Time Out Says
On arrival, expect your eyes to be immediately drawn to the giant pizza oven at the heart of the dining room. It’s glorious.
If there’s a beautiful pizza oven in a restaurant, consider it an unwritten rule to order pizza – but more on that later.
Start with the fritto misto, burrata salad and the arancini. The fish is perfectly crisp, zinging with lemon juice, the burrata is so fresh it’s not inconceivable they’re keeping a cow out back. Meanwhile the tasty balls of arancini are wonderfully cheesy inside and satisfyingly crisp on the outside.
For mains, don’t miss the pizza – and have at them family style, so you get a slice of this and a bite of that – which is the best way to try a bit of everything.
The base is crisp yet pillowy, and you’ll be hard-pressed to pick a favourite (yes, even among the vegan options).
This is a family-friendly place, so bring the kids and prepare to leave stuffed – it may only be the big kids with room left for dessert...
THE VEGETARIAN VIEW
It’s not often we go to a restaurant two days running just because we can’t wait to try more of the menu, but that’s exactly what we do at Italian spot Ronda Locatelli.
Boasting the largest stand-alone vegan menu in Dubai (and a very impressive veggie selection too) it’s no surprise this place gets busy.
Cheesy garlic bread? Check. Creamy mushroom tagliatelle? Check. Chocolate cake? Check. It’s a vegan’s dream.
After much deliberation we settle on the focaccia bruschetta and focaccia all’aglio – ask for the latter to be cooked soft so it arrives a doughy, gooey, cheesy pizza of dairy-free perfection.
They’re both full size pizzas, but fine for a starter and perfect for sharing (or eating to yourself we’re not here to judge).
The main course menu from the Italian celebrity chef is equally massive (and carb-loaded) so we opt for the gnocchi alla Sorrentina. This classic dish is delicious – with super-fresh tomato sauce and vegan cheese, made from a combination of soya and coconut milk and produced locally in Ras Al Khaimah.
The mushroom tagliatelle, is less impressive, and albeit creamy it’s a little bland.
If you’ve saved room for dessert then you’re in for a treat, there’s not just a fruit plate on offer here. Don’t miss the sfera di cioccolato – a chocolate sphere filled with coconut ice cream, berries and raspberry sauce.
We’re off to make a third booking – that vegan cheese won’t eat itself.
WHAT IS IT...
Top-notch Italian by a Michelin-starred chef
For the biggest stand-alone vegan menu in Dubai
By Time Out Dubai staf | 12 Aug 2020
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