Italian food is loved all over the world, and the variety of comfort dishes on menus in Italian restaurants tends to suit even the fussiest eaters' needs. The warm, hearty dishes are ideal for sharing with friends, and it doesn't get much better than passing around pizzas while partying with peers. Dubai has a huge number of world-class Italian eateries, and the standard is so high that we have even been forced to rank some of the best calzones on offer in the neighbourhood. Here we take a look at what some of the best dishes to share with friends are.
1. Homemade Tiramisu
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Italians can not only boast that they invented pizza, one of the most popular foods in the world, they can also brag about having one of the best desserts. Tiramisu is a staple in Italian restaurants and a perfect way to end every meal. Although you may be full up after your massive main course, there's always room to share a spoonful or two of this rich, creamy, layered cake with a loved one. In fact, it doesn't get much more romantic than enjoying a tiramisu together over candlelight. Certo Italian Restaurant in the Radisson Blu Hotel has a fantastic homemade version of this delightful dessert.
2. Doppie Dough Balls
For some people, the best thing about pizza is the fresh, soft and sumptuous, doughy base. For this reason, a number of restaurants have begun to serve up dough balls as a starter so that the base lovers can go directly to the thing they love the most. At Pizza Express, one of the best starter sharing options is the Doppie dough balls, which come with a selection of tantalising dips. These mouth-wateringly delicious bite-sized treats are a great way to prime your taste buds before the main event. The restaurant has some other tempting starters as well, such as the spicy chicken wings.
3. Panna Cotta
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Panna cotta is another iconic Italian dessert, and while this one is not necessarily a sharing dish among friends, it is certainly one that can be enjoyed by lovers. This thickened cream treat hasn't been around as long as the well-known Tiramisu and only got famous in the USA in the 1990s. But since then it has become almost as common as the coffee sponge cake and is a perfectly light way to end a good meal. One of the best places to enjoy this sweet in Dubai is Mercato, which is located in Gate Village.
4. Quattro Formaggi Pizza
One of the greatest things about pizzas is that they are perfectly designed for sharing among friends. But there is a slight problem. Sometimes, with all the amazing offerings in terms of toppings, it's hard to agree on which pizza to order. One way to solve this problem is to go for a healthy option topped with vegetables that everyone can enjoy. The Quattro Formaggi pizza from Mamma Italia is ideal for these kinds of situations and is covered with artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and green olives.
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