Time Out Says
We went to Biancorosso in the Y Tower to see how fair the Italian fare is in the area.
Entering the restaurant, the absence of table-cloths gives something of a cafeteria feel, but the Italian merchandise hanging from the ceiling, the walls and the shelves makes it feel warm and authentic, if not a little kitsch.
Friendly staff welcomed us as we entered the quiet pizzeria. The service was flawless for the entire meal, friendly and warm. The set-up is fairly casual, which made us feel right at home.
The menu is not an in-depth Italian spread, rather a simplistic execution of the classics. You won’t see risottos or truffles coming from the kitchen. We choose a bruschetta to start, and a pasta and pizza for our mains. The dishes were served promptly, impressive given their fresh and oven-baked quality.
The bruschetta tasted good, but lacked variation, we used the balsamic on the table to season it rather than the dish coming with any on it. The ingredients, simply tomato and basil on bread, were good and fresh but it could have used more of a mixture of flavours to give the dish some depth.
We enjoyed watching the live-cooking station to assemble pizzas, as did a few of the children around us while we waited for our mains to be served.
The pasta, a penne dino, came with a cooked-dough lid which was novel. The pizza overwhelmed in its size. We tucked in with Italian music enriching the experience.
The penne dino was a creamy masterpiece. The sauce was rich and homely – the pasta perfectly cooked and the broccoli was complementary to the sauce. The serving size is just right, the simple flavours were in harmony.
The pizza was delicious, the thin and crispy home-made based with just the right amount of cheese and flavour. The roasted capsicum and onion was delicious. The only fault of the pizza was the black olives – they tasted a bit cheap and dry. Never mind – we picked them off and were happy with everything else. The highlight of the evening was when the waiter offered us some chili for the pizza, and a homemade olive oil infusion was handed to us to drizzle over it.
We opted out of dessert, though will be sure to sample the tiramisu on our next visit because we will surely be coming back to Biancorosso. For what was a pleasant meal, we were even more satisfied when the bill came.
The bill (for two)
Penne dino Dhs45
Mediterranea pizza Dhs45
Total (excluding service) Dhs108
By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff | 12 Nov 2013
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