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Named after managing partner Roberto Riella, described as the godfather of Italian cuisine in Dubai, and with something of a dream team behind the scenes, this Italian restaurant has built up an almighty buzz in the city. Mercifully, its burgeoning reputation is deserved, thanks to a combination of slick styling, a vibrant lounge area and impressive classic Italian cooking. As would be expected from this upscale neighbourhood, prices are DIFC-sized, but don’t let that put you off. From a toothsome octopus sopressetta with saffron potato and black mussel salad to the warm chocolate cake dessert, the standard of cooking is first-rate. It is the mains, however, that will most captivate your taste buds. The pan-seared veal tenderloin with grilled asparagus and onion tart demonstrates the chef’s playfulness with modernising classic dishes. If it’s cool enough, take a seat on the al fresco terrace and revel in the views of Downtown Dubai.
Open daily noon-3pm, 8pm-midnight. The Gate Village, DIFC, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.robertos.ae (04 386 0066).
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