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“5 stars for food but 1 for atmosphere...”

Thaita Italian Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 205 Restaurants in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $15
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed September 26, 2013

To write this one is a little tricky. If TripAdvisor wanted us to only review the quality of food I'd have given 5 stars. All the dishes prepared freshly by the owner Nikki (a real Italian character) are superb! You'll have the perfect taste experience. You have to wait a little longer but you can be sure everything is homemade, prepared by Nikki herself. The menu is manageable and sometimes prices vary in each menu. If you are picky concerning such things, make sure you ask for the right price beforehand. We can actually recommend everything we've tried so far (pasta dishes, veal, potato dumplings (not on the menu but ask for it, too good!) or all the sweet treats). Very authentic and not out of a freezer, heated up in a microwave. Real culinary skills!

The downside (and in my eyes it's only one thing) were the discrepancies between Nikki and her husband. He came into the restaurant starting an argument with her in front of the guests what is very unprofessional. He seemed to be a grumpy man who doesn't care about customers or appreciating what his wife is doing (and she has to manage the whole restaurant herself including cooking). What a shame as Nikki is really trying hard and we had the impression that he's not helping her in any way apart from giving her a hard time. We came back a second time because we really loved the food but that guy always seems to ruin the atmosphere in there...what a pity!

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Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

This place has the best Italian food u can wish for:)! Service was great and i would definately go there again !

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Thank Travellerace
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

I love Italian food and this was fantastic. Home made pasta with delicious sauces. The tuna with lime is great. Also had a great dessert - not on the menu but the owner recommended it, home made vanilla gelato with caramelised fruits. The owner and his wife are Italian and previously had a restaurant in Italy so know how to cook! Who would have thought, great authentic Italian food on koh tao.

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Thank 87a
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Not one menu is the same in this restaurant, so don't trust what is written, but talk with the funny owner. The best meals and Vibe on The island. We went there twice in one week :-). Need I say more?

Thank Reinhout
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

We've been there yesterday night after we read all that good reviews!
We didn't get wrong!!!
We found niki a really kind and nice person!an italian genuin person!! We talked a lot with her and she told us a lot of interesting things about the past of koh tao!!!
The food is amazing!really tasty and delicious, also well presented! The taste is the real italian one, really really hard to find abroad (we travelled fro 7 months around australia/south east asia and we never found those flavours)!
The homemade past is so good! And niki can also prepare som seafood dishes on request!!!
We will probably come back!!!
It is jus 5 minutes walk from the main road, so the place is really quite and relaxing! You won't eat on the road with the motorcycles beside you!!!

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1  Thank Valentina C
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