First and foremost, I need to give Trattoria Toscana a shoutout for their #StopStucking sustainability initiative that sees a ban on all plastic straws in the restaurant – I hope more eateries take note of this and start implementing ASAP!
And now onto the good stuff: the location, the food and the Aperol…ohhh the Aperol! Anyone else who is a habitual consumer of this glorious Italian beverage will probably know all too well the perils of finding a decent cocktail in Dubai that radiates that iconic blood orange hue. Well guess what, I found one.
We kicked off our dinner at Madinat Jumeirah’s Trattoria Toscana with several rounds of Aperol whilst nibbling on the antipasto sharing platter, a dish that has a little bit of everything you could want from an Italian, including burrata, bruschetta, croquettes and meatballs in a tomato and basil sauce.
For mains, we moved on to wine – the carafes are both well priced and add an authentic feel to the whole experience – and shared our dishes of choice with each other. The truffle pizza, eggplant parmigiana and seafood spaghetti all went down a treat before we delved into the dessert menu. Now, I’m sure at this point I’ve made my categorical dislike of coffee-flavoured puddings abundantly clear, so I let Michelle and Lora share the affocato al caffe whilst I enjoyed my raspberry pana cotta.
Trattoria Toscana also has decent number of gluten-free dishes, including pasta, pizza and dessert, so there really is something for everyone.
Whilst we ate dinner, we sat by the water under the twinkling lights of the Burj Al Arab, and it really added a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ – or should I say ‘non so che’ – to the evening. So my only concern is with summer rearing its ugly head, the beautiful outdoor dining space will close down for summer and dining will be reduced to indoor only. Roll on September then, eh?
For more information and bookings visit www.trattoria-toscana-italianrestaurant.business.site or call 04 366 6318