You know you’ll have delicious Italian food once you walk in the restaurant and smell the pizza getting baked in the oven. Yum!
Luigia at Rixos JBR quickly became on-top of my favorite Italian restaurants’ list in Dubai. Starting with the amazing ambience, great food and oh-delicious desserts!
Located in newly open Rixos Premium JBR, you can easily spot Luigia once you enter the hotel. The cozy ambience and inviting hosts gives you good vibes once you enter. I loved the set up of the place. The restaurant is separated into two different sections, smoking and non-smoking. The smoking section consists of few dinner tables, high tables and of course the bar area. The non-smoking section consists of dinner tables and fancy couches, and there’s also a play area for the little ones.
Now let me tell you a little bit about the food. The menu contains 33 different Neapolitan pizzas and they are dividd according to the toppings: Margherita varieties with the tomato sauce and mozzarella, “senza pomodoro” which is without tomato, “marinare” without cheese,”pomodorino piennolo” with piennolo domtatoes and “fantasia del sud” which has their most creative pizzas. They also have many pasta and risotto options.
Starting with the appetizers, we went for the “Petalis” which are flower shaped appetizers made from the pizza crust, and you can have it either with mozzarella, mushrooms, truffle cream and fresh truffle (vegetarian) or cheese and bresaola/turkey ham. I have tried the vegetarian option and it was DELICIOUS!
For main course we had the “Etana” pizza from the “Fantasia del Sud” section. It was topped with Granna Padano cheese, spicy sausages and basil. It was as delicious as it looked and good for sharing. We also had Gnocchi alla Sorrentina; which is my absolute favorite Italian dish (various thick, small, and soft dough dumplings that may be made from semolina, ordinary wheat flour, egg, cheese, potato, breadcrumbs, cornmeal, or similar ingredients.) This one is topped with tomato sauce, Granna Padano cheese and basil. Extremely tasty and filling.
Of course ending it on a sweet note, we had to get their unique Tirramisu. To be honest, I was never a fan of Tirramisu, if it’s there I would eat it but I would never open a menu and order one. The first time at Luigia, my friend insisted that I try it and promised it was different from any other Tirramisu I have tried. And she was completely right, everything about it was special, from the strong taste of coffee to how it melts in your mouth. Definitely a must try. The profiterole was equally superb and the best part, it was filled with ice-cream!