Gorgeous Italian restaurant that brings sexy back - Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
For our pasta course, we try a tasting portion of a few. The Pappardelle, freshly made, has all the homeliness you want in a pasta. It is stuffed with pecorino. Really creamy. In fairness though, Head Chef Fabio Genghini brings exactly that quality to Vivaldi. I have tried a number of restaurants in a fine setting, claiming to be homely but the result is unconvincing. Based on the way Chef plates a number of dishes, I already have that sense of simplicity and the pasta dishes drive this home emphatically. However, over and above these, it is his manner which cannot but help you endear yourself to him. A Chef who, table side, opens his heart can, through his words, create that feeling of home, no matter what china or silver is used on the table.
The Ravioli Di magro , a spinach and ricotta dish, is simply amazing. Spinach mousse, parmesan foam and also thin strips of parmesan allow Chef to play around with textures, but again, and this I appreciate in the dishes, there are no overwhelming flavours.
Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo shows that restaurants while having amazing views and an aesthetic element that could turn any drab meal into an occasion, can and should be so much more. Vivaldi does that. It would be easy to trade on the views and serve mediocre food because most diners will sacrifice a dish for a view, but it does not. Between the manager and the chef, Vivaldi has come up with a way to keep bringing diners back. The two of them also show that while ingredients are an essential part of a meal, it is ultimately the people who guide you through the meal experience that matter more. Isn't that at the heart and soul of Italian dining?
Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
+971 4 2071717
Price for 2 for a 3-course meal including 2 glasses of wine 600AED