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Medzo Medzo

Nominated for Best Italian 23 Comments

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An Egyptology-themed lifestyle complex might not be the setting where you’d expect to find an authentic Italian restaurant, making the discovery of Medzo all the more appreciated. The restaurant exudes light, with white drapes and floor-to-ceiling windows creating interesting spaces leading out to the vineyard-style patio. Some of Dubai’s friendliest waiting staff breeze between tables, recommending dishes and chatting amiably to diners. The food, if such a thing is possible, is equally approachable, with chunky pastas, rich tomato-y sauces and juicy seafood nestling in creamy risottos. The highlights come recommended by the restaurant’s matriarch, Nonna Livia. The baby grilled chicken is served with chilli marmalade and the speciality beef tenderloin is recommended with sautéed spinach and garlic. We’ve found the restaurant to be empty on occasion, but catch it on one of the many busy nights and the atmosphere is that of a bustling piazza.
Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7.30pm-11.30pm. Pyramids Wafi, Oud Metha, fnb.sales@wafi.com (04 324 4100).

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Posted by: RJ on 17 Jun ' 13 at 11:15

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Were it not for the sizable discount we were able to make use of, I would have been quite disappointed. The scallops and polenta was very good. Avoid the pizza and though the ravioli reads well on the menu (truffle ravioli with braised veal shank, artichokes& sautéed wild mushrooms), the pasta was undercooked and chewy with the other ingredients fairly indistinguishable. There are probably some more delicious items on the menu but it was a bit too hit and miss for me to return.

Posted by: vivette on 10 Mar ' 13 at 12:37
  • Best for: Romantic

this is a TRULY italian eaterie, LOVE the lovely Nonna Livia, she's amazing!!
the menu is all prepared by her and she oversees all the tables and the orders.

the food was excellent, we really enjoied the scallops with polenta and the lovely tagliata di manzo.

the cappuccino suffle" was divine!

we were very lucky to have been followed so diligently by the lovely lady who even suggested a sublime wine

overall a perfect dinner

Posted by: DG on 06 Sep ' 12 at 14:39
  • Best for: Family friendly

The 'best for' select option on this page does not offer 'fine food and a great restaurant experience' .... it should. We went as a group of 5. 4 more senior, and 1 in her early twenties. This was an exceptional evening. My wife and I spend quite a deal of time in Tuscany and often dine out across Italy. We were delighted, and Nonna is a gracious hostess. Understated - no rubbish glitz - but exceptionally good food, beautifully prepared and presented, and an excellent wine list. Be there, or you will have missed a truly fine dining experience !!!

Posted by: junufer on 25 Aug ' 12 at 18:00
  • Best for: Family friendly

The portions are excessively small and inadequate for main courses despite their good taste, the orange juice had gone extremely sour and was undrinkable. In addition the Italian custard was overcooked and scrambled so it tasted of egg yolk. For the money charged, the food is extremely average with no standout dishes but a few misses. xx

Posted by: Rayzd on 22 Aug ' 12 at 10:05
  • Best for: Romantic

The best Italian food.

Posted by: pink lion on 04 Aug ' 12 at 23:18
  • Best for: Romantic

Worst Italian restaurant in Dubai.
We were too disappointed.

Appetizer - nothing special.
Pizza - the taste was fine but nothing special.
Pasta - Over cooked and no taste.
Main - better than the other foods.
Service - they don't know how to serve the wine. (Maybe during ramadan, I wish.)

I cannot understand why did they receive the prize the time out 2012.

Posted by: Karli on 20 Apr ' 12 at 06:25

By far the best Italian food in town!! the food is AMAZING!!! and Nonna Livia is so passionate about her food and it shows in the delicious menu, she also adds the special touch of coming to visit each table.

The ambiance and atmosphere is lovely and quaint. We will continue to come here as it never disappoints!! :)

Posted by: Kate on 05 Apr ' 12 at 01:54
  • Best for: Romantic

Best Italian in Dubai

Posted by: Stephen on 03 Apr ' 12 at 04:08
  • Best for: Romantic

Perfect I thought and representing some of the best food on offer in Dubai today. Unassuming, unlike 90% of the overrated eateries in this city. It does things simply, credibly and unbelievably well. I cannot fault the service, presentation or choice. The scallops and veal are exceptional.

