By Olivia Cuccaro
Dubai is making a name for itself as a dining destination for all types of cuisine.
From luxury hotels housing top restaurants to impressive local spots, Italian food is a highlight in the city.
Click through the gallery to view the best Italian restaurants in Dubai.
Already an established Italian icon, Armani extends its reaches into Dubai with Armani Hotel.
The luxury property features Armani Ristorante, a restaurant specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with spaghetti, Branzino and risotto dishes.
Armani Ristorante frequently offers a seasonal menu and includes a private dining room for intimate meals. If you’re staying onsite, we recommend the Armani Dubai Suite from our Top 100 list.
Social by Heinz Beck
Chef Heinz Beck brings the Italian expertise achieved by La Pergola to Dubai with Social.
The restaurant resides in the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah and offers guests an elegant atmosphere with an expertly-planned menu from the three-Michelin-starred chef.
Try the dover sole for a fish dish or the grilled rib eye to share.
On Mondays, the restaurant provides a five-course tasting menu with complimentary champagne.
For dinner with a view, this restaurant is hard to beat. Dine on the terrace for stunning views of the world’s tallest structure, the Burj Khalifa, and enjoy both Italian and seafood entrees.
Along with a menu of classic pasta favorites, there is a catch of the day fresh fish counter to delight your palate.
In the kitchen, Chef Leonardo Maltese and his team of Italian chefs bring authentic Italian flavors to downtown Dubai.
Citing inspiration from Rome, Milan and Venice, Roberto’s presents an array of dishes inclusive of vegetarians and those with dietary restrictions.
The menu comprises both traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine, with a raw bar and gourmet pizza as well.
Gaze at the Dubai skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows or step out onto the Terrazza and sample more than 30 varieties of cigars.
The Ritz-Carlton Dubai’s award-winning restaurant serves artisinal Italian cuisine with a creative twist. Most notable is Spendido’s array of apéritifs and digestifs reminscent of Tuscany.
Taste the four-course set menu of classical dishes paired with wine and Aperol.
A newcomer to the Dubai scene, Palazzo Versace has opened a signature Italian restaurant on the premises.
The restaurant’s opulent decor complements the traditional Italian cuisine crafted by Chef Andrea Gaia.
For a romantic evening, request the Pasta Tasting Menu for two.