Posted by Sarah Nossy on 31st July 2019.

Luigi's is an Italian casual dining restaurant that opened back in 2008. Can you imagine a restaurant being open 11 years!? That's just unheard of in this day and age, especially in Dubai.

They open at 3pm every day for a la carte but then start serving a buffet option every evening from 6pm. It is quite a small restaurant seating only around 45 guests at a time, creating a cosy ambiance.

The buffet option differs from the a la carte menu. We have a look at what's on offer before settling on the a la carte menu and being led to our reserved table in the corner of the restaurant surrounded by glass windows and a view out of Sheikh Zayed Road.

The a la carte menu is quite limited with just 4 pages and only a few options under each heading; soup, salad, starter, with a few more added under the pizza, pasta, mains and dessert heading. If only this was a bar as their beverage menu far outweighs the food.

Albert, our very polite waiter for the evening was very helpful when it came to selecting a tipple and not to mention was super efficient when it came to table service.

The chef visited our table and brought us an amuse-bouche on the house; a crispy golden deep-fried prawn with a chunky tomato sauce.

The 2018 Chenin Blanc that I ordered wasn't as smooth as I had hoped but was light enough to compliment the caprese salad and fried calamari that we had as starters.

Our Hawaiian chicken pizza came on a thin and crispy base although the pineapple wasn't prominent.?

The tortellini stuffed with spinach and cheese was a highlight for me, bathed in a tomato pesto sauce and topped with gratings of fresh Parmesan cheese. The simple ingredients sometimes combine to create the best flavours.

The tiramisu for dessert was nicely presented and was decent however not the best I've had in Dubai but the citrus panna cotta with shavings of white chocolate was a nice addition to end our meal with.

The buffet prices are decent and vary depending on which drink option you choose: 149aed with soft drinks, 199aed with house wine & beer or 299aed with spirits with kids between 6-13 years old paying only half price at just 74.50aed. Not bad for unlimited food, dessert and a live pasta station.

If you're in the area around dinnertime then it is an affordable option, especially since offer free valet parking as well.? You can find them on the Mezzanine level of Four Points by Sheraton on SZR.

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