Most of us can’t resist a good pizza or a tasty pasta, but which are the best Italians in Dubai to try?
Take a look at our 10 favourite Italian dining spots in Dubai
Quattro: The sweeping golf club at the Four Seasons gives the restaurant plenty of atmosphere, but it’s the food that makes Quattro stand out. The ingredients are unrelentingly fresh, too (the buffalo mozzarella – creamy and drooling – is the best we’ve sampled in Dubai).
Bussola: With the beachside setting and laidback ambience, it’s easy to see why this Italian restaurant is so popular. Thoughtful combinations thread through the entire menu. Choose between a sunny terrace, a formal arrangement downstairs or a pizzeria on the roof.
Certo: Dubai is well-stocked with copy-cat Italian eateries, but Certo stands out for its consistent fine food, great pizzas and reasonable prices.
Medzo: Medzo is well loved in Dubai and for good reason. The setting is rich and moody, service is easygoing but slick, the menu is engaging and the food is top notch.
Bice: This immense restaurant, reminiscent of a colonial dining room on a luxury cruise liner, emanates warmth and buzzes with conversation. One of Dubai’s safest bets for a good Italian dining experience.
Cucina: Cucina makes a wholehearted effort to contain a small slice of Italy within its four walls, and it does so with no little charm. The pizza chef takes his stage in one corner, flinging dough ceilingwards; across the way, the service hatch resembles the kind of old-world, fenced-off lifts you see all over Italy.
Frankie’s Italian Bar and Grill: Frankie’s, a joint venture between Frankie Dettori and Marco Pierre White, lacks the snooty feel of so many of its rivals in Dubai; the resulting atmosphere is buzzing and informal. The menu is a fairly traditional spread of Italian favouries, with a smattering of invention, presumably from the repertoire of MPW.
Pregos: Prego’s is the sort of well-thought out dining experience that settles nerves. From the excellent menu (complete with an inspired selection of cold cuts and salads) to the playfully creative chefs, the food is of a high quality.
Ronda Locatelli Restaurant: Helmed by the Italian Michelin-star chef (and UK celebrity) Giorgio Locatelli, this Atlantis restaurant turns out good old-fashioned Italian food, elevated to new heights.
Vivaldi: Set yourself up on the terrace of this long-standing Italian, focaccia and tapenade in hand, and there’s a sense of enduring appeal. Twinkling dhows glide by below, while diners get to enjoy some consistently competent Italian grub.