If someone asks me, what’s that one thing that makes Italian cuisine special in your eyes? I would say its simplicity. The cuisine that was ranked the best in the world by CNN in 2013 has been a favourite of many for years, minimalism being its biggest attraction. And if you are living with the notion that Italian cuisine is all about pizzas and pastas, then visit some of these Italian restaurants in Muscat. Something different and authentic is awaiting you.
Welcome to the new kid in the block. With its bistro-style setup, Eatalian at the Avenues Mall is a new home for pastas, pizzas, and antipasti. Experience some of the mouth-watering and taste fulﬁlling flavours that include, insalata, picolli piatta, pizza, pasta, piatto and dolci. Try the grilled calamari, cheese ravioli fritte, gnocchi, and the parmesan chicken. If you are too hungry and looking for something really filling try the Mezzo Metro pizza which is a combination of two types of pizza. Classic Italian is equally enticing.
Avenues Mall, Ghubra
+968 2206 0025
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
Have you tried the Penne Rustica at Romano’s Macaroni Grill? If not, this week make sure you make a trip to the Avenues Mall to have a bite. This pasta dish in a savoury cream sauce, served with a green or Caesar salad and homemade garlic bread sticks is out of the world. The portion sizes are large and the menu offers many choices on seafood. If you are a shrimp lover try Pesto Shrimp Avocado Crostini. If not then go for the hot spicy Ricotta meatballs. For those who are real health conscious try the Chicken Florentine salad.
Avenues Mall, Ghubra
+968 2200 5650
The first Italian takeaway restaurant in Muscat has home-made pasta, Italian pizzas, grilled panini sandwiches, fresh salads, and delicious Italian desserts.
Muscat Grand Mall, Ghubra
+968 9425 8440
Start with ‘You rock my world’ salad. It is rich in flavours with fresh rocket leaves, goji berries, walnuts, cheese, and mushroom and topped up with healthy dressing. Try their delicious seafood appetiser, their signature pizza, and the risotto balls. If you have a sweet tooth try the warm Italian cinnamon sugar dough balls with vanilla ice cream.
+ 968 2460 1310
The menu of Trattoria offers starters, soups, salads, pastas, other mains, and desserts. Order Penne Con Pomodoro E Manzo (which is penne pasta with beef, artichokes, black olives, asparagus, chilli, and tomato sauces, or Deliziosa, a pizza of Danish mozzarella, tomato sauce, turkey bacon, and gorgonzola cheese on top. Trattoria offers a variety of cakes and gelato for desserts.
Al Asalah Towers, Ghubra
+ 968 2421 0451
Tuscany, Grand Hyatt
Try scallop leek tart, pan fried scallop, Alaskan king crab, cous-cous, braised endive and apple curry sauce, fresh maltagliati pasta, broad beans, taleggio cheese, crispy beef bacon or asparagus ricotta ravioli, butter, sage, pumpkin cream from the long list in the menu. There’s more in the list at this exclusive Italian restaurant which has specialty menus from regional areas of Italy, bringing the essence of authentic Italian cooking in Oman.
Grand Hyatt, Shatti Al Qurum
+968 2464 1234
Are you in search of traditional Italian dishes? What about having freshly made thin and crispy hand tossed crust pizza, some healthy salads, Italian pasta with a variety of tasty sauces, lasagna, or a creative selection of home-made desserts,? For all of these visit Italiano.
Qurum Gardens Centre
+ 968 2456 0823
Rossini, The Cave
If you are looking for a fine dining Italian cuisine, a visit to Rossini at The Cave is a must. Try the tournedos of polenta and mousse of cod fish, carnaroli rice saffron veloute’, bresaola, meringue, and alba truffle infusion.
The Cave Complex, Darsait
+ 968 2465 1066
Italian ice creams, gelatos, sorbets, frozen yoghurt, desserts, burgers, sandwiches and pasta this place situated at Al Araimi centre is famous for.
Al Araimi Complex, Qurum
+968 2202 2622
O Sole Mio, Raddison Blu Muscat
For a true Italian treat O Sole Mio at the Raddison Blu is the place to be, for an ultimate fine dining experience. Though it is difficult to remember the lengthy names, you must sink your teeth in Almone Girgilato Con Salsa Di Zafrano, that is grilled salmon fillet with saffron sauce, Spaghetti Alla Marinara; spaghetti pasta with mix seafood, and tomato sauce and parmesan cheese or Rucola E Parmigiano Ripieni Di Manzo Rotolo Carpaccio Con Al Limone, rucola, and parmesan cheese stuffed beef carpacio roll with lemon dressing. And if you are looking for a bigger spread then opt for the special nights. While Saturdays are steak night, Sundays are seafood special.
Raddison Blu Muscat, Al Khuwair
+ 968 2447 9869