18 of the perfect Italian eating places in Dubai


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Serving up a lot greater than good slices of pizza…

Pizza… pasta… recent seafood… Italian delicacies has one thing for everybody. And in Dubai, there’s no scarcity of scrumptious eating places serving high-quality Italian fare. From modern eating places impressed by the artsy cities of the north to recent components you’ll discover in cosy trattoria’s within the south, we’ve rounded up the town’s greatest Italian eating places.


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Amalfi coast-inspired restaurant Alici is situated on the waterfront of Bluewaters island, and strolling inside seems like entering into a comfortable family-run trattoria on the Italian coast. All the things inside Alici – which suggests anchovy in Italian – is gorgeous. Up to date cream interiors are blissfully interrupted by artwork and pottery, most of which has been hand painted by ‘The Anchovy Man’, famed in Italy for his fish work.  The menu is in depth however not overbearing, meals is flawless, service is participating with out being obtrusive, and whereas dishes aren’t low-cost – they’re not overly costly both. We’re calling it, Alici is a robust contender for Dubai’s greatest new restaurant.

Alici, Bluewaters, off JBR, Dubai Marina, every day midday to three.30pm and 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 2752577. alici.com

Armani Ristorante

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On the prime finish of the worth scale for Italian eating places in Dubai you’ll discover Armani Ristorante. Situated within the glamourous environment of the  Armani Resort contained in the Burj Khalifa, the restaurant serves lavish, completely fashionable Italian delicacies that’s plated to perfection.

Armani Ristorante, Armani Resort Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, every day 5pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 888 3666. armanihoteldubai.com

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BiCE Mare

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What makes BiCE Mare at Souk Al Bahar particular is the views – they’ve some of the enviable spots within the souk for overlooking the Dubai Fountain. There’s a giant concentrate on seafood – so don’t count on to be eating on a Margherita pizza right here. Dishes are designed to be shared and the menu adjustments seasonally.

BiCE Mare, Degree 2, Souk Al Bahar Downtown Burj Khalifa, every day 12pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 423 0982. bicemare.com


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BASTA! is considered one of two eating places by the ‘Gypsy Chef’, David Myers, and describes that it ‘transports diners to an city interpretation of a Roman trattoria, Florentine steakhouse and Neapolitan pizzeria’. The menu is impressed by superstar chef Myers travels to those areas, and also you’ll see components of this all through the restaurant, from the open-plan kitchen and wooden fireplace grill on the coronary heart, to an extra-large painted paintings of iconic actress Sophia Loren. From the menu, it’s a contemporary meets conventional mixture of stonebaked pizza, handmade pasta, and boards of antipasti.

Basta!, Renaissance Downtown Resort, Dubai, Enterprise Bay every day 12pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 512 5522. basta-dubai.com

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Half lounge, half pizzeria, half restaurant, Bussola is all three in a single. Within the cooler months, we love nothing greater than to sip sundowners on the upstairs terrace at Bussola, whereas tucking into considered one of their scrumptious pizzas. However in the summertime, it’s additionally a fantastic spot for a laid-back Italian meal. Whereas the menu is less complicated than a few of its counterparts, it’s famed throughout the town for providing just about each pizza conceivable. They’re beneficiant sizes too, so convey your urge for food.

Bussola, The Westin Mina Seyahi, Mina Seyahi, Dubai, every day 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 5117391. bussoladubai.com


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The Dubai model of the world-famous Cipriani restaurant chain is a must-visit when eating in DIFC. The high-end restaurant transports diners again to the 1950s and 1960s due to its white tableclothed tables, retro decor and glossed picket interiors. Whilst you’ll discover some scrumptious dishes on the menu (their ice-cream is arguably the perfect within the metropolis), no go to could be full with out making an attempt one of many signature Bellini’s, a mixed-drink invented by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1930s Venice.

Cipriani, Gate Village Constructing 10, DIFC, Dubai, every day 12pm to 2am (kitchen closes 12am). Tel: (04) 347 0003. cipriani.com


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Certo is a comfortable, no-frills type Italian restaurant in Dubai Media Metropolis. The right place for an after-work dinner and drinks, the menu is nicely priced, workers are pleasant, and also you’ll discover all the everyday Italian dishes on the menu, in addition to a number of extra artistic choices.

