Good Italian food makes me go weak on my knees just like Taste of Italy did. Taste of Italy by Heinz Beck is the celebrity chef’s first casual restaurant concept serving the UAE some amazingly delicious home made Italian food with the finest ingredients imported from Italy. Now what more can one ask for.
The place is located at Galleria mall on Al Wasl road with a huge seating area and also has a lot of cooking ingredients from Italy for sale as well, from Olive oils to Pesto sauces and a lot more.
We were seated, greeted and handed over the menu by the friendly staff whom seemed extremely busy though. The place seemed quiet popular as it was busy even on a working day.
We started the meal with a Tartare Di Salmone. This was fine chopped salmon fillet, chopped tomatoes and avocado served with fresh herbs and home made balsamic dressing. Tiny fresh pieces of Salmon with avocado melting in the mouth. It sure was a great start.
For the Salad the chef suggested the Tonno Con I Cereali, marinated tuna served with lentil and barley salad. I have never had something like this in the past. It was so fresh and full of flavour. This is a must try when here. Unique and extremely authentic.
We then fried the Calamari e Zucchini Fritte, this was fried calamari and zucchini with green tomato jam and mayonnaise. It was deep fried yet so light, crunchy and delicious.
How can one go to an Italian restaurant and not try their Burrata! Omg this was sure one of the best part of the meal. I could be a bit biased but then I love burrata. This one came with some carrots, zucchini, asparagus seasoned with balsamic vinegar.
For the main course we were suggested the Linguine Al Pesto Genovese, the Tortellini Di Melanzane Con Pomodoro E Olio Al Basilico and a Pizza Rosse (the Gamberi, Avocado E Rucola)
The fresh tortilla pasta stuffed with aubergine served with tomato salsa and basil oil stole my heart. It was sure one of the best I have had in a while. It was just so light and we ate the entire portion really quick. This is again a must have when here.
The Pizza surprised me again. Avocado and shrimps, what a great combination. I just couldn’t get enough of this one either.
How does one ever miss desserts when at an Italian restaurant! We tried the Tiramisu and the Yogurt Al Frutti Rossi Con Gelato. The Tiramisu was presented in such a unique and amazing manner. we were told it was a classic deconstructed one. It is Chef Heinz Beck’s signature. It sure was a signature dessert. The Gelato was great too, the presentation itself was just so great.
A big shout out to the Head Chef Federico for the amazing hospitality and suggesting the best from the menu. This place is clearly one of the best restaurants serving Italian food in the city.