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T alk about a glittering reception. Welcoming us at the new Italian at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche are a host of Hollywood A-listers – there’s Brando, DiCaprio, Pavarotti, Stallone and Sophia Loren, amongst others. All looking glamorous in black and white head shots.

Despite finding a home in a luxury hotel, Parmigiana has a relaxed and cosy feel to it. The staff are dressed in jeans and Converse and the tables are covered with monochrome-checked cloths.

As for the food, there’s not a dizzying amount on offer. The menu fits onto just one double-page spread, so we hope quality supersedes quantity.

We begin with a burrata. It ticks all the boxes – soft, delicate and creamy. The cherry tomatoes that accompany it, however, could benefit from being roasted for a little while longer to further sweeten them.

For mains, there is a choice of pizzas and pastas, as well as meat and fish dishes.

We take inspiration from the restaurant’s name and order the chicken parmigiana (pictured above) and it proves a good choice. The flattened, crumb-coated, fillet is crunchy, tender and covered in a rich tomato sauce topped with cheese. It comes with a portion of spaghetti, which makes for a filling, satisfying main course.

The risotto with porcini mushrooms is a more typical dish and, once again, it’s good. The sauce is thick and creamy and the rice is well-cooked. We only wish the team would be a bit more generous with the fresh truffle on top.
By the time we get to dessert, all is forgiven, though. The tiramisu is done properly. The saviordi biscuits are thoroughly coffee-soaked, the mascarporne feels rightfully indulgent.

This good-value, simply Italian joint is a welcome addition.

The bill (for two)
1 x burrata Dhs55
1 x parmigiana Dhs70
1 x risotto Dhs65
1 x tiramisu Dhs45
1 x large water Dhs25
Total (including tax) Dhs317

The bottom line
Does the simple things well.

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: Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 813 7777
  • Travel: Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Times: Open Sun-Fri noon-3.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm

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