At new Italian restaurant GIA, you won’t find any salt and pepper shakers on the tables.Tuscan-born chef Tommaso Gonfiantini is clearly confident in his flavours, and rightly so.
Dishes are a combination of traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist, focusing on fresh, tasty ingredients.
At the new Fashion Avenue in The Dubai Mall, it boasts an outdoor terrace that offers views of The Dubai Fountain.
Meanwhile, the interiors – designed by company Hecker Guthrie and based on 1950s films and architecture – are light and airy, feeling closer to a Japanese restaurant than a traditional Italian trattoria. And the central kitchen is encased in glass panels allowing diners glimpse the live pasta-making.
The burrata salad is (happily) more burrata than salad, with generous mound of creamy cheese resting on a bed of tangy tomatoes and rich basil pesto.
Squid ink gnocchi is bathed in a sea of robust gorgonzola and it’s as visually impressive as it is delicious – fresh, flavourful and authentic, with the black dumplings studding the rich sauce. The Angus beef tenderloin, with spinach two ways (as when is one enough?) is just as appetising.
This is Italian food – and service – as it should be.
The bottom line
Fresh, flavourful dishes with flair.