Centro Citta

We stumbled across very average food with a less than average price tag. Very disappointing

  • Centro Citta
For some, Italian words on a restaurant awning are enough to entice them in. Perhaps the diners who packed the room at Centro Citta were lured in with the promise of buffalo mozzarella, paper-thin prosciutto and a creamy bowl of tiramisu. Some, it seems, think Italian food, under any guise, is destined to be good. I can’t understand any other reason that the room at Centro Citta would be quite so full. One look at the blaringly bright room, with its drearily expansive view of the Four Point Sheraton’s lobby, and I was ready to head for any of nearby Karama’s more alluring curry hubs. But mulling over books and covers (and the perils of judging thereof), I decided to stick it out.

My goal for the evening was to eat something light, and if luck wore a C-cup, maybe something fresh and tasty as well. The menu whittled my hopes. Every dish boasted cream sauces, and of the handful of starters on offer, a good chunk were fried. I decided to forego the spring roll/fried shrimp platter (judging by the plates serenading the room, it seemed this was a popular choice) and instead settled for what turned out to be a tasteless grouping of overly thick bresaola (air-dried cured beef) and bland salad greens.

For a main, I was craving some angel hair in a light tomato sauce, or perhaps a simple pesto, but it was not to be. The only pasta offerings were the ultra-rich alfredo, carbonara and the slightly lighter arrabiata. I skipped pastas and instead ordered the chicken lite (sic). Alas, it didn’t live up to its promise, as the overcooked breast came doused in lemon cream sauce, served alongside a desert-dry mound of garlic mashed potatoes. My date’s flavourless slab of grilled salmon came with a few whole leaves of spinach for good show. We weren’t tempted to order dessert.

For the kind of ‘Italian’ food you could get at Pizza Hut, the price tag was rather startling. I couldn’t understand how a restaurant such as this could justify charging nearly Dhs300 for stunningly average fare, and even less how so many patrons would be so eager to pay it.

The bill (for two)
1x Large bottle Alfa water Dhs12
1x Insalata Caprese Dhs50
1x Bresaola Dhs50
1x Grilled salmon Dhs110
1x Chicken lite Dhs65
Total (including service) Dhs287 Centro Citta
5 1

By Daisy Carrington | 02 March 2009

Location: - Bur Dubai
Tel: 04 316 9711
Travel: Al Mankhool Road
Cuisine: Italian
Experiences: Alcohol available
Times: Open daily 12.30pm-11pm
Price range: Dhs50-199
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
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  • Leslie Nelson Jan 06, 2012 08:19 pm
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
    Best for:
    We opened our new Entertainer Family book for 2012 to a random page and got Centro Citta. It's not convenient, but why not try something different? We might find a gem.

    We didn't. The waitstaff was clueless. It was like they had the buffet restaurant and put a little partition in the front for the Italian restaurant. The waitress, however polite she was, didn't know the menu and didn't know anything about table service. After we ordered we waited a reasonable amount of time and our starters arrived. One in our party had ordered a pizza for his main which came out with the salads. He's not much of a complainer so didn't say anything, until we realized that was just that handful of plates. They were serving us all of our dishes at once! We told them not to serve us our mains until after we'd eaten our starters. And you know what comes next. When we got our plates, they were ice cold. When we complained, and to their credit, they made the pasta over. I don't think they started fresh with my chicken parmigiana (not an authentic Italian dish, by the way) was VERY dry and more like a spiedini than parmigiana. The fried calamari I thought was fine but my husband didn't like. The caprese salad had decent tomato and mozzerella but there was virtually no balsamic on it so it was pretty much 3 slices of tomato with the same slices of mildly watery cheese.

    So in short, the waitress was lovely but clueless, the utter basics of restaurant service were not understood, the chicken was wildly overcooked, the pizza was awful and the wine was awful (although admittedly we can't really blame them for that). In short, if you are staying at the Four Points, DO NOT eat in this restaurant.
  • Yvan Mar 13, 2009 03:57 pm
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
    Expensive tasteless food in a boring atmosphere.Avoid like plague!

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