Type of cuisine: Pizza
From the Italian oven to the Italian chef, Rossovivo has got pizzas covered. Its vast menu is made greater with the option to customise any pizza easily. Add porcini, truffle oil, bresaola and ricotta to create your perfect pizza.
Favourite dish: Capricciosa. Tomato, mozzarella, mushrooms, olives, turkey Ham, beef salami, artichokes and basil. A perfect mix.
Average price: Less than Dhs150
Delivery area: Palm, Dubai Marina, JLT, The Springs, Emirates Hills, The Greens, Dubai Media City, Al Barsha, Al Sufouh, Barsha Heights, Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah, Satwa, Al Jafiliya, Dubai World Trade Centre, Business Bay, Downtown Dubai, DIFC, Jumeirah Village Circle.
Traditional restaurant customs have been relaxed at Vapiano. Instead of taking a seat and asking a waiter for a dish, you’re expected to walk between various cooking stations and select your dish with an electronic ordering system. In the same manner as a brunch, you wander around various areas and choose from a plethora of classic Italian dishes. There are dried herbs at the cooking areas and fresh basil on the tables, which allow you to season dishes to your taste. The venue itself is clean and neat but also a tad impersonal and sterile. While healthier than other fast food outlets, the dishes, despite being freshly prepared, are merely competent and the experience of dining at Vapiano fails to achieve anything memorable or convey the passion that should be associated with Italian food. We understand the concept when the venue’s busy, but at quieter times we’re not sure about paying not to be served.
This restaurant’s take-out cousin has been on the speed dial of Dubai’s pizza-lovers for a few years now and the chain’s expansion cross the city is testament to its popularity. Don’t expect to find modern twists or fusion creations here – 800 Pizza is about authenticity of both the ingredients used and the recipes followed. Despite a handful of unambitious appetisers and salads as well as a small selection of pasta dishes (including gluten-free options, we were pleased to note), we’d recommend sticking to the eponymous pizzas. Dough is freshly-prepared on the premises every day while buffalo milk cheese, rich and creamy in taste and texture, is imported directly from Italy. Toppings are bold and well-combined, with red cabbage and walnut or salmon and zucchini varieties being the standouts. Follow up with a crispy Sicilian cannoli, and this is a decent mid-priced stab at genuine Italian dining.