Pom Pui

Affordable and hearty

What we say: 4 stars

The vast majority of visitors and expats appreciate the delights of Thai cuisine (which incidentally can help with life’s trials and tribulations) but every now and then most people are going to fancy a change from street and market food. Now while Thais will happily eat rice at least three times a day (indeed the Thai words for ‘eat rice’ and simply ‘to eat’ — kin khao — are one and the same), many Westerners unused to such a diet can get “riced out” sooner or later — and even Thais want a change every now and again as well.

Rice, rice and more rice....

Rice, rice and more rice ...

Italian, always being popular, and pizza being a regular fave in most nations on the planet these days, we thought we’d suggest as a change one of the best Italian restaurants in Chiang Mai, the excellent Pum Pui.

Now there are quite a lot of Italian eateries and pizzerias in town among the huge array of eateries to begin with, with good value, backpacker fave Roberto’s, and the upmarket (though we have found somewhat erratic Piccola Roma being worth mentions too.

Tubby Italian Trattoria

Tubby Italian Trattoria.

Pum Pui — the name is a polite way of saying overweight in Thai, kind of like tubby or podgy — falls between the two; it’s not the cheapest in town nor the most chic but it’s a good value for money, mid-range establishment. The excellent thin base and very large pizzas at Pum Pui go for 200 to 300 baht depending on topping, and you’ll find an extensive menu of salad, pasta, fish and meat dishes too and an extensive drinks and wine list. Dishes are nothing flashy but well prepared, hearty servings of classic Italian dishes.

Still life with pepper grinder

Still life with pepper grinder.

Another big plus at Pum Pui is their very pleasant, tree-filled dining area, which with its terracotta tiles adds a definite Italian-ness to the place. There’s an inside seating area for rainy season and tables on the balcony in the old wooden house at the rear of the garden. The restaurant is located down a quiet soi in the old city, so it’s central but peaceful, with no tuk tuk fumes to spoil your rosemary and oregano aromas.

Think that's the diavola?

Think that's the diavola?

Contact details
24/1 Moonmuang Soi 2
T: (053) 278 209
Open: Lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday
About the author
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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T: (053) 278 209

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