Vivaldi is a warm, open plan restaurant with a comfy lounge area, softly lit balcony with a captivating view of the Creek. Reasonably priced, for a five-star hotel, it offers staple Italian dishes cooked with good ingredients, no gimmicks. We ordered a classic option of arrabiata with penne pasta and the four cheese pizza with goat’s cheese. The pasta, cooked slightly al dente, and the pizza with a crispy, yet soft thin base cooked in their stone fire oven – both hit the spot. This is the ideal place to impress a date without breaking the bank. However, in contrast to all the little eateries around in Deira, you won’t find that sense of local family owned here.