Italian restaurant in Dubai Marina inspired by Leonardo da Vinci
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Time Out Says

Housed in Stella Di Mare in Dubai Marina, Leonardo has artsy, quirky interiors, as you’d expect from a restaurant inspired by famed Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci.

Versions of the artist’s most famous inventions are displayed around the room, so expect cogs, wheels, sculptures and more aiming to show the inventiveness of the famed artist.

It’s a fun touch, but coupled with the slightly-too-bright lighting, it’s not as cosy or romantic as you might hope.

The restaurant is fairly quiet on our visit, though the food quality is worthy of a larger crowd.

There’s a range of traditional dishes peppering the menu – cacio e pepe, spaghetti alla vongole, truffle pizza and more.

We’re presented with an amuse bouche to kick us off – which is a welcome touch.

And the food quality keeps constant. Double-cooked octopus with potato cream has an interesting flavour and texture combination, while the signature gnocchi with basil pesto and stracciatella is a hearty, authentic dish, with al dente dumplings in a tasty, vibrant sauce.

It’s not super-expensive, with pasta dishes at around Dhs75 to Dhs80, however there are several deals that will help you save cash, including a gents’ night on a Tuesday and a ladies’ night on a Saturday, at both of which you’ll get 25 percent off food and drinks, while ladies can also get free-flowing grape for Dhs99 and men get one free drink on arrival.

It’s not up there with the city’s top Italians, but dishes are tasty enough.

Italian restaurant in Dubai Marina inspired by Leonardo da Vinci

For authentic dishes in a quirky, unique setting

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 14 Sep 2019

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6:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Sunday: 6:00 PM to 11:59 PMMonday: 6:00 PM to 11:59 PMTuesday: 6:00 PM to 11:59 PMWednesday: 6:00 PM to 11:59 PMThursday: 6:00 PM to 11:59 PMFriday: 6:00 PM to 11:59 PMSaturday: 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Show number 04 563 5555
Dubai, Dubai Marina, Stella Di Mare, Dubai Marina

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