Dubai, United Arab Emirates
With olive trees in cobalt pots, snowy linen and blue-and-white striped chairs, this relative newcomer to Dubai’s dining scene (opened in early 2019) has the airy chicness of a villa on the Amalfi coast. Time your visit to sunset to enjoy an aperitivo on the terrace as you watch the mega yachts and jet skis on Dubai Marina blush fiery pink, before heading inside for sustainably caught seafood fresh from the Mediterranean Sea. Menus showcase the best of Southern Italian cuisine: start with an impressive crudo selection – oysters, tuna carpaccio, beluga caviar – before working your way through the traditional four courses. Homemade pastas are a real highlight, in particular spaghetti with sea urchin, amberjack and zingy Amalfi lemon zest, while a signature dessert of three cannoli filled with various creams (chocolate, pistachio and orange) is ideal for sharing. By Dubai standards, the wine list is well-priced with bottles starting at $48 (significantly less than many restaurants of a similar quality).
Bluewaters Island, Dubai,