Bricco Pizza & Pasta

Cheery Italian proves that mall meals needn’t be a misery... Reviews

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The idea of going out for a meal in a mall would be anathema to most foodies, but there are occasional exceptions to the food court rule. Cantina Laredo and Asha’s (both in Khalidiya Mall) do a brand of Tex Mex and Indian respectively that garner fans and detractors in equal measure, and Marina Mall’s Zyng Asia also seems to split diners down the middle. However, we’ve heard only good things about Briccocafé. Allow us to offer a few words of praise.

There’s no escaping the fact that the Al Wadha Mall branch is, er, in a mall, but the designers have managed to bring the two seemingly incongruous locations together with a certain understated pizazz. The space has largely been left untouched, making good use of the huge plate windows that come with renting the corner of a modern shopping centre. The interior is brightly decorated, with a large cooking station at the centre demonstrating just how freshly Briccocafé works their produce.

Food-wise, the only thing that we found troublesome was the lack of alcohol. Italian food without a decent house red is like Simon without Garfunkel – quality stuff, but sorely lacking in harmony. However, that’s the only price you’ll pay for eating in a mall; everything we ordered from across the menu sang.

Starting with a beautifully prepared Araba pizza (the kids particularly enjoyed watching the chef knock it together behind his low-rise counter), with hunks of toasted chicken peppered throughout, we filled our side dishes from a large bowl of crisp, fresh Caprese salad and rounded the mains off with a wickedly flavoursome plate of gorgonzola ravioli. Having stood at the cooking station to watch it being spooned together, we can confirm that its wickedness lay in ladles of butter. The portions were mammoth-friendly, a good thing on this occasion. Three plates fed a family of four quite comfortably, and the food was many notches higher in quality than much of the junk they pump out at the neighbouring food court.

Finally, a special mention should go to the colourful and eccentric maitre d’ – an Italian gentleman straight out of the Big Book of Stereotypes. However, while there may have been something altogether cartoonish about him, his menu knowledge was excellent and he continuously gave our little party something to smile about. We’ll be doing our Friday shop at Al Wahda Mall from now on.

The bill (for four)
Caprese salad Dhs40
Ravioli gorgonzola Dhs54
Araba pizza Dhs54
Minestrone soup Dhs28
Pepsi Dhs6
San Pellegrino (large) Dhs18
Total Dhs200

By Jon Wilks
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

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  • Location: Khalidiyah Mall, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 635 4162
  • Travel: Mubarak Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan Street (26th Street)
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: leesa on 16 Sep ' 13 at 19:17
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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worst experience ever and i regret going there. they pretend like they are a restaurant by separating themselves from the food court. Unfortunately people fall for it and think it is a restaurant when the food is worse than the food from the food court but with extremely high prices. First of all, they brought very bad cheap bread as an appetizer which doesnt happen in proper italian restaurants. Then they brought me a pasta with extremely bad meat and bought sauce which cost 50 dhs but it was obvious the real price was 10 dhs and anyone could've made it. Also, the waitress tried to cheat us by charging extra for things i didnt get.

Posted by: vocecita on 15 May ' 13 at 07:17
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Pizzas here are gorgeous! But you have to like American style pizza with thick crust...even the "thin" crust is not as thin as real, Italian pizza. Great decor at Al Bandar branch with amaretti cookies, extra virgin olive oils and parmesan and pecorino on sale inside and displayed artfully. The pastas, however, are atrocious. I will eat most anything put in front of me, even if I don't love it, but these were inedible. Absolutely no herbs and no flavor at all...lasagna was miserable, napoletana, bolognaise and arrabiata pastas also. Simply horrific. AND the "fresh" juice came with sugar! The tuna tartare starter was also inedible as it was doused with salt...stick to the pizza in other words!

Posted by: Mohamed on 23 Nov ' 12 at 09:49
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I have been to good and bad restaurants and I have never written any reviews about my experiences. I the case of Briccocafé, the one that opened recently in Al Bandar (Al Raha Beach), I believe it is my duty toward humanity to write about my experience in that restaurant.

It was one of my worst night ever. My wife was telling me not to go there, but I insisted and for that I have to listen to what she says for the rest of our lives. When we got there, the restaurant was busy and I had to ask a waitress twice to seat us. While she was taking us to our seats, the manager came and grabbed her from her hand and asked her to serve other customers. I was really shocked of what I same. He did this three times to other waitresses while we were there. It took us 35 minutes to get the menu and another 40 minutes to place our order and another 40 minutes to get the food in our table. They brought the appetizer and main course together! The food was not that good. The lasagna my wife ordered was cold indicating that was a microwave made! Other people inside the restaurant started to leave and counseled their orders. They should close this restaurant because it hurts the reputation of Al Bandar community and the Italian food.

Not recommended at all

Posted by: Mohamed Othman on 28 Jan ' 12 at 10:16
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

There was no one when we reached the restaurant for lunch. I ordered Lasagna. It came after 10 min, cold from outside & warm from deep inside. It was a MICROWAVE process. what a waste of money 58 dhs for microwave lasagna((

Posted by: Luke on 15 Jan ' 10 at 15:22
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Defenetly the best pizza and pasta place in town.
Real italian first class ingredients, including the selection of flavoured extra virgin olive oils on the table.

Posted by: wafaa on 14 Jan ' 10 at 06:45
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

realy I like it ,, specially spagitti with sea food .

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