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Highly Commended Best Italian
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Roberto’s stays away from the Italian clichés of chequered table clothes and Roman iconography on the walls. Instead, the venue is designed with classic elegance and simplicity. The tables are dressed with white linen table clothes and tiny tea light candles, creating a romantic setting after dark. The menu is divided into courses of antipasti, soups, pasta dishes and seafood-heavy main dishes. A simple and delicious way to start is with the burrata: a perfect combination of creamy mozzarella and tomatoes. Of the pasta dishes, the spaghetti carbonara with wagyu beef bacon is mouth-wateringly good, though the classic fettucini bolognese isn’t quite as exciting. Between the trendy location and views of Dubai’s skyline, chic setting and overall well-executed menu, Roberto’s is a good spot for a lively dinner out.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight (lounge open noon-2am). Gate Village, DIFC, (04 386 0066). Business lunch: Dhs119 (two courses). Daily noon-3pm. Brunch: Dhs360 (with soft drinks), Dhs425 (with grape), Dhs495 (with premium beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4.30pm.

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