A special menu celebrating Italian cowboys comes to Abu Dhabi

Check out the meaty marvel at Villa Toscana this week

A special menu celebrating Italian cowboys comes to Abu Dhabi

We’ll be honest, we’d never heard of a Buttero cowboy before we read about the festival celebrating them at Italian restaurant Villa Toscana.

It turns out that these adventurous horseriders roamed the hills of the Maremma region of Tuscany, and in between herding cattle and travelling from sunrise to sunset, they used to feast on simple meals of bread, chicory plants and beef.

Villa Toscana’s Buttero Festival lets you learn about this interesting part of Italian history, and also enjoy a menu inspired by these legendary figures (although the dishes are surely far more decadent than anything they will have eaten in their rustic hillside camps).

The menu is split into chicken, lamb, beef, sharing plates and sides. It’s a relatively straightforward system, but the flavours are anything but boring.

Have you found yourself turning into a bit of a truffle addict since moving to Abu Dhabi? Well if that’s the case then you’ll be all over the chicken breast with seasonal truffle sauce. Or, if you’re yet to be converted, there’s also grilled chicken with fragrant  rosemary, thyme and oregano.

If you and your bestie/other half/sibling/casual acquaintance who just happens to be dining with you are big meat lovers, then you really need to try the sharing platters.

These huge plates feature a mixed grill with beef, lamb, veal and chicken, and a dry-aged porterhouse steak (big enough for two).

Other mains include grilled lamb loin marinated in rosemary and mint, and rib-eye beef with rocket salad and parmesan cheese.

Meanwhile, nothing gives you a more complete taste of the region than sampling the delights of beef and lamb marinated in Italian grapes, and this exciting menu lets you try both.

The sides are also exceptional, with grilled Mediterranean vegetables, seasonal artichokes and roasted baby potatoes finishing things off perfectly. Yee-haw!
Prices vary. Feb 15-23 7pm-11pm. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, West Corniche (02 694 4553).

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