Ideal for… a celebrity chef experience and for some of the best pizza dough in town!
Restaurant name and location: Ronda Locatelli at the Atlantis Hotel The Palm
Atmosphere: Merely quiet on a weekday, it looks like more of a dinner place rather than a lunch one.
What they say: At Ronda Locatelli, Giorgio Locatelli creates a rustic, warm and inviting Italian restaurant that blends the charm of an Italian countryside with the modernity of Dubai. Authentic, classic Italian cuisine from North and South Italy is blended seamlessly with new flavours using the fresh and seasonal ingredients.
The heart of this Italian restaurant is undoubtedly the woodfired brick oven, which will entice you with the aromas of fresh breads, handmade pizzas and al forno dishes as soon as you walk through the door. And that’s before you’ve even sampled the antipasti and delicate pastas from a family-style menu, reinforcing the sense of tradition and homeliness.
What to order:
-Garlic pizza (the dough is perfect, soft and doughy) – if you’re not a fan of garlic, stay away from this one though.
-Buratta (always a must at an Italian restaurant and this one was lovely – quite a large portion)
-Vanilla pannacota (I would never go crazy over a pannacota dish but the mix of crispy biscuits, chocolate and cherries make this one of the best Italian desserts I’ve had!)
Service: Very sweet, a little more menu assistance would have been appreciated though.
What I loved:
-The restaurant is by celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli (you might know his famous restaurant from London)
-They have a sharing selection if that’s your dining preference.
-If you’re craving pizzas, I highly recommend you check this place out.
What I didn’t love as much:
-For a chef Locatelli restaurant, Ronda lacked atmosphere.
Bill for two: AED400