La Dolce Vita: Celebrate MFW in Dubai at These Italian Eateries

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With the start of Milan Fashion Week, you can guarantee your social media feed is going to be abuzz with Italian design — and of course, snaps of mouthwatering Italian food. Celebrate all things Italy without leaving Dubai with a visit to any of one of these delicious Italian eateries.

With ample awards under its steely veneer, Armani/Ristorante features some of the best views of the Dubai Fountain and Italian cuisine in our city. Begin with black Angus beef carpaccio with 24-month aged Parmesan and summer truffles before diving into a plate of pappardelle with sausage or veal tenderloin.

Armani Hotel Dubai
Tel: (+971) 4 888 3888

Bice Mare
Try the signature fish ‘al sale’ at this upscale eatery. Other menu highlights include the porcini mushroom risotto and filet of wagyu, which you can enjoy on Bice Mare’s outdoor terrace, which faces the iconic Burj Khalifa.

Souk Al Bahar
Tel: (+971) 4 423 0982

Dozens of Dubai restaurants boast authentic Italian cuisine, but Bussola is in a league of its own. This sophisticated restaurant is not only certified by the Italian Cuisine Academy, but it was also voted Best Italian restaurant by the BBC Good Food Awards in 2014. Insiders know to sit upstairs, where a beautiful view of the city can be enjoyed, and they recommend ordering the pizza as it is regarded as “arguably the best pizza in Dubai.”

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi
Tel: (+971) 4 399 4141

Cipriani Dubai
Anticipation ran high for the grand opening of Cipriani, which officially opened its doors last week. Undoubtedly the the people-watching watering hole du jour, Giuseppe Cipriani (son of the original founder) serves up cult classic dishes of homemade pastas and buttery meats.

Tel: (+971) 4347 0003

Cucina Mia
Recreating family recipes and bringing his Italian masterpieces to Dubai, Executive Chef Domenico Serra’s restaurant serves dishes made with the finest level of ingredients. Dine here for the ravioli filled with porcini mushrooms and black truffles, or the signature ‘cucina mia’ pizza with tomato sauce, bufala mozzarella and pecorino cheese with a sprinkling of basil.

Trident Grand Residence, JBR
Tel: (+971) 4 425 9696

Per Te
This cozy Italian restaurant features an original wood fire, freshly baked breads, silky pastas, and the opportunity to observe the chefs at work courtesy of the open kitchen. Offering both traditional fare (think creamy burrata cheese, linguine with clams, and margherita pizzas) as well as lighter Italian options such as grilled asparagus rolled with smoked salmon, orange pulp, and balsamic, Per Te offers a diverse and delicious Italian dining experience.

Jumeirah Plaza
Tel: (+971) 4 344 6455

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Pi Dubai
When the craving for authentic Italian strikes, head to Pi Dubai in the Dubai Mall, where you’ll find amazing Neapolitan-inspired pizzas and Italian “soul food.” Loyal patrons recommend the gnocchi as a starter, a fresh “pi,” and, of course, a piece of hot caramel cake to finish off the meal. It’s easy to go overboard on the carbs here, but thankfully, Pi offers lighter options as well,  like kale caesar salad and burrata with crudo.

Dubai Mall
Tel: (+971) 4 4471757

Jamie’s Italian
Legendary chef Jamie Oliver’s Dubai franchise doesn’t disappoint, whether it’s creative starters of fried four-cheese Italian nachos with arrabbiata sauce, wild mushroom bruschetta with rosemary and lemon, or prawn linguini with shaved fennel and chili. Head to the Jumeirah Beach location for your fix of freshly prepared pastas, soups, salads, and sea views.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Tel: (+971) 4 348 0000

What started as a neighborhood pizzeria in a fishing village in Naples has quickly grown to spread Neapolitan cuisine across Beirut, Dubai, and Kuwait. Cozy and quaint, Margherita offers a diverse insalata selection, classic traditional pizza, homemade ravioli and gnocchi, milanese-style veal, grilled fish, gluten-free pasta, and more.

Jumeirah Beach Residence
Tel: (+971) 04 4228967

Glamorous Italian cuisine and modern design are at the heart of what makes Roberto’s so wonderful (the restaurant has won awards for both its food and its unique design). This ritzy spot dishes up a mouthwatering selection of antipasti plates, delicate aperitivos, and hearty main courses, as well as a killer brunch menu and a long list of specialty drinks lounge-side.

Dubai International Financial Centre
Tel: (+971) 4 386 0066

Ronda Locatelli
Home to one of the world’s greatest international chefs, Giorgio Locatelli’s Michelin-star restaurant was awarded the Birra Moretti Best Authentic Italian Restaurant Award for Middle East and Africa. Today, the restaurant prides itself on its warm and rustic family-style ambience centered around a traditional wood-fire pizza oven.

The Palm Jumeirah
Tel: (+971) 4 426 2626

A seaside Tuscany villa but with a hint of New York-style flair, Splendido’s menu highlights include homemade potato gnocchi, salt-crusted sea bass, and tiramisu dusted in coco powder.

Ritz-Carlton JBR
Tel: (+971) 4 399 4000

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