Top spots and dishes for you to indulge in some carb-tastic loveliness
It’s World Pasta Day today (October 25), apparently, which means we can satisfy all our carb cravings and justify it. Here are five places you can get your hands on some glorious Italian dishes to celebrate this wonderful occasion. Scroll through the gallery above to find somewhere near you.
Leopold’s of London Is there a more comforting combo than carbs and cheese? Doubtful, in our books. This mac ’n’ cheese is a deliciously creamy, rich and filling dish. Al dente pasta is smothered in the perfectly cheesy sauce, and then topped with an apple and rocket salad, which is sharp enough to cut through the thick cheese making it filling without being sickly. Perfect for a lazy Saturday when nothing but cheese will do. Various locations including The Beach, JBR, www.leopoldsoflondon.com (04 430 6841).
Ricetta From Wednesday October 25 until Tuesday 31, you can get your hands on a free pasta dish for everyone ordered. There’s no limit to the time of day you can go and get your fill of glorious carbs, the offer is available during opening hours at this Bur Dubai Italian spot. From noon until 3pm and 7pm until midnight daily you can try a range of brilliant dishes, including classic beef ragu, arrabbiata and carbonara. Daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Four Points by Sheraton, Bur Dubai (04 397 7444).
Shakespeare and Co. The fettuccine al funghi is a bit naughty, we’re not going to lie. But if you’re a dairy-lover, this creamy pasta is a winner. It’s full of wild mushrooms (one of your five-a-day there, ahem) in a light alfredo sauce and Parmesan cheese. It’s on the rich side. We applaud you if you finish it (but you’re at home therefore next to a fridge so there’s no reason not to save some for later). Various locations including The Dubai Mall, www.shakespeare-and-co.com.
Via Vita Inspired by the streets of Southern Italy, “Via Vita brings Nonnas traditional cooking and authenticity straight to your table by presenting great Italian food made with love,” say the team behind it. There’s an extensive menu packed full of treats, from salads to pasta (think veggie lasagne, risotto with mushrooms, Sorrentina-style gnocci et al) and a selection of tomato and white pizzas. Open daily 11am-11pm. Cluster V, JLT (800 842 8482).