Ciao Bella: The Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Dubai

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The land of love, artistic inspiration and culinary heaven, for hundreds of years Italy has been a destination where the senses are greatly pleasured and the appetite is beyond satisfied.  The culinary landscape of any cosmopolitan city would not be complete without a few top Italian restaurants. With a wonderful selection of great international eateries there is certainly no shortage of Italian restaurants in Dubai. Below are our picks for the top five Italian restaurants in the City of Gold.

1 Ossigeno

Classy and sophisticated modern decor in a quiet and charming atmosphere, Ossigeno is great pick for its ambiance and cuisine. Strong on seafood dishes, try risotto ai frutti di mare (risotto with seafood) or the pan-fried prawns with sweet chili, garlic and borlotti beans and parsley pesto. For desert, try the Amaretto crème brulee. Ossigeno, which means "breath of fresh air' in Italian, is exactly this: The romantic atmosphere transports you outside of the hustle and bustle of Dubai into a place which is at once serene and greatly satisfying to the appetite.

Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa

Dubai Marina

04 399 5555

2 BICE Mare

Quintessentially Italian in every sense, BICE mare is the latest addition of the renowned Milanese chain BICE and specializes in seafood. The new location has fabulous views onto the Dubai fountain and the Burj Khalifa. Try the salmon tartare for starters and the monkfish ossobuco for the main course accompanied of course, with a nice glass of Italian wine.

Souk Al Bahar

Downtown Burj Khalifa

04 423 0982

3 Bussola

Magnificently located on a sea-view terrace at the Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, the food and the ambiance of Bussola are equally en par. Try the homemade lobster ravioli or the bucatini all'amatriciana for pasta dishes. For seafood the black bass with oyster mushroom and turnip cracker is certainly worth a try and for desert don't forget to taste Bussola's homemade gelato.

Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina

04 399 4141

4 Carluccio's

If you are craving Italian Carluccio's is one of the best places in town to satisfy your taste buds. Part restaurants, part gourmet supermarket, and part luxury-deli counter, Carluccio's may not offer the elegance and sophistication of other Italian restaurants but it does provide you with some of the best food in town produced by award-winning Italian chef Antonio Carluccio.

Dubai Mall

Downtown Burj Khalifa

04 434 1320

5 Frankie's Italian Bar & Grill

Oasis Beach Tower

Dubai Marina

04 399 4311

Hip and stylish, Frankie Dettori's restaurant in Dubai has the feel of an upscale private club with swanky decor and innovative culinary options. The menu is derived from Northern Italy and features specialties common to the region as well as the chef's own degustation men with two versions offering a selection of fish or meat. Enjoy the lounge piano as you wine in dine in a sumptuous atmosphere.

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