Certo, Radisson Blu Dubai Media Metropolis, Media Metropolis, every day 12pm to three.15pm, 6pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 366 9187. radissonblu.com

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

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What makes Il Borro so particular isn’t its beautiful views (though it does have a beautiful terrace that appears out to the waters of Jumeirah Al Naseem), nor its modern interiors which nonetheless handle to really feel intimate. What provides Il Borro the wow-factor is its dedication to serving genuine Italian fare, made with Italian sourced merchandise. Il Borro is drenched in historical past, and the Italian restaurant hails from a well-known Tuscan property which has greater than 1,000 years of wealthy historical past, and is ready amongst a sprawling 700-hectare property. Whereas its fashionable Dubai outpost could also be world’s away from its Tuscan residence, the crew behind What’s On’s Restaurant of the Yr 2017 & 2018 stay devoted to making a style of Italy in Dubai, and do it to an unfalteringly excessive, and arguably Michelin-worthy normal.

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeirah St, Dubai, every day midday to three.30pm and 7pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 275 2555. ilborrotuscanbistro.ae


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Home made Italian dishes are on the menu at Luigia, the pizzeria housed within the Rixos Premium JBR. The expansive restaurant is kitted out in daring, brash hues of purple and crimson, and it’s well-priced for it’s prime location on JBR. There’s a devoted youngsters menu too, so it’s a good selection for households searching for hearty Italian meals that gained’t break the financial institution.

Luigia, Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai Marina, Solar to Thurs 5.30pm to 12am, Fri and Sat 12.30pm to 12am. Tel (04) 349 6950. luigia.ae


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When a restaurant’s identify actually means “loopy” in Italian,  you’re not getting stiff, conventional fare. Playful Enterprise Bay restaurant Matto works as a result of, whereas the meals is sweet, the ambiance is even higher. Working nicely as a celebration spot, last-minute dinner venue or romantic night time, it’s informal with out being dingy, and good with out being too stuffy. Edison bulbs shine over the massive group tables, whereas a DJ pumps tunes between hanging copper kitchenware and a message board embellished with postcards. There’s even an unlimited mural of a person kissing a fish. Not precisely your normal crimson tablecloths, statues and Pisa work, and we’re greater than pleased with that.

Foyer stage, The Oberoi Dubai, Enterprise Bay, Dubai, Sat to Wed midday to midnight, Thur and Fri midday to 1am. Tel: (04) 4441335. mattodubai.com


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Marea Dubai is the brand-new addition to Dubai Worldwide Monetary Centre’s repertoire of unique venues. Having spent a decade on the prime of its recreation in New York, Marea has earned two Michelin stars and been voted as among the best Italian eating places in Manhattan. There’s a classy cocktail bar as you stroll in, with a wall of amber artwork glowing from behind and a row of plush blue velvet bar stalls for company to take pleasure in a drink earlier than their meal. Downstairs is a extra expansive bar space, with low, intimate seating for 65 and a extra metropolitan vibe, good for stay music which can apparently come at a later stage. The primary class meals is actually the restaurant’s pull, however we’ll see how the venue fares in opposition to the already saturated marketplace for the DIFC after-work drinks crowd.

Marea, DIFC Gate Village 7, every day 12pm to 3pm then Sat to Tues 7pm to 1am, Weds & Thurs 7pm to 3am and Fridays 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 583 6366. marea.ae

Quattro Passi

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Whereas FIVE Palm Jumeirah is likely to be in your radar for raucous pool events and picture-perfect sunsets at Penthouse, it’s lesser identified Italian restaurant is an excellent alternative for Southern Italian fare. Whereas the intense, ethereal interiors that look out onto the pool may not transport you to the Amalfi coast, the basic dishes of pasta, seafood, grilled and roasted meats, sharing platters, and diverse pastries and desserts actually will.

