As its name suggests, Villa Toscana is as Italian as it gets. Inspired by the stately villas of Tuscany, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s rustic Italian eatery banks on its top-notch produce and Italian culinary savoir faire, resulting in one of the city’s most exclusive dining experiences. The menu is a beautiful celebration of Italian produce, sourced from Tuscany, Umbria and Emilia-Romagna, under the tutelage of Culinary Chef Rosario Martorana.
I started with appetisers —  a flavourful eggplant parmigiana seasoned with fresh basil, followed by the comforting textures and aromas of a lobster and prawn ravioli. I also sampled a small portion of porcini risotto, which was textured to perfection.

The mains impressed me — a succulent leg of lamb, grilled and served with potatoes and vegetables. What struck me about Villa Toscana was the sheer simplicity of the dishes, and the strong emphasis on high-quality produce.

Verdict: An excellent Italian restaurant for refined palates.

Hours: 1900 to 2300

Price: Upwards of Dhs 400 / ₹7,555

Contact: Villa Toscana, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, P.O. Box 60476,Corniche, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Ravi Lalwani