WINNER: Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
This classy Italian works with ingredients supplied by the original estate in Tuscany, and this is reflected in the taste and quality. Simple, yet delicious, the fresh produce does the talking in the dishes here, all of which are served up in an upmarket, yet unstuffy environment. Inside boasts white tablecloths and olive trees, while outside you’ll enjoy views over the Turtle Lagoon. We’ve waxed lyrical about the stunning burrata on many an occasion, but there’s nothing that doesn’t impress here. Go and see for yourself.
Open daily 12pm-3.30pm, 7pm-1am. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah (04 275 2555).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cipriani
This Italian is always busy and consistently good. With an upmarket vibe and grown-up Italian dishes, head here for a date that’s sure to wow.
Open daily noon-midnight. Gate Village 10, DIFC (04 347 0003).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Roberto’s
This swish restaurant is worth booking ahead for. Come here for simple, delicious dishes.
Open daily noon-2am. Building 1, Gate Village, DIFC (04 386 0066).
SHORTLISTED: Alta Badia
A high up restaurant serving up a range of elegant Italian dishes.
Dhs500+ Open Sat-Thu noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight; Fri 6pm-midnight. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 432 3232).
This venue draws on the rich gastronomic traditions of Italy. The dishes are a stunning mix of traditional recipes and modern interpretations.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 6pm-midnight. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3666).
Traditional rustic dishes with a modern twist at this contemporary Italian eatery.
Dhs250-350. Licensed. Open Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pmm 7pm-midnight. Fri-Sat 12.30pm-midnight. The Oberoi, Business Bay (04 444 1335).
SHORTLISTED: Social by Heinz Beck
This three-Michelin star chef offers a fine dining experience at this premium restaurant on the Palm. It’s often fairly quiet, however, the food is good.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily 7pm-11pm (closed Sun). Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
SHORTLISTED: Quattro Passi
Classy Italian set in the uber call Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai. Some top pasta dishes and grills in a quaint setting.
Dhs500+ Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai (04 455 9988).
An elegant dining room at Palazzo Versace housing a fine-dining Italian restaurant. Doesn’t quite draw in the crowds as it should.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily 12.30pm-11pm. Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf (04 556 8820).
SHORTLISTED: Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo
A classic Italian restaurant set down by the Creek. Still doing a very good job.
Dhs350-500. Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Deira (04 207 1717).