Chiangmai Mail Reporters
talking with Nienke Parma from Lucky Dogs (front left), explaining Italian
customs and traditions.
While others prepare themselves for pre-Christmas or
Christmas celebrations and ‘end of the year’ parties, La Bella Italia
put a traditional Italian Food Festival on their calendar of events.
This authentic Italian place which breathes the Italian
character and enthusiasm of Franco and Roberto the owners, was filled to
capacity, as were the plates which came from the kitchen and the glasses on
getting help from the youngest guests to draw raffle prizes while the duo
in the background announced the lucky winners.
It was a ‘trio night’. A trio of starters which
consisted of Penne Salmone, Risotto al Funghi and a vegetarian Lasagne, was
followed by a trio of main dishes, and for the sweet tooth’s among the
guests, a trio of desserts.
During the authentic Italian munching, an Italian –
Thai musical duo entertained the guests with (non-Italian) folk songs and
As it was just a couple of nights before Christmas, a
raffle let some lucky ones go home with gift baskets, wine or authentic
Franco and Roberto are already in the stages of planning another really
Italian outing on December 31st where
the emphasis will be on seafood and Italian ‘champagne’, or more
correctly ‘methode cham-penoise’.