The menu at GIA Dubai is created by Tuscan-born chef Tommaso Gonfiantini. Dishes are a combination of traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist, focussing on fresh ingredients, some directly imported from Italy. Highlights include pizza, pasta and main courses such as salt-baked sea bass, chicken cacciatora and lamb chops.
The stars of the show, however, are the desserts, which are described as “nostalgic and full of flavour”. They include a classic tiramisu, profiteroles Nutella and baba al frutti di bosco.
The space is airy and bright and, according to the team “blends classy modernity with a twist of retro”.
Interiors designed by company Hecker Guthrie. There are glass screens around the kitchen “creating a dramatic glow box”, putting the chefs centre stage.
“Inspiration came from Italian 1950’s films and architecture,” says Paul Hecker of Hecker Guthrie
Meanwhile Cova – the famous Italian pasticceria – opened earlier this month.
It’s the first Middle Eastern venture for the brand, which was founded in 1817, and boasts a menu packed with treats.
“We are proud to offer a touch of Italian tradition to Dubai,” says Paola Faccioli, CEO of Cova. “Our heritage, history and exceptional products are more than two centuries old. The location we have chosen is stunning as much as the one in Milan, right in the middle of the luxury shopping district.
“Today, Cova counts 27 locations around the world, including the latest opening in Monte Carlo, and we cannot wait to share our famous hand-made panettone with the international, demanding and refined clientele of one of the most aspirational city in the world.”
A bowl of pasta sounds like the perfect way to relax after a spot of shopping to us.
Gia: Open Sun-Wed 10am-midnight, Thu-Sat 10am-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 2349986). Cova: Open Sun-Wed 10am-midnight, Thu-Sat 10am-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, www.covamilano.com.