Quattro Passi, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, every day 12.30pm to three.30pm, 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel (04) 455 9989. fivehotelsandresorts.com


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Roberto’s has been one of many metropolis’s hottest eating places for the final seven years – which is about equal to a century within the Dubai eating scene. Workers are pleasant and educated, and greet each visitor with the charming Italian hospitality you’d count on from a high-end restaurant. The meals is implausible, and also you’ll go a protracted method to beat their signature Roberto’s pizza, however don’t let that cease you from making an attempt out their artistic pasta dishes that change with the season.

Roberto’s, Gate Village 1, DIFC, Dubai, every day 12pm to 2am. Tel: 04 386 0066. robertos.ae

Ronda Locatelli

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Housed within the iconic Atlantis The Palm, Ronda Locatelli is the brainchild of acclaimed chef Giorgio Locatelli. It’s dimly lit and it’s received a country really feel due to its largely picket interiors. There’s each indoor and out of doors seating obtainable, and whereas the restaurant solely opens for dinner by way of the week, it’s a fantastic family-friendly spot for a weekend lunch, with nearly each pizza conceivable on the menu. The restaurant has additionally not too long ago launched a vegan menu, with greater than 40 choices catering to vegans together with pizza, pasta and desserts.

Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat to Weds 6pm to 10.30pm, Thurs and Fri 6pm to 11pm, Fri and Sat 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 426 2626 atlantisthepalm.com


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Tucked away on the bottom ground of the Restaurant Village at Jumeirah 4 Seasons is Scalini, an Italian restaurant dropped at Dubai by the use of London. The quaint restaurant is plagued by footage of celebrities who’ve frequented the London hang-out, whereas an outside terrace is roofed in leafy foliage and a central tree twinkles with fairy lights. The true shining star at this restaurant, although, is the workers, lots of whom who’ve come to Dubai from the award-winning London spot. They’ve mastered positive eating in a refreshingly fashionable means, silver serving dishes of recent beef carpaccio and creamy burrata whereas laughing and joking with company. The menu is completely authentically Italian, with every dish filled with flavour and superbly offered.

Scalini, Restaurant Village, Jumeirah 4 Seasons, Jumeirah, every day 7pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 349 0068. scalini-dubai.com

Torno Subito

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A sure stage of expectation comes with any restaurant opening from a celeb chef. However, when it’s the primary restaurant outdoors of Italy from Massimo Bottura, the person behind world primary restaurant Osteria Francescana, the expectation is even greater. Inside Torno Subito serves as an ode to Bottura’s reminiscences and childhood. Parts of Massimo’s playful aspect are in every single place. Trendy, impartial colors and furnishings are forgone in favour of daring hues of inexperienced, yellow, pink, blue and crimson, mismatched along with monochrome stripes that give the restaurant a retro, Italian-Riviera really feel. The menu is break up into six easy sections: Starters, Pasta (obtainable in medium and huge parts), Important Programs, Sides, Pizza and Dessert, all obtainable for lunch and dinner. Torno Subito might not be Osteria Francescana, however nor does it wish to be. It’s actually up there with a number of the tastiest Italian dishes we’ve had in Dubai, and it actually delivers on its promise of laid again, Italian Riviera-style eating.

Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, every day 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 245 5555. marriott.com


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The elegant Vanitas restaurant is paying homage to a grand Italian palazzo, which is unsurprisingly contemplating it’s location contained in the Palazzo Versace within the Al Jaddaf space of the town. Whereas this may not be your closest Italian restaurant, it’s value a visit for a romantic dinner served up in lavish environment. Make the most of a tasty summer season set menu with two glasses of wine this summer season for Dhs195 per particular person.

Vanitas, Palazzo Versace Dubai, Al Jaddaf, every day 12pm to 3pm, 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 5568820. palazzoversace.ae


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One of many metropolis’s longer serving eating places is Vivaldi, discovered within the Sheraton Dubai Creek. Whereas the interiors are nothing particular, the ground to ceiling home windows give method to some of the romantic and wow-worthy views of the Dubai Creek within the metropolis. It’s a extra informal providing in comparison with a number of the metropolis’s positive eating choices, and a smaller menu too, however it packs every of its dishes filled with flavour.

Vivaldi, Sheraton Dubai Creek, Dubai Creek, every day 12pm to 3pm, 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 2071717. vivaldidubai.com

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