Time Out Dubai is the definitive voice on Dubai's best restaurants, including Italian restaurants. Here's a guide to where to get pizza and pasta, and more.
If you’re craving a pizza with all the toppings, could do with a carb-loaded pasta dish, or simply want to devour a ton of cheese, we’ve got the best suggestions from Rome to Naples abroad. Time Out has visited each and every restaurant to put them through their paces, assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
There's always a great sense of occasion when visiting the Armani Hotel, and that's heightened when visiting its signature restaurant '“ Armani/Ristorante. The interiors are what you'd expect from an Armani venue: clean, crisp and minimal. The real show-stopper, though, is the view if you can enjoy seated on the terrace. Could this be the best view of the Dubai Fountain from a restaurant? Quite possibly. As you would expect from a multiple award winning restaurant, the food is excellent. Every course is crafted to perfection, and service is suitably slick and professional for such a restaurant.
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.
You expect a certain degree of sophistication from the Italian restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton and Splendido doesn't disappoint. The chic New York-style décor, smooth soundtrack and understated elegance are all there. But it is when Splendido lets its guard down and acts a little less stuffy that the charm appears. Be guided out onto the outdoor terrace by some of the most casual and warm waiters we've met in Dubai and enjoy the alfresco setting with palm trees and sea views. The food is modern Italian with as much emphasis on presentation as piling high sauces and flavours. A breaded swordfish dish is not a Dubai staple and deserves a look, as do the handful of meat dishes including a beef tenderloin with foie gras or roasted duck breast with chickpea croquette and truffle honey. By night this is a romantic restaurant but visit in the day for a lazy, afternoon in the sun.