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“Comfort food hits the spot”

Mario's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #507 of 2,543 Restaurants in Chiang Mai
Cuisines: Italian, Thai
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Good things do come in small packages. This off-the-beaten path Italian/Thai eatery would be hard-pressed to seat more than 30. Opening on to a typically busy street, a full-service air conditioning unit worked valiantly to keep the customers cool.

This night, the clientele was a mix of internationals like myself (seated on the left) and a fun-loving table of locals opposite.

I kept it simple: a glass of the local Chang beer to wash away the dust accumulated during my 10-minute walk from the hotel; that led the way (and balanced) a very hot bowl of minestrone soup, which--accompanied by a wee cup of parmesan cheese--offered a fresh take on an old favourite thanks to the inclusion of farm-to-table vegetables.

The main--one of two macaroni dishes, featuring chicken breast, tomato, green pepper, onion and mushroom--was decidedly bland, but that could be self-remedied thanks to a variety of condiments and hot sauces at every table. For this course, the beverages included bottled water and the only wine (red) on the menu.

The staff were attentive and prompt. Next time I need a change from the fantastic array of Thai cuisine, I will be back.

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Thank S. James W
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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

Easy to miss in off-the-beaten-track location between the Chiang Mai Gate & the hotel of the same name.
Small and basic family setup with short menu of Thai and Italian standards - sounds wacky but actually great food at v good prices. Minestrone, Lasagne & Spag Bol all really nice & better than the pricier “Italian” joints uptown, if you want a change from Thai. Quiet but friendly service. Deserves to be better known.

Thank MKR21Irish
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Just finished having lunch. Pizza, spaghetti Bolognese, and a wonderful garden salad with excellent Italian dressing. Simple place, good service. Very satisfied. Will be back to try the Thai food.

Thank mibiza2015
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Reviewed 16 August 2016

This is a great little place in Chiang Mai. I have been going to this restaurant over a number of years whenever I visit Chiang Mai and the food has always remained very tasty and good value. I've eaten both Italian and Thai foods here and both are excellent.

Don't go here expecting an amazing setting or atmosphere - as other reviewers have said, this is a quiet, unassuming family restaurant in a side street. It's great for a quiet meal with friends.

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Thank Christian G
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Thai cookery at its best! They have something for everybody and the hostess is just super friendly. She also spoke the best English out of everybody that we met there.

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Thank Mayte T
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