. Eventually we gave up, having ordered 3 main dishes as well my hopes were low so we asked for to pay for what we’ve had so far (2 drinks and the 2 disgusting apps) but were told we had to pay also for the food we hadn’t yet received! I refused and told them I will pay only for the drinks and the two appetizers we didn’t even like. I took a loss paying for dishes that were tasteless, but at least we got outta there before more disappointing dishes came out.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 10 January 2024

The best of the three Italian restaurants I tried in Chiangmai. Food was very tasty but what I enjoyed most was the red wine. All their bottles show their VIVINO rating. Great idea! So often we don’t recognize the wines listed and this helps so...much. And they are fairly priced.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 29 December 2023

The quality of Italian restaurants in Chiang mai seems to have declined over the past few years. Why Not doesn't do anything to raise the standard. Most staff fail to smile or even offer a greeting on arrival. There is a stern looking European man...who walks around like an overseer but doesn't say anything. Most unwelcoming. The food is of average quality but priced in the mid range. The arancini was of supermarket standard and basically tasteless. The minestrone was good but served with tiny pieces of bread. This is the first Italian restaurant I have been to that does not provide complimentary bread. Pizzas are acceptable if you are craving one. The wines are ok but nothing special. The best thing was the Italian beer on tap. I doubt I will return.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 11 December 2023

One of the best Italian placvces outside of italy that is partly ciliac friendly. Great impressive wine by the glass menu and at Thai prices too! good attentive service.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 October 2023 via mobile

I can't drink wine. Because of a severe headache. But why not? They served a very generous cold cut. I don't like sylami, so I asked if I could replace it with prosciutto (after checking the price), and they said yes. What if you can't...drink wine? why not? Brie cheese and prosciutto are enough to make you happy. Gracie.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 3 August 2023 via mobile

Great Italian restaurant with nice and friendly staff. The food was good and freshly made in an open outside kitchen. I think it was quite expensive for Thai standards, for us it was 1600THB including tip. We both had a starter, a main course and...shared a small bottle of house wine(wich tasted just fine). I think quite expensive for in Thailand, but compared to Western prices still very good. After all would definitely recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023 via mobile

We had visited this restaurant a few years ago on a previous visit to Chiang Mai, and were very happy to see that it was still there and just as good as ever. We hadn’t booked but got a table inside as it was relatively...early. By the time we left the indoor dining room was full and a few people were eating at tables in the lovely garden area. But in July that would be rather hot. Although you do get to see them preparing pizzas in the outdoor pizza oven. We shared the cold cuts platter and then 2 pasta dishes. Everything was delicious and freshly prepared. Great value authentic Italian food. Do try it if you are in the Nimmanhaemin area.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 22 February 2023 via mobile

A charming Italian restaurant with great atmosphere serving authentic and very tasty Italian food. Wine selection a bit chaotic as no wine list (yet), available. Prices reasonable and consistent with a restaurant of this quality.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 22 February 2023 via mobile

Great atmosphere, great food. We’ve been here four times now and not had a bad meal yet. Had the lamb cutlets last night, very tasty ( prefer mint sauce with lamb myself) cooked pink just as they should be. Extensive menu and a good wine...list, reasonably priced 1000 bht for a nice Primitivo. Open plan kitchen which is always a good sign of a clean kitchen. The staff are quick friendly & attentive. Definitely will be coming back soon.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 6 January 2023 via mobile

Aside from the jets flying directly overhead, this place has a brilliant atmosphere. Most of their dishes are good, but the pizza is a disaster. If you want Italian dishes other than pizza, this place is good. For pizza, avoid. The best pizza place in...Chiang Mai begins with an A, and it's no contest.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 1 November 2022 via mobile

