With a host of Italian restaurants in Abu Dhabi, competition is fierce. However, some have stood the test of time by consistently serving great food and offering a warm service. Here are our top picks of the best Italian restaurants to visit in Abu Dhabi, from fine dining to family friendly.
Officially the best Italian restaurant in Abu Dhabi (in our opinion) Villa Toscana serves simple but delicious Italian and Tuscan cuisine. The menu features hand-crafted regional specialties from Tuscany, Umbria, and Emilia-Romagna, with many products imported directly from these regions. Vegan and gluten free options available. Espresso Business Lunch is served Sunday to Thursday 12.00pm to 3.00pm, antipasti with desserts AED 95 or antipasti with a main and dessert AED 120.
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, +971 2 694 4553
Sole offers a contemporary and vibrant take on Italian cuisine, without taking itself too seriously. What Sole does take very seriously is sourcing the finest ingredients to create delectable Italian dishes, the restaurant’s fun-loving nature can be sensed through a range of signature dishes. A delicious mix of modern and traditional cuisine served in a stylish location with both indoor and al fresco seating.
Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, +971 2 811 5666
Serving Mediterranean cuisine (not strictly just Italian cuisine), Alba Terrace deserves a mention just because the food here is that good! Visit for lunch and enjoy the Alba Eats Limitless Lunch menu. Served daily inside or on the terrace, the enticing menu features a variety of Mediterranean preparations, AED 95 inclusive of one water and one juice or AED 195 inclusive of beverages and bubbles, available Sunday to Thursday from 12.00pm to 7.00pm.
The Abu Dhabi EDITION, +971 2 208 0000
If you really want to be transported to the Mediterranean a visit to Mare Mare is a must. Nestled on the shores of Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, Mare Mare serves a range of traditional Italian dishes with an emphasis on fresh seafood. Mare Mare offers indoor seating during summer and an open-air terrace in the cooler months.
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, +971 2 811 4342
Café Milano’s cuisine celebrates the beauty and variety of Italian flavours. With spanning views across the water, be sure to visit on a Saturday from 12.00pm to 4.00pm to experience Viaggio In Italia. This relaxed brunch style dining experience features a range of delectable dishes, starting from AED 245.
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, +971 2 333 2630
This authentic family style Italian trattoria pays tribute to the rich heritage of Italian food and beverage. Now Sacci is giving us yet another reason to visit. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday guests can enjoy ‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’ on traditional Italian pizza! The traditional dough is made 48 hours in advance and baked in a wood oven, resulting in a deliciously airy crust. If you’re not in the mood for pizza explore the range of exceptional dishes available on the a la carte menu.
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, +971 2 616 9999
Dino’s Bistro Italiano
With its warm, casual, and friendly atmosphere, Dino’s brings you the finest flavours of Italy. Dino’s popular a la carte brunch is now available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, a taste of Italy served right to your table. The Thursdays Evening Brunch is priced at AED 190 and includes a cheese and antipasti station. Fridays and Saturdays Midday Brunch is priced at AED 180 including soft beverages. Children between 6 to 12 years are entitled to 50% off, while kids up to 5 years dine for free!
Pearl Rotana, +971 2 307 5551
Traditional and casual dining for the whole family Verso is the Italian restaurant in Abu Dhabi that offers a whole lot of Italian. Here Chef and his team source authentic food mindfully, from the Burrata of Puglia, Pecorino di Pienza from Toscana, Pasta Cocco from the Abruzzo region and even the cherry tomatoes from Sicilia. Be sure to try the Prawn Tagliatelle, its sublime!
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel, +971 2 510 1234
Si Ristorante Italiano
Expert chefs create Italian delicacies made from fresh seasonal ingredients and cooked to perfection in the open kitchens. Si Ristorante offers a feast on an unlimited array of pizzas that are made à la minute out of an authentically Italian wood-fired oven. Priced at AED 149 for unlimited pizza with two drinks and sharing appetizers, every Wednesday from 5.00pm to 10.30pm.
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, +971 2 697 0000
Marco’s New York Italian
Marco’s New York Italian features a vibrant interior inspired by modern diners. The ambience is ideal for both families and couples, navigating to tables is effortless and secluded enough to enjoy private conversations. The venue also boasts a back-yard style, high-ceiling bar adorned with hanging ornament lights, a perfect venue for drinks and light bites. The Daily Unlimited Lunch, served from 12.00pm to 4.00pm, offers guests timeless Italian cuisine and classic American favourites combined, starting at just AED 99 per person.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, +971 2 654 3238