Villa Toscana

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We’ve always enjoyed our visits to Villa Toscana – the aristocratic-themed dining room, charming staff, the relaxing views of the Corniche from the breezy terrace – it’s got a lot in its favour. Then, of course, there is the beautiful food that comes perfectly presented.

Carpaccio is a reliable Italian staple and we’re lucky to have a few good interpretations in the capital. Villa Toscana treats its version differently. The beef encases a mound of sautéed onions and when combined with peppery rocket and shavings of parmesan, it makes for a punchy bite. But we would have enjoyed it a lot more if the onion was more caramelised and sweet.

Seafood fans will make light work of the creamy risotto. It comes with enough seafood to ensure you get a piece in every spoonful. Ours has a little more liquid than you’d usually find, but we love that – it just means we get to mop it all up with fresh, home-made bread.
We continue the carb-fest with gnocchi in tomato and seafood sauce. The gnocchi itself is perfectly made and cooked. It’s light as a feather, where others are stodgy. It means the rich sauce works well, too, adding depth to the dish.

The bottom line

We were big fans before – and we still are.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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.


  • Location: The St. Regis Corniche, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 694 4553
  • Travel: Nation Towers
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Times: Open noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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