Crown Prince attends Abu Dhabi GP with UAE leaders

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Crown Prince Mohammed met with leaders and dignitaries from a host of countries. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed met with leaders and dignitaries from a host of countries. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed met with leaders and dignitaries from a host of countries. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed met with leaders and dignitaries from a host of countries. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed met with leaders and dignitaries from a host of countries. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed met with leaders and dignitaries from a host of countries. (SPA)
Updated 02 December 2019

Crown Prince attends Abu Dhabi GP with UAE leaders

  • Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's deputy defense minister, and Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the energy minister, also attended the event
  • The race took place at the end of an official visit to the UAE by the crown prince, during which a number of deals were struck

ABU DHABI: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman joined Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid to watch the last Formula One race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

The race took place at the end of an official visit to the UAE by the crown prince, during which a number of deals were struck.

At the grand prix, the last of the F1 season, Crown Prince Mohammed met with leaders and dignitaries from a host of countries.

Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's deputy defense minister, and Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the energy minister, also attended the event.

After leaving the UAE Sunday evening, the crown prince thanked Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE's president.
"As I leave your brotherly country, I am pleased to express to Your Highness my utmost gratitude and appreciation for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to me and the accompanying delegation," Crown Prince Mohammed said in a cable.

He added that the visit "confirmed the deep historical and distinguished relations between our two brotherly countries."

 


LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

Updated 15 December 2019

LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

  • Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one

RIYADH: Renowned Italian restaurant Madeo has opened up in Al-Murabba for Riyadh Season. 

The pop-up has started brightly, and head chef Gianni Vietina invited Arab News to sample the menu and chat about his experience.

Vietina, in Saudi Arabia for the first time, said that he loved the location he had set up in, and was very happy to be opening up in the Kingdom. 

“The location is gorgeous. At night, with all the lights on, the music going, it’s very nice.”

Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one and that the response was even better than he had expected. 

“Like anything new, you have quests, you have problems. Up to now, we’re doing pretty good. We are up and running. We’re comfortable now, which is a shame as we’re leaving pretty soon,” he said.

He added that he would repeat the experience in a heartbeat if he could: “They were nice enough to ask me to stay in Saudi a little longer, but I can’t. I need to go back home. But I would love to come back.”

He said that while he was not planning to open up a permanent restaurant in Saudi Arabia, he would not rule it out completely.  “I’ve been offered options, and friends have offered to show me locations while I’m here, but I can’t do it right now, I just opened a new restaurant two months ago,” he said.

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like.”

Gianni Vietina, Head chef of Madeo

The pop-up’s menu contains most of what the original restaurant offers, including his ever-popular penne madeo and spaghetti bolognese, with the chefs using a combination of imported and locally sourced ingredients. 

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like,” he told Arab News.

For the pop-up, Vietina has stuck to using halal and alcohol-free ingredients. 

“It was challenging at the beginning. But the bolognese at Madeo doesn’t contain pork, and I realized after we tried cooking without wine that almost nothing changed. I actually prefer it,” he said.

Madeo is a favorite of Saudis visiting Los Angeles, with Vietina going so far as to describe the restaurant as a “Little Riyadh” on most evenings between July and September. 

He even recognizes some of the customers who have come into the Riyadh pop-up, and always stops over to greet them.

Upon sampling the menu, it’s easy to see why the food at Madeo has remained popular all these years. 

The eggplant parmigiana is a perfect blend of crusty cheese and silky smooth eggplant, with hints of basil and rosemary. 

The bolognese is rich, meaty and decadent, without being too heavy and greasy. And the penne madeo, which Vietina has been eating since his childhood, is a timeless classic of crushed tomato, basil, finished off with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano for a creamy, rich flavor.