Discover Dubai’s first two Michelin-starred restaurant

Lindsay Judge   |   03-09-2022

When one of Dubai’s finest Italian restaurants was awarded two Michelin stars, we had to check it out!


Il Ristorante by Italian chef Niko Romito is located in the luxury destination of Bulgari Resort Dubai. Romito’s restaurants have become a key part of the luxury brand’s hospitality destinations with many located in resorts worldwide.


Il Ristorante – Niko Romito is run locally by Resident chef Giacomo Amicucci who is overseen by Niko Romito himself. This year the restaurant became the only one to be awarded two Michelin stars in the UAE, recognised for its unique and modern way of expressing traditional Italian dishes.


Chef Niko Romito and Chef Giacomo Amicucci – Il Ristorante Action 2022


Romito is famed for his artistic, minimalist way of expressing Italian culture through his recipes combined with the understated minimal design of his restaurants. When entering Il Ristorante – Niko Romito in Dubai there is an instant sense of elevated luxury. Rich, flawless interiors offer a sophisticated yet welcoming atmosphere as you take a seat with views over the nearby bay and marina.




The menu at first glance seems quite straightforward; plenty of Italian classics such as Lasagne, Tortellini, and Risotto – but while the names of the dishes are recognisable, the presentation is something else. With each course, we became more and more impressed by the colours, the designs and the presentation of our choices. Crafted like works of art, each dish has a perfect combination of textures and colours to create a picture-perfect menu.




And then we come to the taste which was even better than we expected. The chef has kept the traditional Italian flavours in each of the dishes which was exactly what we were hoping for, but the careful pairing of modern ingredients adds a spectacular twist. We were particularly taken aback by the homemade pasta dishes (the lasagne is a must-try – trust us), and the Tortellini with ricotta and spinach is very special. Seafood dishes including the steamed seabass, roasted langoustines and for main, the oven-baked black cod with spiced tomatoes is delicious.




Make sure you save room for dessert as there are very special twists on Italian classics such as Tiramisu, warm chocolate cake with orange reduction and for a more modern dessert; chocolate and gold – we’ll leave that one to your imagination!


All in all this exclusive destination is well-deserving of its two Michelin stars and certainly provides an experience to remember!