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Barilla review

Family-friendly mall eatery that won’t break the bank

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Shopping with kids can be stressful at the best of times, and never more so than when hunger pangs kick in. Dubai Festival City Mall has a wealth of offerings to ease those grumbles, but they’re mostly at the “treat day” end of the scale.

If you’re after something other than fried food or ice cream, then Barilla is a safe choice, offering a range of classic Italian dishes such as fresh pastas, pizzas and salads.

Being a leading pasta producer, you’d expect Barilla’s dishes in this area to be top-notch – and you’d be right.

Gluten-free, wholewheat and regular versions are all on offer, with a range of sauces. We love the primavera, which comes packed with plenty of al dente veggies (carrots, peppers, mushrooms and courgettes) and a well-seasoned tomato sauce.

A chicken and mushroom risotto isn’t quite as well received, being on the bland side in terms of looks and taste.

The best news, however? Barilla does a cracking kids’ deal, where you’ll get a pasta dish (pesto, pomodoro, alfredo or Bolognse) or pizza (margherita), plus a fruit salad and a drink for just Dhs29.

Healthy, fast and fresh. You can’t really ask for more from mall dining, now can you?
Open Sun-Thu 9am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-midnight. Unlicensed. Dubai Festival City Mall (04 706 8131).

The bottom line
Fresh, tasty Italian food at decent prices.

Time Out Dubai,

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