Who would have guessed that some of the best Italian food you’ll find on your travels can be had in a small, hole-in-the-wall restaurant on the main road in Kai Bae.
Mordi e Fuggi serves up simple Italian dishes. But all made under the supervision of the Italian owner and using fresh and imported ingredients. The menu is relatively short, only 30 or so items in total. Divided equally between pizzas and pastas. Plus some daily specials which change regularly.
This is pizza and pasta made the Italian way, only with freshly made dough. Not the Thai way with shop bought, dry pasta and pre-made bases. Service is quick and efficient and the owner, Jo, is always on hand to help out with questions about the menu or advice on ordering. This includes wine pairings. There’s an extensive wine selection to accompany your meal. But, as tax is very high on wine in Thailand, a bottle to go with pizza or pasta will almost double the price of the meal. Figure on 900 – 1,300 for a bottle. Have a Peroni beer instead, way more affordable at 150 Baht and just as Italian.
My favourites include the ravioli – spinach or duck are both excellent. The antipasti platter, which has a great selection of cold cuts and cheeses. And the pizzas which manage to combine the right amount of softness, chewiness and crispness in the base plus generous toppings are always good. And for dessert old favourites like panna cotta and tiramisu are on offer. Plus creamy, amaretto parfait which is ideal if you want to gain weight.
It is a small restaurant, so booking in advance is advisable for groups or large families. But in addition to the handful of tables in the main restaurant area facing the road, there is a private dining room that can seat a group of 12 at the rear of the restaurant.
All in all, a restaurant worth making a trip for when you’re on the island and need a taste of home. And the lively, cosy atmosphere makes a pleasant change to large, impersonal beach restaurants.
Price: $$ – $$$
Location: Two locations in Kai Bae. Main branch is roadside, opposite Wine Gallery, 150 metres north of Gajapuri Resort. ( And a smaller location with limited menu opposite Tesco Lotus minimart, 150 metres south of Gajapuri Resort. )
These restaurant reviews are just my thoughts on a place at the time I visited. I’ll mention if I know the owner well or get any freebies. But for the most of the time I am happy to play tourist and don’t mention this site at all. Obviously it isn’t possible to sample every dish on the menu and the type of food you have for lunch will differ to evening. In addition, owners and more importantly chefs, can change and your experience may differ from mine. If it does, post a comment below.