From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2009
Dubai is well stocked with copy-cat Italian eateries, most of them unremarkable, but Certo stands out for its consistent fine food and reasonable prices.

Try as it does, the somewhat dramatic decor can’t brush off the business hotel vibe, but it is a very good option for lunching suits, if not for those after romance.

The cannellini bean soup with rosemary, garlic and basil oil is outstanding – unshowy but packed with flavour. Jumbo prawns come wrapped in ‘lardo’ pork and bedded in a fragrant pile of lentils. Meanwhile the ‘artisan’ pasta, not quite the measure of fresh homemade pasta, is nevertheless paired well with parma ham and porcini mushrooms. Desserts don’t disappoint, with thoughtful, inventive dishes.

A simple bowl of strawberries in balsamic vinegar and thick-ground pepper is a good example. For atmosphere and service, there are better options, but Certo is certainly up there with its more expensive rivals.