Staff were unobtrusive, diligent and knowledgeable. No piano or the famous, Nonna but the terrace was very pleasant, spacious and in keeping with the whole brand offering.

Deserves every success

Posted by: dubaicook on 03 Apr ' 12 at 00:03
  • Best for: Romantic

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After living in Dubai for 10 years Medzo remains my favourite restaurant. Whether I'm dining with friends or having a romantic evening with my husband, the atmosphere is always perfect and the food is devine. The terrace during the cooler months is perfect too. Highly recommended.

Posted by: Tariq on 06 Feb ' 12 at 10:20
  • Best for: Romantic

I invited some friends to Medzo it was a nice expeirence everything was perfect except for the relatively loud piano well icouldnt ask the waiter to reduce the volume ... I wasnt alone

Posted by: Clinton on 11 Dec ' 11 at 14:22
  • Best for: Romantic

Nonna is a lovely hostess, she makes you feel right at home. The food was quite extraordinary and service, friendly and prompt. And with soft music playing though the grapevine (!) what more could one ask for in a romantic night out? Definitely recommended!

Posted by: Clinton on 11 Dec ' 11 at 14:20
  • Best for: Romantic

Nonna is a lovely hostess, she makes you feel right at home. The food was quite extraordinary and service, friendly and prompt. And with soft music playing though the grapevine (!) what more could one ask for in a romantic night out? Definitely recommended!

Posted by: Luigi Montana on 19 Aug ' 11 at 21:53
  • Best for: Romantic

We are both italian descendents so we know what italian food is all about. And to be honest, this place is better than quite a few places that we tried in Italy itself. The food was perfect, very fresh, the wine was excellent and the ambience is gorgeuos. We are happy to have discovered such a cozy and beautiful place in Dubai.

Posted by: Maryam on 16 Apr ' 11 at 16:03
  • Best for: Family friendly

their pizza and pasta are great.

Service is good, and speedy.

Great restaurant, the only thing it lacks is a little bit of life because at times the restaurant is too empty and quite.

Posted by: Karen on 07 Feb ' 11 at 13:13

Best food for an italian, my mouth is watering thinking about it... I just love the food and the menu. Livia is a great hostess with fantastic professional service which only adds to the place, the food is very good and I can truly order any dish from the menu and trust it will be good unlike other restaurants. The Mozzarella is the freshest I ve have in Dubai and the use the best ingredients you can tell this restaurants take pride in what they offer and order in for their menu. Always will go back to this place..

Posted by: Cherepashka on 23 Jan ' 11 at 10:09
  • Best for: Romantic

By far, simply the best burrata in town. Thank you Dona Livia!

Posted by: Mrs Bear on 01 Dec ' 10 at 19:38
  • Best for: Business lunch

Had set lunch menu today with my Mum. It was a 3 course meal, inclusive of coffee and water for only 65aed. Both the food and service were exceptional. Would definitely recommend.

Posted by: Jonathan Lambert-Porter on 01 Oct ' 10 at 06:00
  • Best for: Romantic

I took my girlfriend here for dinner based on the reviews that other people had put forward. I can honestly say that the food, ambience (the jazz pianist is brilliant), and the friendliness of the staff made the evening one to remember.

Posted by: Ken on 22 Aug ' 10 at 18:34
  • Best for: Romantic

Genuine Italian sophistication and understated elegance. What a pleasant change from the over the top glitz we have come to accept in Dubai.

The food is superb. If Livia the manager is visiting the tables go with her recommendations. She will tell you what dishes have ingredients freshly arrived from Italy. A great spot for a sophisticated but relaxed dinner with a loved one or close friends. A haven for grown ups with no children under twelve allowed!

We love this place!

Posted by: JC on 16 Jun ' 10 at 07:17
  • Best for: Romantic

Since the refurbishment Medzo not only looks but is no doubt more spacious. The tables are well spaced so you don't feel neighbouring diners may unavoidably intrude on your conversation. The artichoke salad starter is sublime & the duck main course is excellent melt in the mouth quality. Still very much Italian fine dining which complements their policy of no children under 12

Posted by: Hassan on 28 May ' 10 at 19:01
  • Best for: Romantic

Posted by: Adam Adamson on 26 May ' 10 at 12:19
  • Best for: Romantic

Was awesome, a must see.


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