These are our top options for the the Best Italian Restaurants in Dubai that we guarantee will have you swooning. Honestly, I have always thought that Italian cuisine is a cuisine that can be done well relatively easily. But the more I dine out, the more I have come to recognize that if not enough care and attention is put into selecting the right quality of ingredients, it just doesn’t work. An Italian Quattro Formaggio pizza made with subpar ingredients is an absolute disaster. Made with the high-quality Italian cheese, you cannot beat its tantalizing simplicity. With that in mind, to make your life easier, we have rounded up some of our favourite Italian restaurants in the city that continue to impress and take great care in the sourcing of their ingredients.
While this restaurant might not have anything to offer in the way of exceptional views, we still love it here. It is a lovely low key but romantic date restaurant that has great service, which we can attest to, and a wonderful walk in cellar. But best of all are the chefs in the kitchen. I had the best grilled octopus of my life here at this place when I sampled their special concept Truffle Menu a few months back. Now, Teatro is cooking up something new and you can join their Executive Chef Pasquale Sipone for a Taste of Italy at Teatro from the 13th -30th April 2017. Chef Pasquale is mixing it up with contemporary Italian dishes as well as some good old Italian classics that speak to the heart. All dishes are paired with carefully selected wines to make for one satisfying dining experience. The special menu features 5 dishes: Osso Bucco Milanese served with saffron carnaroli risotto, Costine di Manzo Brasate (slow braised black angus short ribs with truffle Idaho potato and broccoli), Carré di Agnello al Forno (herbs and pesto crusted lamb with berry jelly, green pea purée and lamb jus), Tentacoli di Polpo con Capesante (grilled octopus with asparagus, squid ink and butternut purée) and Lobster Ravioli served with scallop, prawn, porcini mushroom, basil cress and tomato cream sauce.
You can round off the night if you still have space with the traditional Italian dessert Classic Tiramisu or Crespelle Farcita, delicious crepes filled with a gorgeous Chantilly cream alongside an orange sauce. Sounds good to me.
This winner of an Italian restaurant always pops up again and again on the must-try lists. If you are looking for something that is leaning towards the sophisticated, then I highly recommend their elegant Friday brunch. It is a set menu, which is a little different from most brunch buffets and makes for a classier afternoon out. To start off you will be able to share starters that are designed to captivate you from the get go. The Trilogia di Crostacei e Avocado combines crab, lobster and king prawns with a nice and light pink seafood sauce and the other must try is the Polpo Mediterraneo Stufato Nell’Olio con Funghi di Bosco e Salsa Verde ligure which is a slow-cooked octopus, tenderized to perfection and served with wild mushrooms and a green sauce made from capers. For your mains you may select from a few options. The Roman style fettuccine satisfies with its black truffle and creamy Parmesan sauce. If you are after something meatier, than we recommend the Grigliata di carne alla brace which is black Angus tenderloin served with lamb and chicken. Of course, you can then round this all off with their dessert buffet to finish on a high note of sweetness.
Just be sure to book early and guarantee yourself and your fellow diners a table out on the terrace. You will have super views of the Burj Al Arab, which are unbeatable.
Ah, this place. This is one of my friends “go to” restaurants whenever she is hosting friends from abroad. Located at the Dubai’s landmark Jumeirah Beach Hotel, if you are after tasty Italian fare with unparalelled views of the Burj Dubai and the marina then this place is hard to beat. You can get it all here. It has more of a rustic European feel here, which makes it great for al fresco dining for that casual and relaxed lunch that goes on well into the afternoon. One of the signature dishes that is a must try is the Manzo Wagyu Burger. Not exactly strictly classic Italian, it is still a winner with its smoked mozzarella, rocket leaves, tomato confit and sweet bell peppers. Served with off the charts amazing Parmesan fries, you will be left truly sated. Their antipasti also rates highly, with their more traditional Italian Fritto Misto – a mix of seafood, roasted garlic and caper aioli – making a taste statement. For vegetarians and those not in a carnivorous mood, their Asparagus & Ricotta Ravioli is bound to make an impression. Then, you can round off your meal with their signature Panna cotta and all will be well with the world.
Our Italian Top list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of this good Italian old favourite. Upstairs, it is casual. Downstairs, more fine dining. Honestly, anything off the menu here is great. That is no overstatement. The chicken – the Galletto alla Diavola – is chargrilled chicken marinated in a chili, olive oil and lemon juice. It is simple, and heavenly. The seabass too is unbelievable. Original and aromatic, this fish is accompanied with sautéed wild field leaves, chicory, fennel and other interesting botanics. Making it light and refreshing. But like I said, anything here is guaranteed to be good. Couple that with the beachy vibe and great sundowners, and you really can’t go far wrong.
Looking for that stylish, next level type restaurant for a special occasion? Ristorante might be just the place. Minimalist design and unrivaled views of the Fountain make for an atmosphere that is hard to beat. And on top of that, the kitchen is in the middle of the restaurant, giving you a feel of what it’s like to prepare a menu such as Ristorante’s. It’s hard not to watch while your dishes are expertly and delicately prepared. The menu consists of creative contemporary dishes as well as traditional options with a modern twist. All dishes are made with ingredients of the highest quality, and you can taste that in every bite. The flavours jump out at you.
We’ve raved about Ritz Carlton’s restaurants before, and one of the reasons is their setting. Award-winning Splendido has an elegant, classic dining room décor, but also has a lovely patio on the resort’s gardens, making for a romantic and beautiful evening out. Food-wise, think rich, modern cooking with creamy pastas and risotto, as well as creative options with ingredients such as duck and goose.
Alta Badia’s views and clean, classy décor make for a refined setting. The restaurant focuses on specialities from Northern Italy, which include more rustic ingredients such as barley and vanilla, combined with meat and seafood of excellent quality. Popular for business lunches and dinners during the week, on weekends it’s a great place for a sophisticated date or dinner with friends. There is an extensive wine menu, so ample choices for pairing with the different courses of your meal. Staff are well versed in the menu and wine list, and friendly.
Roberto’s is another classy affair, but one with a long legacy in Dubai. The menu is a bit more traditional than some of the other venues listed above, but still has a few modern twists. Some of the dishes (like the salads) are prepared in front of you at your table. There’s a lot to choose from in terms of meat and fish, but save some space for dessert as they are handmade and divine. Award-winning Roberto’s is often full so make sure to book before you head over. If the weather isn’t too hot the terrace is a nice place to sit and watch the evening go by while enjoying your meal, drinks and company.
Of course, if you have tried or are planning to treat yourself to anyone of the above Italian restaurants, be sure to let us know and comment on your experience. Keep Dining loves to hear from you!