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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Italian, Pizza, European, Wine Bar, Romana, Lazio, Sicilian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed May 17, 2021

Fancied a pizza this evening, so obviously my first choice is always 'Why Not', they had a 'Combo' thingy where you can either get a free salad or dessert for 280Baht. The pizza goes without saying was delicious as was the dessert, Since discovering this...'new' delivery service called TUK, I have been ordering a lot more take-aways than I usually do. They are really quick on delivery, friendly, polite drivers who speak English. They offer Free Delivery depending on your area, I paid a 2 Baht delivery charge as I was a bit way out!! They also charge a lot less commission to the restaurants so I am all for that. Great Pizza--Great delivery service. ( Will not be using Grab again for various reasons) Really, really happy with TUK's delivery service.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed February 5, 2021

Intended to go out to dinner with a friend visiting from BKK, but became lazy, so decided to fetch some food & wine from Why Not instead & eat at home. Emidio has a wonderful Delicatessen with such varied, high quality meats & cheeses etc,...it was quite a treat to decide on what to choose. Firstly, the wine—2 bottles of the most wonderful Pinot Grigio (Bottega) laden with subtle honyed flavours plus 2 of the Cabernet Savignon. To accompany those wines, we chose artichokes(fabulous), sun-dried tomatoes, mixed olives, spicy pork salami, cooked ham & the most wonderful & ( my new fav) Provolene Spicy cheese, of which the texture I adored( being an English Cheddar fan)—really, really enjoyed that! Got some Pasta E.Fagioli soup laden with beans, pasta & bacon(yum) followed by the most perfect Ricotta cheesecake. A perfect ‘light’ supper. Looking forward to trying out all the other goodies from the ‘Why Not Deli’. Delivery is offered (details on the web-page).More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed December 21, 2020 via mobile

So happy I came to try this lovely restaurant. Compliments to the affable simpatico owner Signor Emidio who runs a top notch italian trattoria with a great wine list, fabulous authentic cuisine and excellent friendly service .

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 10, 2020

As always, another fabulous evening at this wonderful eaterie! Popped in for an early dinner with friends, fancied red wine and Pizza- The Divialo was great, friends created their own which they loved. Later on as the place started filling up, bumped into loads of...old friends & had a great evening. A wonderful atmosphere as usual! Looking forward to Xmas there!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed September 26, 2020 via mobile

A 'must try' in Chiang Mai. Probably the best meal for the price I've had in a long time. Nice atmosphere. Large place spreading out between soi 11 & soi 13 (two entrances from either soi), but it's split up so doesn't feel that large....Outdoor & Open Air dining on soi 11 side. Indoor dining on soi 13 side. Large menu (pizza, pasta, salads, soups, fish , beef, chicken, pork, desserts, etc.). Decent wine list too. We had salad & salmon, and I wouldn't hesitate to have the same again. I also like that the portions are good size but not crazy big like they serve in the "make you fat USA". Great service too from the polite & hard working young ladies. Like everywhere in the Nimman area, parking is not a strong point. They have 4 or 5 parking spaces on soi 13. Street parking on soi 11.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 13, 2020

Excellent selction of pasta, pizzain fact all the Italian favourites. Great tastes from the anti pasto to the mains.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 26, 2020

Why not? There is no reason, you definitely should -- anyone passing through Chiang Mai with a craving for Italian food should definitely consider Why Not? for some solid Italian food. Most restaurants in Thailand have a very limited wine selection, at least in part,...due to unique Thai customs regulations. Even if they do have wine, it tends to be over-priced by international standards. There is little restaurants can do about the costs from high customs fees, but this restaurant has a very broad selection, certainly much broader than most restaurants in Chiang Mai. Only some wines are served by the glass, but just bring some friends to share a bottle from their collection. Why Not? has both an open air seating area in front and then an air conditioned dining area further in back. One big advantage is Why Not? has a wood-fired oven for baking pizzas. Pizza cooked any way is generally edible, but there is something very special about pizzas baked in wood-fired ovens. The exterior crust is crispy, the inner bread is soft and airy, and they taste much better. Their pizzas are no exception, they are excellent. Why Not? is much more than just a place for pizza, they offer a full selection of Italian dishes. If you're in Chiang Mai, definitely give Why Not? an opportunity.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed July 24, 2020 via mobile

Very popular Italian restaurant.... and it deserves this reputation! Excellent pasta (the gnocchis are exceptional), salad very fresh... and on top of it, the prices are very raisonnable Definitely a place to go

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed April 9, 2020

We have been there several times and it is really delicious. We like specially the pizza Dolcevitta and the carbonara. We love the cold meats as well, so much. It is really busy every time, so don't go there if you are in a hurry....You need to enjoy every bite! You will have an olive oil bottle on the table so you can dip your bread with the cold meats. Well, at least I do that! It is not the cheapest, but you will get good quality, for sure.More

Date of visit: April 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

I’m not sure why this is not listed at #1 gourmet pizza in Chiang Mai. The ingredients are all super fresh and of great quality. The cold cuts and cheeses fridge is displayed in the restaurant, so you can see it is all great quality....The quattro formaggi was excellent, so was the Mediterranean. They accept credit cards.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Why Not? Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar

Yes, Why Not? Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar offers takeout services.

Yes, Why Not? Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar offers delivery services.

Why Not? Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4