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Experience the Dolce Vita: Best Italian Restaurants in the UAE

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Gone are the days where you have to buy a plane ticket to visit the Italian Riviera in order to enjoy a taste of the dolce vita. With some of the best chefs and culinary teams in the world bringing the taste of the Med to the UAE, the sweet life is easily obtained.

Indulge in the finest selection of pizzas, pastas, and risottos, at the Vogue-approved best Italian restaurants in the UAE.

Al Fresco, Crowne Plaza Dubai

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Al Fresco is an intimate award-winning Italian trattoria, located on the lobby level of the iconic Crowne Plaza Dubai. With a sunny outdoor terrace, the restaurant offers a selection of mouthwatering delights from Italy and the Mediterranean.

Gia, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall

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Airy bright whites and pops of light colors make the design of Gia distinguishable, blending classy modernity with a twist of retro. The terrace has cosmopolitan elegance and fantastic views of the Dubai Fountain, providing guests with a stylish, informal venue at any time of the day or night. The dishes are the perfect combination of Italian traditional cuisine with a modern influence.

Il Borro, Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel 

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Il Borro offers dishes that satisfy all guests with seasonal menu offerings from produce grown on, and brought in from, Il Borro’s farm in Italy. The restaurant’s ingredients flow with the season and are all ethically sourced – further making the Italian restaurant so special. Il Borro’s passion for handcrafted cuisine brings traditional Tuscan recipes to the UAE, ensuring a delicious and unique dining experience.

Roberto’s Dubai, DIFC 

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Seamlessly drawing from old and new, classic and modern, traditional and contemporary, Roberto’s brings the classic Italian charm into a super-chic environment, making it one of Dubai’s most renowned gastronomic venues. Whether you’re an Italian in Dubai, a discerning foodie or a night owl out on the town, Roberto’s is a sophisticated and relaxed rendezvous point for people of taste.

Roberto’s Abu Dhabi, Rosewood Hotel 

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Roberto’s is an authentic, thoughtful and contemporary Italian fine dining experience. The world-class team blends an admirably Roman devotion to food with Venetian hospitality and Milanese flair resulting in a unique and homegrown reinterpretation of Italian cuisine. The open kitchen of the Abu Dhabi location offers a natural theatre of gastronomy where guests can enjoy the smell of fresh bread coming from the bakery, the show of copper pots and pans boiling with delicious pasta, and the minute craftsmanship of the pastry chefs, as the meal unfolds.

Scalini, Four Seasons Jumeirah 

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Located in the Four Seasons Resort on Jumeirah Beach Road, Scalini Dubai brings a taste of its diverse heritage from London and Italy to the UAE. Offering a sensory experience, the intimate restaurant features contemporary interiors, a dedicated lounge area complete with the finest mixology, a showcased kitchen featuring charismatic, interactive chefs, and an outdoor terrace for those who prefer their meals al fresco. With a focus on the finest quality ingredients, chefs prepare many of the exquisite dishes in front of customers, creating a truly unique environment. First opened in London in 1988, Scalini became home to an A-list following due to its authentic and charismatic ambience served alongside its renowned cuisine. Scalini Dubai is a natural evolution of the well-established brand, maintaining the charm of the original venue.

Splendido, The Ritz-Carlton, The Walk

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With its beautiful marble bar, chic decor, and cooly elegant ambience, Splendido is unmistakably Italian – an influence carried through to the breathtaking Tuscan-inspired terrace and “piazza”. Begin your evening with an authentic aperitivo – a specialty drink designed to whet the appetite. Then explore menus featuring homemade recipes passed down with love from generation to generation – delicious seasonal antipasti, pizza, pasta, and dessert specialties created using only the highest quality ingredients.

Readers are in luck as Vogue Arabia has partnered with Mastercard for Vogue Fashion Dines Out (VFDO), a four-day fine-dining experience from October 23 to 26, where you can enjoy discounts as well as unique, and priceless, experiences at all of the above restaurants.

Join us for a priceless experience and enjoy special offers on the VFDO menus when you pay with your Mastercard at participating restaurants.

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