No, none of us are going to agree on this list, as can be attested by the raging and ongoing online battles across many of Chiang Mai’s social media platforms as fans insist their favourite pizza joint is the city’s best.
Some like it thick, others like it thin; some like it soft, others like it crispy – we are not going to be able to come to a consensus on this. So, seeing as Citylife’s staff has been eating our way through Chiang Mai’s restaurants for nearly thirty years, and having packed on the pounds to prove it, we are just going to put out OUR list of favourite pizzas in town and hope that you too agree that if not the best by your standards, then these pizzas are certainly worth writing home about.
We would dare to say that The Duke’s pizza is likely the most popular home delivery pizza – discounting the big chains – in town. And this is because The Duke’s is all about comfort food.
The Duke’s pizzas have consistently sat at the top of most ‘best pizza’ lists in the city. Massive (their small pizzas are 14” while their large is a family sized 18”), each pizza is brimming with generous toppings which are piled on top of a pizza dough which is more Chicago American in style than Italian, being much thicker, though maintaining that light bite we all love.
There is a huge selection of pizzas to suit all preferences with everyone seems to have their own favourite. Check out some of our office’s most ordered pizzas: The Italiano with garlic, parsley, oregano oil, salami, ham, mortadella and mozerella; the garlicy shrimp scampi; the meaty meat lovers; the double peperoni; and the vegetarian, each and every one is simply loaded with tasty ingredients.
The menu is vast and if you are not into pizzas, there is much to choose from, from the starters all the way to the desserts – Oreo cheesecake anyone
The Duke’s (Ping River)
49, 4-5 Chiang Mai-Lam Phun Rd, T. Chang Moi, Muang, Chiang Mai
Tel. 053 249 231
Open daily: 11am – 11pm
Facebook : thedukeschiangmai
If more is more, then Rose’s Roadhouse & New York Style Pizza sits at the top of the list for its generous-sized pizzas sagging under the weight of their toppings and oozing with deliciousness.
Set in a small shop house in the Mae Hia area, Rose’s Roadhouse delivers city-wide, so there is no need to drive all the way out there if you live on the other side of town, though the friendly owners and casual ambiance make for a convenient and informal meal.
Chef Patrick brings over a quarter of a century worth of experience of All-American homemade cooking – comfort food at its best.
Each 14-inch pizza is crowded with generous toppings. (Not large enough? Never fear, you can also order the whopping 25-incher which comes with a heart-palpitating whole kg of cheese.) Fresh out of the oven, piping hot pizzas arrive covered with whatever your heart’s desire. We highly recommend the Rose’s Special which is a salami, ham, sausage, onion, mushrooms, olive, mozzarella pizza as well as the Thai-style tom yum pizza, all hot and spicy. They also have vegetarian options. Pizzas start at 420 baht each.
There isn’t a chance you will leave Rose’s Roadhouse with any space in your tummy, what with the menu which is as generous as each dish. You can order the 495 bah full ribs plate, huge fries, any number of milkshakes, the 245-baht bacon cheese burger or the 500g spicy crispy basil spaghetti at only 185 baht.
Rose’s Roadhouse & New York Style Pizza
Open 11am – 9.30pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
44/21 Smoproi Road, Mae Hia, Chiang Mai
Facebook: Rose’s RoadHouse & New York Style Pizza in Chiang Mai
Tel. 081 883 8977 / 053 806 077
At 2Gether Bar & Restaurant you will find real authentic Italian thin-crust pizza. Their 13″ pies are made of daily fresh hand-tossed dough and topped with a wide variety of options. The calzone, quattro formaggi, and prosciutto funghi are firm favourites among customers. The pizzas are all really thin with that yummy crunch around the rim and the homemade tomato sauce base is particularly fresh and delicious.
2Gether Bar & Restaurant is located in the heart of the Night Bazaar in a lovely old teak building. A little tucked away from the main street, 2Gether keeps its charm as a hidden gem, though fans in the know have no trouble finding it.
The original restaurant dates to 1993 and has battled and won the test of time. Besides Italian, their menu has plenty of choices of Dutch and Thai dishes all served in large portions at very affordable prices. If you haven’t been before, give them a try, you won’t be disappointed!
2Gether Bar & Restaurant
Open 5pm – 1am
19/1 Charoenprathet Soi 6, Night Bazaar
Tel. 053 272 441
Delivery: Tuk App, Mealsonwheels4u
Pizzas start from 180 baht
If Italian soul food were a thing, this is where you would go to get it.
Barefoot Café is a casual street-side venue set in a renovated abandoned building; its tiny, casual, and enveloped with the scents of freshly-cooked Italian fare.
Diners sit and watch as their meals are prepared fresh right there in front of their eyes. You can see all the seasonal ingredients at their best as they are plucked, picked and presented in a variety of home-style rustic Italian dishes.
The pizzas are Barefoot’s food ambassadors, with just about all ingredients homemade. The dough is nearly as thin as a Spanish tortilla, but comes with a lovely little crisp around the edge. No self-respecting pizza is served without some cheese, and Barefoot sources its cheeses from only the most organic of farms in the north, serving up such favourites as the four cheese pizza, the house signature with mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta and haloumi cheeses. The white pizza is another popular dish, as is the nam prik ong pizza, infused with Thai flavours.
