When a restaurant has history going back more than 1,000 years, we have high hopes. And at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, the new Italian restaurant at Jumeirah Al Naseem, all the signs are there for it to be very good indeed. For while the name Il Borro might be new to Dubai, the Estate of the same name in Tuscany has roots going back to Roman times, when it was used as a lookout on the Roman road Cassia. Milanese nobleman Marchese Borro Borri bought the property in 1254 and the Il Borro legacy began. Fashion magnate Ferruccio Ferragamo fell in love with the estate in 1985, buying it in 1993 when he began restoring it to its former glory.
The Dubai outpost of Il Borro will be supplied by the original, receiving organic honey, oil, grape, meat and vegetables from its farms.
The man in the kitchen in Maurizio Bosetti, an experienced chef who has worked in Italian restaurants in New York, London, Spain and Italy, before moving to Dubai in 2007. Here, he helmed Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill in JBR. He then moved back to London to work at La Petite Maison, before returning to head up La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie and most recently Atelier M.
His menu is full of rustic Italian favourites such as this ossobuco, a traditional Milanese dish. The milk-fed veal shank is seared in oil before being braised in a vegetable sauce and veal stock until the meat is ready to fall off the bone. It’s served with creamy mashed potato. A recipe as old as the hills.
Dhs150. Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 275 2555).