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Nominated for Best Italian
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Specialising in Sicilian-style eats, the restaurant may be intimate, but it serves up generous plates of creative, authentic pasta, risotto and much more besides. Start light with delicate slices of carpaccio to save room for one of the hearty pizzas or daily specials (which, in the past, have included a particularly impressive baby squid ink risotto). Adventurous palates should try the pizza marinara with fresh spicy sardines, which is lavishly dressed with tomato sauce, plump black olives, chilli, sweet cherry tomatoes, creamy blobs of burrata and thick fillets of marinated sardines, with a bitey acidic tang. Sicilia is a real gem.
Open daily 12.30pm-2.30pm, 7pm-11pm. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai, The Gardens (04 444 0000).

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