Three new Italian restaurants to try in Dubai – from seaside to traditional

Mamma mia – there’s been an Italian invasion in the city. And we love it


Can you hear those whoops of joy? That’s carb-lovers around the city reacting to the news that three new Italian restaurants are now in town. Pasta, pizza and more burrata than you can shake a panini at, check out the latest arrivals, pronto.

Housed in the brand-new Stella Di Mare hotel, this restaurant is set to open shortly and has artsy interiors, apparently inspired by the flair of painter Leonardo da Vinci. Dishes are traditional including beef tartare, spaghetti cacao e pepe and gnocchi with lobster ragout. Main courses include turbot with creamy garlic potatoes, duck with mango and grapefruit sauce, lamb rack and beef tenderloin. Meanwhile there are desserts such as coffee granita.
Stella Di Mare, Dubai Marina (055 900 6446).

La Strega

This new spot at Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa promises a “traditional warm trattoria atmosphere”. Décor is rustic, while there’s also an al fresco patio overlooking the sea. Food comes from head chef Christian Carrieri, who said, “Our menu consists of authentic, well-known dishes such as spaghetti as well as regional interpretations such as ravioli burrata with cherry tomato sauce.”
Open daily 7pm-midnight. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).


Looking for something suitably swanky? This posh new Venetian serves up “traditional dishes with a twist”. all’onda comes from top US chef Chris Jaeckle and there’s an innovative menu that blends Italian and Japanese cuisine, packed full of seafood, pasta, risottos and Venetian chicchetti – little bites served with drinks.
Open Sat-Wed 5pm-1am, Thu-Fri 5pm-2am. Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai, Palm Jumeriah (04 248 8870).

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