Transport yourself to the heart of Italy with Dubai’s most loved Amalfi-inspired havens.
From freshly-baked pizzas to authentic handmade pastas topped with fresh parmesan, Italian restaurants are sure to impress on any special occasion with its universally loved dishes and romantic environment.
Be it a simple cacio e pepe and margherita pizza eaten with friends or an extravagant lobster rigatoni laced with caviar and truffle, each restaurant inspired by the Amalfi coast is sure to tantalise your taste buds with the finest ingredients.
To see where to book next, we’ve selected the ones that consistently come on top and have been tried-and-tested by the Emirates Woman team.
Il Borro Tuscan Bistro
Il Borro Dubai opened back in 2017, and has made a mark in the UAE with its sumptuous delicacy and luxe ambience. Il Borro has managed to become the hotspot in town for a casual fine dining experience within the Italian circle of restaurants offering seasonal menu offerings for both lunch and dinner. The hero dishes include the Bresaola di Chianina, parmesan cheese and wild rocket horseradish mousse. Located in Jumeirah Al Naseem, this one-of-a-kind Italian hotspot is a must visit.
For more information visit ilborrotuscanbistro.ae
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The renowned Italian restaurant, The Artisan has a host of new À La Carte dishes where each item on the menu is carefully crafted with the finest ingredients, presenting traditional flavours in an elegant way. From homemade potato gnocchi to homemade cappellacci, there are a host of hearty dishes that transport guests to Lombardy in northern Italy. The Artisan’s new menu is a celebration of traditional Italian food, crafted with elegance and sophistication. With dishes that highlight the flavours of every region, diners can embark on a gastronomic journey without ever leaving the comfort of their seats. Located in Waldorf Astoria in DIFC, it’s open from Monday to Sunday, 12pm to 12am.
For more information visit theartisan.ae
Captivating and contemporary artwork adorns the walls and diners are seated at elegant tables with crisp white linens, delicately accented with subtle hints of sage green soft furnishings and chic and elegantly refined tableware. Guests are invited to indulge in Scalini’s exquisite menu, with thoughtfully curated dishes that capture the essence of quintessential Italian cuisine, designed to be shared between friends, family and loved ones. Located at Restaurant Village, Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah.
For more information visit scalini-dubai.com
This contemporary Italian restaurant has won the hearts of many, including ours. With fresh ingredients flown in from Italy, each dish is crafted to perfection. From oysters to Rawberto’s platters, this restaurant is a seafood delight. A must-try from their dessert menu is the freshly made in-house pistachio ice cream served with extra virgin olive oil which has now become a signature for tourists to try from around the globe. The restaurant is located in DIFC, Gate Village 1.
For more information visit robertosrestaurants.com
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To savour authentic Italian dishes, this all day dining spot is located in the heart of Dubai in Business Bay. From traditional pizzas to signature creations like the indulgent Pappardelle alla Genovese di Manzo, the freshness of our Tartare di Gambero Rosso di Mazara del Vallo, and the decadent Pizza Tartufella, our menu offers a diverse culinary journey. Each dish embodies our commitment to authentic Italian dining, ensuring a memorable experience for every palate. It’s open daily from 8am to midnight.
For more information visit lunarossa.com
Visit the new stunning beach restaurant Limonata, inspired by the vibrant nostalgia of 1960s Italian coastal char. With each dish being an outcome of a passionate odyssey through the heart of authentic flavors, guests can expect a myriad of delicious dishes including alluring antipasti, refreshing salads, moreish, which include a symphony of culinary creations that are an ode to Italian coastal culture. Located at Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, it’s open daily from 12pm to 2am.
The Italian restaurant Chic Nonna is the perfect date-night spot or restaurant to visit with your friends. With state-of-the-art interiors and a high-quality menu, the restaurant is complete with an open-plan kitchen, the largest wine cellar in the region and a sophisticated chef’s table. To create an inviting ambience, the space has warm cosy interiors reminiscent of a traditional Italian home. To make any visit even more memorable the venue offers engaging live entertainment with a striking DJ booth and raised stage for live performances. For the seafood enthusiasts, the terrace has an exclusive Crudo Bar that serves a selection of raw fish Located in the heart of DIFC, this sophisticated haven is a must-visit this weekend.
For more information visit chicnonna.com
With restaurants the globe over, Cipriani made its mark on Dubai in 2016. Serving exceptional Italian cuisine, the Cipriani brand has been a universally recognized icon of hospitality for four generations since Guiseppe Cipriani Senior first opened Harry’s Bar in Venice, back in May 1931. Open all around the world in New York, Venice, Moscow, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Cipriani has made its impact in several countries as it continues to serve the finest. Located in Gate village number 10, DIFC and open daily from 12pm to 2am.
For more information visit Cipriani.com
L’Amo Bistro Del Mare
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Experience the outdoors at L’Amo Bistro Del Mare and enjoy a delicious meal and special beverages in the comfort of the open-air seating area. Equipped with comfortable seating, parasols for shade, and an outdoor bar, with a delicious selection of Italian dishes and drinks on the beautiful terrace, with stunning harbor views. With an array of options to choose from the menu, diners can indulge in a fresh Plateau Royale, L’Amo Bistro del Mare’s famous Seafood platter that includes Italian red prawns, Italian violet prawns, langoustine and more. Located at Dubai Harbour Yacht Club, it’s open from Monday to Friday 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 11:30pm while on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 11:30pm.
For more information visit lamorestaurant.com
Il Ristorante – Niko Romito
The restaurant showcases framed iconic Bulgari archive photographs and brand heritage images that recall over 130 years of Roman jewellery history. Known for using fresh Italian ingredients flown in from Italy, each dish is carefully created and takes guests on a gastronomic tour. The menu varies from dishes such as homemade pasta, Spaghetti e pomodoro and more. To end the dinner,visitors can opt for the tiramisu or one of the seasonal creations like the buffalo stracciatella cheese ice cream, balsamic vinegar and wild blackberries. Located at the Bulgari Hotel, this one-of-a-kind restaurant, can instantly elevate any evening.
For more information visit bulgarihotels.com
Perhaps one of Dubai’s most iconic locations, Pierchic boasts unparalleled sea views, overlooking the Burj Al Arab. If you want a wow destination that makes an impact this is it. The food is also exceptional, as overseen by Head Chef Beatrice Segoni. Take a short stroll post-dinner across the water and you’ll feel like you’re on vacation. Located at Jumeirah Al Qasr, this restaurant is a must-visit.
For more information visit jumeirah.com
Located on Bluewaters Island, Alici Dubai brings the heart of the Amalfi Coast to the Middle East. Specialising in seafood, but doing it the Italian way, the restaurant ensures the best quality in its produce and delivers nothing but the best in quality dining, both in experience and food with dishes ranging from the seared seabass fillet to the topinanbur cream.
For more information visit alici.com
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