DUBAI: If you are yearning to experience a different culture or cuisine but are still hesitant about traveling, Larte can satisfy your Italian craving from inside Dubai.
Located in the emirate’s Studio City, the restaurant has a youthful vibrancy to it. The muted grey walls are adorned with colorful art and accent shelves, with Italian music playing in the background.
Larte offers five varieties of bruschetta, a traditional Italian first course of grilled bread with different toppings.
Go for the Pomodoro if you are looking for a fresh or traditional option, as it is topped with fresh tomato cubes, basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
If you like mushrooms then the Tartufina might be more to your taste, topped with burrata, truffle sauce, pomegranate seeds and honey.
If you prefer a warm, decadent starter, go for Alpeggio, topped with sauteed baby spinach, brie and crushed walnuts.
Another option is Norcinan, for those who prefer to start with something more filling and earthy-flavored, with beef bacon, sheep’s milk pecorino cheese and mushroom sauce.
There is also an option for those looking for an Italian flavor with a modern twist. Crudaiola is topped with mashed avocado, rucola, sundried tomatoes, sunflower seeds and extra virgin olive oil.
We would recommend the Pomodoro and Tartufina options, but Larte has a platter of assorted bruschettas if you are unsure of what you want.
For a main course, we would highly recommend the Cotolette. The breaded prime rib was soft and juicy yet crispy.
It comes with a side of garlicy and smoky roasted potatoes, grilled mushrooms and Arrabiata sauce, which is made by cooking garlic, tomatoes and dried red chili peppers in olive oil.
The most memorable course at Larte was dessert. For chocolate and cheese lovers, we would recommend the Nutella cheesecake as it has a perfect balance of sweetness and sourness.
The tiramisu was also excellent. Its strong coffee flavor was not bitter and went well with the creaminess of the filling.