The pasta dishes are also delightful with the freshly made pasta being the star. Best of all, the prices are not going to empty your wallet.
Open 8am – 11am, 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 9pm
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Tel. 083 564 7107
Street Pizza enjoys an enviable location right on the popular Tha Pae Road. Set in a lovely old wooden house, it also has a balcony to sit on and watch the world go by. Street Pizza likely isn’t the most authentic Italian pizzeria in town, but it is certainly one of the most experimental and fun!
Unique ingredients and even more unique merging of ingredients, makes for some standout dishes. Try the pizza na wat which features wild boar sausage as its topping star, complemented by bacon, dried chili, mozzarella and Thai basil – these flavours punch you in the taste buds!
A further 20 toppings options will challenge your ability to make a decision, so bring some friends and try as many as you can. Our favourites are the meat combo, which is brimming with meaty delight, the kimchi-bacon pizza with ingredients that challenge the palate; yet go delightfully well together. The parma ham and salmon pizza is another surprise hit, made even better with slivers of salty anchovies.
The pizzas come in small and large sizes and if undecided, you can simply order two toppings on one pizza. Prices start at 209 baht.
Other dishes worth ordering are any of the pastas, the Sriracha wings, the zucchini fries and the BBQ ribs.
Street Pizza & The Wine House
Open Midday – 11pm (Closed on Mondays)
7-15 Tha Pae Road, Chang Moi, Chiang Mai
Facebook: Street Pizza & The Wine House
085 073 5746
Pizzas start from 209 baht
Delivery: Foodpanda, Mealsonwheels4u
If you want some authenticity in your pizza, then Girasole by La Gondola is one of the more faithful of pizza purveyors in the city.
This little restaurant, doing its very best to offer a real Italian ambiance, is set in a shady outdoors plaza right in the heart of the old city.
Just walk past Girasole and you will be beckoned in by the wafting scents of freshly made pizza, as they pop out of the oven throughout the day.
There is a very fine balance here with the light pizza dough – not too thick and not too thin – which is made fresh daily. The toppings also walk the line between being generous and the more judicious editing preferred in Italy, where flavours speak for themselves, focusing on taste over volume. The chef makes sure that he sources his ingredients from organic farms and there is an overall awareness and concern for health as well as being able to cater to some specific dietary requirements.
Classic toppings are all featured on the menu as well as those which appear seasonally, depending on produce. Try the Italian sausage, seafood, parma ham or cheese and spinach pizzas.
Girasole by La Gondola
Kad Klang Vieng, Wat Pan Un intersection (behind Wawee Coffee)
Open daily from noon to 11pm
Tel. 053 276 388, 081 603 0294
Plenty of parking
No Italian restaurant in Chiang Mai has battled and won the test of time as much as Arcobaleno, whose first incarnation dates nearly four decades, being the longest-running Italian kitchen in the north.
With such culinary chops, fans have become family in this casual and friendly restaurant which serves up classic Italian fare.
The pizzas here are Italian-style – thin as a wafer and with a crunch, topped with only the freshest of ingredients.
Try the mascarpone, prosciutto and rocket pizza, a light and refreshingly tasty bite which simply melts the mouth.
And who doesn’t love bacon? Not us…we love the crispy bacon pizza which is really full-flavoured with added aroma from the subtle addition of truffles. The seafood pizza is another hit with fresh mozzarella generously melted onto fresh seafood – squid, shrimps, clams.
Girabaldis is a lovely Italian trattoria down one of the bustling sois off trendy Nimmanhaemin Road. The restaurant is bright and breezy with a lovely mural of a scene from Venice to give some ambiance painted across an entire wall, and the gingham table cloths add some authenticity to the atmosphere. There is also a really nice outdoors balcony area to sit, sip and people watch.
Girabaldis serves up many more sophisticated Italian dishes, using high quality imports and locally sourced fresh produce. Its linguini with crab meat, its duck risotto, the scallopine Milanese…we digress.
Back to Girabaldi’s pizzas; they are traditional Italian with the lovely delicate thin dough, one of the thinnest in town, we all love and come with the classic toppings from Napolitana to margherita as well as some house specialties like the refreshing buratta and parma ham, or better yet go big with the extra
Pizzas start at an eminently reasonable 200 baht.
Open daily 10.30am – 2pm, 6pm – 11pm
20/2 Nimmanhaemin Road Soi 7
Tel. 061 234 2344
If you like thin-crusted classical Italian pizzas with artisan and creative toppings, then Italics is for you. Fresh out of the oven, each pizza is perfectly blended with the sauce, crust and toppings being carefully balanced so that every bite is consistently delicious.
The dough and sauce are made daily and the longan-wood-fired oven serves each pizza piping hot and infused with that aromatic smoky flavour.
A good test of any pizzeria is in their Margheritas; minimal ingredients and maximum flavour, and Italics has hit the nail on the head, serving up the simplest of pizzas which taste as sophisticated as any fine dining item on the menu.
The parma ham, mozzarella and rocket salad pizza is probably our favourite, though the Chiang Mai six cheeses pizza, using only Chiang Mai-made goat cheese, ricotta, mozzarella, gorgonzola, mascarpone and parmesan, gives it a good run for its money. The Akyra pizza is another pouplar item and is generously decadently loaded with tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms, salami, bacon, blue cheese and truffle paste.
Pizzas start at 280 baht.