Ten To Try: Pastas


Pasta is an Italian dish enjoyed worldwide, including in Dubai, where it has a popular fan base. Interestingly, the term 'pasta' comes from the Italian word for 'paste', referring to a mix of flour and water. With over 600 pasta shapes available globally, the top three favourites are penne, spaghetti, and macaroni. And if all this pasta talk has left you craving, and you're considering indulging in some delicious pasta dishes in Dubai, Connector has got you covered with recommendations. So read on, pasta la vista, baby. 


Located in Gate Village 10, DIFC, Cipriani, a MICHELIN-selected restaurant is known for its elegant blue and white nautical design. While the ambience is chic, the food concept at Cipriani is simple, perfecting the classic Italian dishes by using a mix of local and imported ingredients. Their chefs, hailing from various regions of Italy, offer lip-smacking pasta dishes like spaghetti with seafood, green tagliardi alla bolognese, home made veal ravioli alla piemontese and more. Indulge in authentic Italian flavours with an average price of Dhs 500 for two.



Eataly, situated in Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City, Dubai Hills Mall, and The Beach JBR, serves up daily-made, in-house fresh pasta crafted from simple, top-quality ingredients, shaped into delicate forms inspired by Italy's diverse regions. At Eataly, you should indulge in classics like lasagna classica for Dhs 79, spaghetto di eataly for Dhs 69, risotto ai funghi for Dhs 79, and more. 



With over 12 outlets in Dubai, in Business Bay, Dubai Media City, Dubai Marina, Motor City and more, Oregano manages to transport you to the lanes of Italy with its authentic and fresh flavours. Serving Ligurian cuisine from Italy, you must try penne milanese, fusilli alfredo con pollo, and the classic spaghetti pesto, among varied other pasta options at this restaurant. Average cost for two at Oregano is Dhs 180. 


Pizza Express 

Situated across Dubai in Ibn Battuta Mall, Al Safa, Jumeirah, World Trade Centre, and other locations, Pizza Express offers top-notch pasta experiences. Whether you're a fan of traditional Italian dishes or enjoy creamy delights, they have something for all your cravings. From classics like arrabbiata con bocconcini and bolognese to unique options like creamy cajun chicken and beef lasagna, Pizza Express offers a diverse menu. With an average cost of Dhs 250 for two, it's a must-visit for pasta lovers in Dubai.


Chic Nonna, Osteria Gourmet

Situated within DIFC at Dubai, Gate Avenue South Market, Zone D, Chic Nonna offers a vibrant taste of Italian cuisine paired with exceptional gourmet food. With dishes bursting with Italian flavours, such as gnocchi ripieni and calamarata 2.0, it's a must-visit for pasta lovers. Indulge in classics like fettuccina bolognese amidst the chic ambiance of Chic Nonna, and you're sure to be enamored by the Italian charm. With an average price of Dhs 520 for two, it promises a delightful culinary experience.



Why travel to Italy's Amalfi Coast when you can experience its essence at Alici? Located on Bluewaters Dubai, this restaurant offers fresh seafood and handmade pasta, providing a true taste of southern Italy. Overlooking the sparkling shores of Jumeirah Beach Residences, Alici serves up delectable pastas like trenetta scampi and spaghattei alle vongole. With an average price of Dhs 385, indulge in the flavours of Italy right here in Dubai. 



Vapiano, located in Dubai Media City and Dubai Mall, specialises in authentic and wheat-based pasta dishes. Their freshly-made pasta is crafted daily using premium durum wheat semolina, and all their sauces are made in-house, including pesto with the finest ingredients. At Vapiano, some must-try options include al arrabiata classico Italiano pasta for Dhs 39, truffle pasta for Dhs 69, burrata pasta for Dhs 65, and risotto al funghi for Dhs 42. 


Gia Dubai 

Gia, situated in Dubai Mall, is a fresh addition to the Italian dining scene, offering an all-day menu tailored to local preferences. Its terrace boasts cosmopolitan charm and stunning views of the Dubai Fountain, offering guests a chic yet relaxed setting. Pasta lovers shouldn't miss delectable dishes like ravioli di ricotta, Gia lasagna, and busiate alla trapanese. With an average price of Dhs 430 for two, Gia is a must-visit for Italian food enthusiasts.


Roberto’s Restaurant and Lounge

Nestled within DIFC's Gate Village 1, Roberto’s Restaurant and Lounge offers an inviting setting for a lively or romantic dinner. With a commitment to using the freshest and finest ingredients, Roberto’s brings authentic Italian flavours to Dubai. Indulge in dishes like pasta e patate di manzo, agnolotto del plin, and fettuccine Roberto’s for the ultimate pasta experience. Enjoy an average price of Dhs 550 for two.


Il Forno

Situated across various locations in Dubai, including Al Ghurair Centre and Circle Mall Branch, Il Forno Italian Restaurant has been a culinary staple since its inception in 2000. With a passion for Italian cuisine, they serve delicious pastas made with their preserved authentic recipes and flavours for over 20 years. Indulge in their signature dishes like spaghetti pearlo, lasagna di pollo, penne romantica, nonna’s baked pasta and more. Enjoy flavours of Italy with an average cost of Dhs 210 for two.


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