Simple and easy-going, this family-friendly Italian eatery with its rustic wooden furniture and homely charm is a peaceful little place for a relaxed meal.
The menu, like the setting, is also simple – just one big card listing food on one side and drinks on the other.
Its unhurried air extends to the staff, but sadly not in that good way. Orders take time to be noted down and food seems to take an age to come out of the kitchen.
When dishes finally arrive they’re decent, home-style comforting plates, and while there are some showy elements – the carpaccio di manzo comes with shaved black truffle rather than Parmesan cheese, for example – they still feel classic and accessible.
The pollo alla cacciatora (braised chicken with tomato sauce, green olives and mashed potato), is seasoned enough to enliven the meat, without overpowering the freshness of the tomato sauce and bold taste of the olives in the dish. Flavours are just as nicely balanced in the ricciola dish (pan-fried amberjack with cherry tomatoes and taggiasche olives), which is light and well executed.
Prices are steep for what it is, though. Our meal for two rings up to Dhs457. And for such straightforward food, that seems a little hard to justify.
The bottom line Honest Italian food, but you might not like the price.
Marco's Italian Kitchen