Great Italian Restaurants In Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi I © Panoramas/Flickr
Abu Dhabi I © Panoramas/Flickr
Photo of Amanda Chain
9 February 2017

Abu Dhabi, the innovative UAE capital with a spectacular skyline, boasts some of the best pizza and pasta creations outside of Rome. From quaint cafés to elegant and expensive restaurants, here’s our definitive guide to the top Italian restaurants in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi I | © Panoramas/Flickr

La Mamma

Restaurant, Italian, Contemporary, Fast Food, Vegetarian
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Pizza | © British Mum/Flickr
Enjoying a dinner at La Mamma is like feasting on a homemade meal cooked by your own family. A rustic, cozy and charming eatery offering arguably the most mouthwatering meatballs in the city, traditional dishes combine with an open kitchen to create a laid-back, comfortable setting in which to dine.


Restaurant, Italian
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Sardinia Fine Dining
Sardinia Fine Dining | Photo Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Country Club
In one of the most exclusive clubs in the country, Abu Dhabi Country Club, diners will find the sophisticated food spot of Sardinia, a high-end Mediterranean restaurant, popular with the expat crowd of the city. Prepare to be amazed here, as the joint is widely renowned as the best restaurant in Abu Dhabi.


Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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White wine
White wine | © Luke Gray/Flickr
Wood-fired pizzas, olive tapenade and refreshing, crisp wine abound here deliciously, making Prego’s a top spot for a casual dinner with friends in Abu Dhabi. Enjoy a taste of Italy on the spacious and airy terrace, a seating space which backs beautifully onto the beach, and a great place to relax and recline on the cooler evenings with a first-rate Italian dish.

Cafe Firenze Al Zeina

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, Fast Food, Vegetarian, 0
Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi | © Ismo/Flickr
This Italian food joint serves cooked breakfasts and hand-stretched pizzas generously topped with cheese, fresh vegetables and a tangy tomato sauce. The coffee is dark, rich and delicious, and the alfresco dining terrace here is quaint and intimate. Get here early on the weekends, as the place is always brimming with chattering customers who come to enjoy the great food and exceptional service.


Restaurant, Italian, Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Interior of Cipriani, Yas Island.
Cipriani Yas Island serves Italian food inspired by Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy | Courtesy of Cipriani / ©
Cipriani forms part of the dazzling Yas Marina complex, and boasts an extremely eye-catching design; smooth lines and striking colors characterize the interior, along with an intricately decorated, open and majestic terrace which looks out over the Yas Marina Circuit.