There is quite a large Italian expat community in Krabi and many of them have chosen to open restaurants. Though they not may not always get along with each other, they do generally produce excellent food from the restricted choice of ingredients available here. Because of this limitation, most places stick to the tried and tested pasta and pizza type menus, though some also offer a selection of antipasti, salads and secondi piatti (meat and fish mains).
If you do prefer something a little more sophisticated, Umberto’s, Di Mare and Limoncello (in Dusit Thani Resort, Klong Muang) are the places to try. La Luna on Ao Nang beachfront also has an extensive mid-range Italian menu.
Of course pizza could now almost be considered an international dish, and there are a large number of non-Italian owned restaurants in Ao Nang offering the ever-popular pizza and pasta fare: these might be of interest if you are not especially fussed about authenticity, if you have special dietary requirements, or if you happen to like a particular interpretation of the Italian cuisine.
For example, good Halal pizzas can be found at most of the Indian – Bangladeshi restaurants on the beachfront; the Swedish-style pizzas at Aning have the super thin crust and extra toppings beloved of Scandinavians; and for deep-pan or stuffed crust American versions, hit The Pizza Company (a Pizza Hut style chain) inside Vogue in Krabi Town.
On this page however, we have restricted our listings to offerings from authentic Italian chefs, or executive chefs. Pizza tends to be very difficult to recommend objectively – one man’s ‘thin and crispy’ is another’s ‘dry and tasteless’ – so if you have come here looking for the “best pizza in Krabi”, sadly we will not be making any such foolhardy claims. However you are sure to find one to your liking from the list below: each has their own local fanbase (including us!), swearing they are the best. If you have time, try them all and make up your own mind!
A Krabi Town institution.
Pizzas: thin, crispy and generous with the topping; good selection
Pasta: good homemade ravioli, very generous amount of sauce
Other food: decent steaks, sandwiches and salads
Ambience: a streetfront restaurant, with some tables out front for people-watching, as well as a breezy dining room.
Location: Preuksa Uthit Rd, Krabi Town. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Lovely staff and tasty food.
Pizzas: crisp with a hint of chewiness, generous with the topping
Pasta: good choice of sauces, well cooked and seasoned
Other food: excellent four cheese gnocchi and perfectly sized mini-tiramisu
Ambience: somewhat bare a/c dining room with a few tables outside.
Location: Maharat Soi 10, Krabi Town. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Award winning Italian cuisine
Pizzas: authentic, but much better options available here food-wise
Pasta: excellent filled pasta, large range of sauces
Other food: good quality meat selection, melting risottos
Ambience: chic, high ceilinged dining room, usually always busy in the evening
Location: Inside Alisea Hotel in Ao Nang (separate entrance). Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Rustic, handmade pizza at its best
Pizzas: medium thick, chewy crust, average toppings, regional specialties + Thai pizza!
Pasta: nope, pizza only
Other food: vegan, gluten-free options, pizza by the slice and home delivery available
Ambience: large pavilion, with mainly expat clientele.
Location: End of Ao Nang Soi 9 (in old Krua Rom Yen building). Open daily from 4.30 – 11.30pm.
Traditional crust, fully loaded.
Pizzas: medium springy Napoletana crust with a bite, huge choice of toppings, including traditional Italian
Pasta: pre-made lasagna in various forms is available
Other food: no, this is a proper pizzeria
Ambience: expat hangout with a few garden dining salas.
Location: Just past the Nathai junction, heading towards Klong Haeng. Open daily from 5 – 9.30pm.
Longest serving Italian restaurant in Ao Nang.
Pizzas: very thin crust, small size, average toppings, traditional Italian choice including white pizza
Pasta: excellent home made pasta, large range of sauces
Other food: good antipasti, carpaccio
Ambience: street front, good for people-watching; inside dining room can be hot and noisy
Location: In the centre of the main beachfront road in Ao Nang. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Neighbourhood carb cafe.
Pizzas: medium crust, average toppings + weekly all you can eat pizza night
Pasta: basic and filling, but not showstopping
Other food: good salads and well-stocked deli counter, breakfast service
Ambience: indoor / outdoor dining room
Location: opposite Tesco in Ao Nang. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Tourist Italian fare, done well.
Pizzas: thin base, generous toppings spread to edge of crust
Pasta: decent choice and equally generous with the sauce
Other food: grilled meats, seasonal specials, good mid-range beachfront option
Ambience: street front, but elevated so not noisy; upstairs room can be hot
Location: On the main beachfront road in Ao Nang, just past Krabi Resort. Open daily 11am to 11pm.
Special occasion dining by the sea.
Pizzas: thin crust, small size, more unusual toppings / combinations than at other places
Pasta: less inspiring but still a good selection, beautifully presented
Other food: all primary ingredients here are top notch, and no pork is served
Ambience: intimate, cosy and open air – just next to the beach
Location: Inside Tubkaak Boutique Resort. Open daily for dinner only.