Italian at Sacci - The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
|A functional and cosy bar area.|
|Simple and homely|
My accompanying drink, meanwhile, turns out to be well recommended. Unlike the Villa Sandi, the Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco is drier and a delight in its own right. Very fine with small bubbles, a good choice indeed! I like the wine list. Extensive and reasonable. Also recommended is the Sacci range of cocktails!
The service at Sacci is pitched at the right level. They seem to have found, in a very short space of time, a level of service that suits the restaurant. When you position yourself in the niche that they have, staff are familiar without being unprofessional. Chatty but not casual. Balanced. Read my previous post on Sacci at the their launch here: http://bit.ly/10fY62J.
|Kids' size pasta|
At this point I recognize one of Sacci's major strengths, and this is where Chef Stefano plays such an important role. When you meet him, he comes across as very down to earth, quiet and a man of few words. He does not try to do anything elaborate with the dishes. Simple food simply presented but high on a homely taste. Character.
I am torn regarding dessert. Having tried the tiramisu before, I know I would like to break new ground and have something different. On the other hand, I would like to try the tiramisu again. Solution - something new and old.
The tiramisu, like the last time, confirms Chef's take on it - this is not about the infusion of coffee that one usually associates with tiramisu. For me, the Tiramisu here is about the mascarpone cream. Decadent and indulgent. The texture is provided by biscotti and the granules of dark chocolate on the surface. Finally, I try the Cannoli Siciliana. Lemon. Lemon cream and lemon sorbet make this a special dessert because I find it more sour than sweet. Orange zest adds a bit more sourness, this time to the ricotta inside the cannoli. Highly recommended for a more mature palate.
In the end, Sacci proved what I suspected when I attended its launch - it is out to serve classic Italian dishes in a very understated setting, where food and service take centre stage. And it succeeded. It is a welcome boost to a part of the city that has been crying out for some quality Italian, and it has arrived now. Great prices, food and service at the beautiful Westin will leave you wondering why you are going elsewhere to numerous overpriced venues.
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa
Starters 45-120 Dhs