Having gone balls deep into Thai food over the last week we felt like a bit of a change up, and got hunting for a pizza place somewhere in Chiang Mai.
We came across Why Not? My only previous experience of a why not? bar came whilst in Vietnam, were I was advised not to go as it was a bar run by the mafia and some lad had his face slit with a knife the week before (clearly a twat!), so I went anyway…and yeah it was pretty shady!(a story for another time) Anyway…I gambled on the fact it may not be a mafia run establishment and off we went in the monsoon rain, in a tuck tuck, resembling a jet ski on some roads!
We were first greeted with an open air(under cover) kitchen which I thought was cool and a tradition Italian brick oven, which made me take notice, as it was lashing it out we chose to sit inside in the non aircon section as it was nicely warm without being too sticky.
As the menus came so did the table’s food next is us, and the garlic and parsley smell wafted over making it really difficult to decide what to choose, looked very authentic too, but after seeing that oven I couldn’t see passed getting a pizza, I was expecting good things. I was clearly also feeling a bit daring, as decided to make my own pizza, whilst my dinner partner went from the menu – capricosa (tomato, mozzarella, ham, artichoke & mushroom)
My crazy concoction, which I’m gonna name Rocket Man (tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni, bell peppers, rocket, chilli oil) 🙂
We kept with the Italian theme too by hitting up some wine from North East Italy, livio felluga, Sauvignon blanc 2015 – it was nice, good with the pizza as it brought the flavour out, initially not as easy to drink as a Chablis but became much better with the food.
As we were waiting for our pizzas to land there was a power cut which added to the atmosphere if I’m honest, and the staff were quick to pounce with a candle and light – clearly a regular occurrence during monsoon season, within 5 minutes the lights were back on – and is if by magic our pizzas appeared, the brick oven not being affected by the power cut…great news
So we’ve already sampled a pizza in Chiang Mai at Riva (with live music), my dinner partner thought it was ok – but when you’re hanging out of your arse as much as she was (hungover) then any form of stodge will seem good, and it really wasn’t, the music something you’d expect from a social club or bar mitzvah in the 80s, don’t get me wrong I’m loving the reemergence of the symph at the moment, but this was bad 80s, the food there not much better sorry.
I digress, so the pizza landed at our table and you could immediately tell it was going to taste great just but the crispiness of the base and puffiness of the crusts – something that hasn’t just come out of a freezer. For me a pizza can be great or really shit if the base is not up to scratch, toppings, well they’re pretty interchangeable – whereas this base was spot on.
Living in Malta has given me a real eye for good pizzas, being so close to Italy, and had I been given this in Sicily or Malta I’d has assumed it would had been crafted from the hands of an Italian!
Once I had inhaled my pizza, I recalled seeing on the menu they’d had a wine cellar, so the inquisitive cat inside of me (and the 1/2 bottle of wine) was keen to have a nosey. I was genuinely blown away for such a humble little place to have this extensive wine cellar
As we’d skipped the starters I fancied sampling some of the sweet delights – my dinner partner went with the lava cake…and I shot for the trio of desserts to give me a taste of a few options
The lava cake was divine…I always enjoy hot with cold and the vanilla ice cream that accompanied the Crispy sweet crust, to unveil the hot sticky goo inside – blimey in salivating now just thinking about it again it was bloody tasty! The trio was ok, tiramisu light which was good, the chocolate mouse was rich but for the size worked really well, I wasn’t a fan of the Panna cotta mainly as I didn’t feel the orange balanced well with the vanilla cream, but the lava cake hands down was phenomenal!
So when we first sat down and heard that couple say it was the best Italian they’d had in Thailand I thought ok, the jury is out. I’ve not tried every Italian place in Thailand or even Chiang Mia, I can however say if you want a damn good pizza with a nice atmosphere and a great selection of wines, you should definitely head to Why Not!