The Best Italian Restaurants In Abu Dhabi

Classic-spaghetti-carbonara  [ © Ed Hawco/Wikimedia ]
Classic-spaghetti-carbonara [ © Ed Hawco/Wikimedia ]
Photo of Lavanya Nair
9 February 2017

The institution of Italian cuisine has been appreciated for centuries all over the world, and while you may feel you’ve tried it all, think again when in Abu Dhabi. Here’s our list of the top Italian restaurants with Middle Eastern flair.

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Embrace tantalizing sensations and be transported on a gastronomic adventure introducing you to the undeniable charm of Italy. Sacci, found at the Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort, ingeniously blends fresh aromas and executes its meals with panache. Sample the impressive range of delicious and intricately prepared Italian delicacies..

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Villa Toscana

Savor the sumptuous specialties of Tuscany, Umbria and Emilia-Romagna at Villa Toscana which is situated opposite the Nation Towers Galleria, inside the St. Regis, Abu Dhabi. The restaurant emulates the decor of older cottages and villas and comprises long tables with traditional candles as their centerpiece. These touches combined with the wooden framework gives the restaurant a palatial feel. Villa Toscana strives to accommodate all preferences and succeeds in delivering a generous slice of Italy in each morsel of food.

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Located at Le Royal Meridien Hotel, Amalfi is the ideal venue to host any occasion. The multiple-award-winning restaurant produces appetizing homemade pasta variations and authentic wood oven-baked pizza that have been merged with aromatic and seasonal ingredients. You’ll enjoy the added zest to your dishes as well as the majestic interiors that Abu Dhabi is known for. Appreciate the flavorful Prosecco and crisp Sicilian wines that pair well with prime cuts of juicy meats and vegetables.

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When one recalls Italian cuisine, elements such as a strong wine culture and intense aromas come to mind. Spaccanapoli endeavors to offer both, wrapped up in an earthy and rustic decor. One can admire the spectacular views of Hamdan Street and witness the hustle and bustle of daily life from the comfort of the restaurant. Spaccanapoli is encased within two floors and features a well-tailored menu that is set around the signature, meter-long pizza oven.

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The task of providing rich and authentic food, originating from a country renowned for its cuisine, is never an easy one. The Mezzaluna restaurant at the Emirates Palace does exactly this and brings you regional dishes to form an innovative and original menu that have been hand-prepared by their specialist chefs. The intricately designed terrace beautifully emulates the generous greenery and vegetation that is reminiscent of Italian provinces.

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