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St. Regis Abu Dhabi opens Italian restaurant

Abu Dhabi, September 3, 2013

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, a 283-room luxury hotel in the UAE capital, has announced the opening of its artisanal Italian restaurant,Villa Toscana, a residential dining destination within the facility.

Located on the vibrant Corniche in the heart of the UAE capital, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi offers bespoke luxury that combines the brand’s unique legacy with exceptional Arabian hospitality.

The hotel is part of Nation Towers, andis the third St. Regis hotel to open in the Middle East since the brand was introduced to the region in 2012.

Serving hand-crafted, regional Italian specialties from Tuscany, Umbria, and Emilia-Romagna, Villa Toscana’s design creates the feel of visiting the inviting summer home of an Italian noblem, said a senior official.

“In an era of quickly-passing, largely-unremarkable fine dining experiences, Villa Toscana is becoming a trusted option for those who prefer exceptional food prepared to exacting standards yet served in an entirely unpretentious manner, often by the chef himself,” remarked Ruben Gabiño, the director of Food and Beverage, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi.

"Family and friends meet for a journey of culinary surprise and delight amid the spectacle of entertaining open kitchens. Groups can follow the Italian tradition of sharing among friends by meeting at the restaurant’s signature communal dining table, the first in the city." he stated.

At the same time, the confidentiality of couples and select business parties is ensured via large private dining tables set away from the liveliness of the restaurant’s entry way, remarked Gabiño.

Chef de Cuisine Stefano Viola, from the Italian region of Tuscany, has previously served as executive Chef at the Michelin Star Ristorante Re Di Macchia in Siena, Italy. He believes that respect for traditions is equal to respect for inventiveness and improvisation.

"Tuscany shines with Chianina; Emilia Romagna contributes with finest cured meat, Romagna lamb, polenta, and pasta dishes; and Lombardy with its great variety of risottos and wonderful cheeses. Sicily, Apulia, and Calabria will find their imprint in the menu, showing the traces of all cultures which established themselves in Southern Italy," said Viola.

“The menu will change several times a year, enablingus to utilise produce at its seasonal peak, ensuring dishes develop and preserve the utmost aroma and bring flavour to their palatable peak,” he noted.

“Tasting menus are also expected to play a large part in showcasing Villa Toscana’s signature dishes, as they allow for the wonderful interplay of varied textures,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service




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