This was a restaurant that used to be very good under it's previous owner but has gone massively downhill. Last night was my birthday and decided to give it one more chance. Oh how I wish we hadn't On the plus side we shared Beef...Carpaccio which was ok. On the negative side we also shared the eggplant starter which was frankly tasteless and inedible. Presented in a soggy lump, looked a bit like a small lasagna but was utterly without taste or texture. But the "piece de resistance" was my main course, Fusili ( undercooked) with tomatoes ( overcooked and soggy) and Italian sausage ( invisible!) There was literally no sausage at all in my sausage dish, just a drizzle of some unidentifiable meat sauce in the bottom of the plate. Essentially I was eating undercooked pasta and overcooked tomatoes, and that was it. I m not a complainer. My partners seafood pasta was "ok" no better but should have been it was 499 baht. Never again. And that's after going there on and off for about 12 years Sadly it's a pale shadow of what it used to be and I left feeling like my pocket had been picked and I was still hungry.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 August 2022 via mobile

This is by far the best Italian restaurant I’ve visited in all of Thailand, and can actually compete with Italian restaurants in Europe. The dishes they serve are all cooked to order in an open kitchen. We had bruschetta and truffle arancini as starters, followed...by penne alla vodka and pizza di parma as mains. Finished with the trio of tasters (tiramisu, pannacotta and chocolate mousse) and pistachio gelato. We are enthusiastic Italy lovers, visited there many times, and this restaurant in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is up there with the best of them. Compliments to the chefs!!!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 8 June 2022

The lasagna was good but the 2nd dish - spinach and truffle raviali was horrible. Lacked flavour. And when i asked for replacement with another dish - they refused. And they even charged me for it even though I didn't eat it. Poor service and...customer care.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 25 February 2022 via mobile

My wife and I were essentially shocked at the complete lack of any effort at this restaurant to serve delicious, or at least somewhat tasty, meals this evening. We had eaten there years before and usually got pizza with a group of friends. The pizza...wasn't bad but we would have to say, that we've had much better, for example, at Dukes or even Yummy Pizza, in South Chiang Mai. HOWEVER, THE MEALS WE HAD THIS EVENING WERE TOTALLY BLAND NEARLY COMPLETELY TASTELESS AND UNATTRACTIVELY SERVED. My wife got what they called the creamy selection of carbonara, they had another type, I got the eggplant parmesan and we shared a Caesar salad. The carbonara had almost no cream or anything creamy at all in it and about two or three little tiny pieces of what looked and tasted a little bit like bacon. The seasoning and it was almost completely lacking and the pasta itself was barely edible because it was so tasteless. The eggplant parmesan I had was even worse! It was a small portion, served in the middle of a plate and was nearly devoid of sauce of any kind. There was also very little cheese either on top or inside of the pasta layers. But the worst thing of all what's at the eggplant was nearly tasted it was almost like eating barely cooked eggplant, and it was not crispy fried and layered with cheese and sauce like every other eggplant parmesan I've ever had at any restaurant, anywhere. I often get eggplant parmesan because I really usually like it! But certainly not this time. I asked for a tomato sauce that I could put on it and I added at least a half a cup to it and poked it into the meal and try to eat it but only managed to eat half of it. The rest I brought home from my dog, and by the way, both meals were served COLD and had to be returned to be heated. WE ALSO BOTH USUALLY LOVE CARBONARA BUT THIS WAS BARELY EDIBLE , AGAIN WITH NO CREAMY CHEESE SAUCE. IT WAS MORE LIKE JUST EATING PASTA THAT HAVE BEEN HEATED UP AND NOTHING ELSE DONE TO IT. The Caesar salad we had was the worst ever also so little taste so little cheese and it was extremely hard to find any bacon at all and it wasn't fresh bacon, it was some type of little weird bacon chips that they threw in it, and I only found about six of these little tasteless "bacon" chips. It was a decent size salad but it consisted of lettuce these little chips and about four tiny thin strips of parmesan cheese on top. NEEDLESS TO SAY, WE AND ANYBODY WE KNOW, WILL NEVER BE BACK TO "WHY NOT" located between 11th and 13th Street, Just off of Neimanhaman. So very very disappointed in this meal and this restaurant. We had been so looking forward to going out and getting a good Italian meal, But when I got home I opened the refrigerator and ate a piece of chicken to feel a little better. MY DOG HOWEVER DID EAT THE REST OF IT, FAIRLY QUICKLY!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 7 January 2022

The only place I have to come everytime visiting ChiangMai. The perfect combination of cold cut menu and pizza is always the best match for me. Lots of selection in menu to try on. Worth every pennies spent.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Why Not? Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4