Best Italian restaurants in Dubai
Dubai is making a name for itself as a dining destination for all types of cuisine. From opulent hotels housing top restaurants to notable local spots, Italian food is a highlight in the city.
Borro Tuscan Bistro
The classy Italian restaurant works with ingredients supplied by the original estate in Tuscany, and this is reflected in the flavour and quality of food served. Simple yet appetizing, the fresh produce does the talking in the dishes here. You can enjoy views over the Turtle Lagoon too.
Located on Level 50 of the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in downtown, Alta Badia offers Italian cuisine in a classy and unique setting. It is named after a ski resort in Northern Italy. For a change from the regular pasta dishes, be sure to try the luscious lobster with barley salad and orange vanilla dressing. It is truly a remarkable little piece of Italy, right in the heart of downtown.
Worldly renowned for their fresh, tasty Italian food, it is a no frill, no fuss cooking station where you choose your pasta and pizza as you like it. With locations in Media City and Dubai Mall, whichever end of Dubai you find yourself in, you are never far away from a Vapiano.
Armani / Dubai Caffe
As you would expect from this international designer, the Milan style restaurant in Dubai Mall is not only stylish but also offers simple Italian dishes, delicious salads and desserts with flair. The Maltagliati Pasta with Porcini Mushrooms and Black Truffle are the signature dishes of this restaurant. So if you are feeling peckish while shopping, be sure to swing by the Fashion Avenue Atrium and give it a try!
The Solo Bistronoma at the Raffles hotel in Downtown Dubai is shaped like a pyramid is well known for serving some of the best pizzas and pastas in Dubai. With 20 varieties of pizzas to choose from, Solo is all about socialising with friends and family dining together. Apart from the food, the interiors too look amazing with multi-coloured cows’ heads adorning the walls.
Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo
Located in the Sheraton Hotel down at the Creek, the views from the terrace of Vivaldi are quite simply as stunning as the food on offer. So be sure to come here with a big appetite and an open mind. You can try any of the seafood dishes like tiger prawns, salted cod fillet and shrimp risotto.
If you’re down at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, then make sure to drop by Toscana Trattoria for a traditional Italian feast. It is a very popular spot, especially for some alfresco dining in the terrace. The pastas and pizzas have won countless culinary awards – we’ve got a special soft spot for the seafood spaghetti (below), delicious in taste and generous in portion size.
It is all about home-style cuisine in Dubai. Casa Mia relies on carefully selected Italian imported ingredients and meals here generally open with traditional seafood salad or a good selection of cured meats served with oil-preserved vegetables. Entrées may include spaghetti alle vongole, small gnocchi all campidanese (dressed with sausage, saffron and fennel seeds), or traditional cotechino di Modena (cooked sausage) served with piquant fruit mustard, lentils and potato mash. Casa Mia has a serene ambiance much like that of a classic Italian restaurant of the past.
It is one of the best Italian restaurants in Dubai, located in The Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Segreto is famous for its handmade poached lobster pasta and Wagyu beef carpaccio. Other dishes to die for are the king crab and prawn salad.
For a good dining experience with fine Italian fare, Roberto’s in DIFC is a wonderful place to visit. The restaurant blends traditional Italian cooking with contemporary touches to make the platter more appealing to Dubai’s food lovers. You can choose from an array of posh choices such as chargrilled Wagyu beef, gluten-free seafood pasta, Musti’s’ pizza and the handmade desserts.