Nestled away in the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche guests will find Parmigiana, the hotels Italian restaurant. Parmigiana promises diners contemporary Italian cuisine with a classic touch.
As we enter the restaurant we are warmly welcomed by the team. The restaurants’ décor is that of a classic Italian restaurant with checkered tablecloths and pictures of famous Italian artists spread across the restaurant walls, giving the restaurant a nostalgic feel.
This Thursday evening, we are reviewing Parmigiana’s new Buon Cibo menu. Buon Cibo the Italian term for good food, offers guests a buffet of antipasti to start. As the night progresses, diners are treated to a delicious selection of unlimited servings of pizza followed by mouthwatering Italian main courses. A delectable dessert menu is available to end the night on a sweet note.
We start by checking out the antipasti buffet. The choice is very good from burrata, bruschetta, selected cheeses and crackers to seafood; ranging from crab, shrimp to mussels. The bruschetta is divine, this simple dish has been the downfall of many a chef. Often, we find bruschetta in the city somewhat hard to the bite but at Parmigiana the bruschetta is done perfectly. The seafood is fresh, and we love how the octopus has been incorporated into a traditional Italian salad, the burrata is full of creamy goodness and again tastes exceptionally fresh. The menu promised ‘a delicious night of good food’, and so far, it is delivering.
Onto the main course. I order the Spaghetti Allo Scoglio, spaghetti with mixed shellfish tomato and garlic whilst my dining companion opts for the Lasagna Al Forno, classic layers of pasta with bolognese sauce and bechamel. The spaghetti has great texture and we can really taste the tomatoes however as a personal preference we would like the garlic to be more evident. The lasagna is wholesome, a stable amount of cheese layers the top, not too much which is a refreshing change from other restaurants. The lasagna tastes like an authentic Italian dish, made the way it should be. Both main dishes are cooked fresh hence the 20-minute wait, which the team do explain in advance of us placing our order. We are more than happy to wait a little while longer knowing that our food is being made fresh. The portion sizes here are very generous and after the antipasti buffet and the main course we are starting to feel full, but in a pleasing way.
Finally, onto dessert we order the Exotic Fruits Panna Cotta with Passionfruit Sauce and a few scoops of the Gelato. The desserts are a great way to end our culinary journey at Parmigiana.
Overall Parmigiana exceeded our expectations and delivered on all fronts from service, food quality, ambience and we are thrilled to highly recommend this authentic hidden gem for all to enjoy.
Thursday night Buon Cibo menu is priced at AED 169 per person with soft drinks or AED 189 per person with selected beverages.
Parmigiana, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, 02 813 7777
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