Eat Your Way to Italy

by BTM

Tue, 03 October 2017

Eat Your Way to Italy

The island is awash with fantastic Italian eateries. BTM brings you a comprehensive round-up of where to get your pasta and pizza fix.

Bahrain is known for its thriving, ever-expanding dining scene. A plethora of restaurants, serving almost every cuisine imaginable, are dotted all around town.

The simplicity of the flavours combined with the versatility of the ingredients lend Italian food a special charm, making it a favourite amongst diners. Several preparation styles and a clever use of produce can make this cuisine evolve into something distinct. There are many establishments on the island that proudly serve gastronomic delights from various regions of Italy.

Whether you fancy devouring a doughy pizza festooned with delectable toppings, a satiating bowl of carb-rich pasta, or a cheesy treat of sorts, there are plenty of places you can head to, based on your preferred neighbourhood.

For a quick in-and-out experience, head to American Alley in Juffair. It has Romano’s Macaroni Grill and Red Sauce, among others. A couple of streets away is the upmarket Cucina Italiana at Al Safir Hotel, known for its scintillating décor and dishes. The restaurant will be holding its popular Italian MasterChef competition for amateur cooks to showcase their culinary skills, in the first quarter of 2018. With a unique concept and a plethora of flavours, Pizza by Mr Slice at the Juffair Grand Hotel is a firm favourite of food lovers from all walks of life. The all-day diner Level 5 at the Atiram Premier Hotel offers authentic favourites, such as Penne Arrabbiata, Fettucini Alfredo and Risotto Primavera.

Bahrain’s first ever Italian restaurant, La Taverna, which boasts deliciously authentic dishes on its menu, has been relocated to the beautiful Coral Bay Resort.

Tucked away in the residential area of Umm Al Hassam, Roma’s sophisticated interior is matched by exceptional cuisine. Casa Di Bibo combines Mexican zest with Italian cookery for a delightful result.

The fine dining apex of the Kingdom nestles in Block 338, Adliya, also home to some elegant Italian eateries. On the other side of the block lies a small locality with a surprising number of fashionable restaurants. One of them is Café Italia, which continues to please palates with a fresh take on traditional eats coupled with a chic atmosphere. A few steps away stands Oliveto, a strikingly lustrous venue with a hefty menu selection with both classic and modern dishes.

Tucked away from all the bustle lies Mino’s, in a corner, which has some great offers on its eats, throughout the week.

A short drive from there takes you to Cico’s, an eatery operating for over 35 years, which still garners a huge fan following.

La Pergola at The Gulf Hotel promises an upscale experience with an alluring variety of beautifully presented fare.

Masso, the brainchild of chef Susy Massetti, is a venue at the Palace Boutique Hotel that guarantees quality, as most of their produce is grown in-house.

Another hub for leisure and dining is the Amwaj Lagoon. Relish in exquisite culinary indulgence at Al Forno, or head to Casareccio for the same. 



Rustic eatery, Rosso, at the ART Rotana in Amwaj Islands is best known for its hand-stretched pizza, and antipasti.

For appetising steaks and homemade pasta, head to Medzo at the InterContinental Regency Bahrain.

For a truly authentic, yet fine dining experience, Primavera at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, is your top choice for a sofisticated evening out.

A short distance away is City Centre Bahrain, which also houses a great selection of eateries. Check out Pastarito to refuel between shopping sprees, or another popular favourite, Vapiano. Its unique concept allows diners to order pastas, pizzas, antipasti and salads directly from the chefs, cooked in front of them, and to their own personal preference.

Johnny Carino’s outside Seef Mall offers some yummy delights for all palates, no matter what your penchant.

Baci at the World Trade Centre takes the cake for excellently prepared dishes, a dazzling décor, great views and a professional service.

Savour creative food with a plush interior at Mondo Bar, Lounge & Restaurant at The Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel, Residence & Spa.

Recently launched Otto at Hamala Hills has attracted plenty of attention for its wonderful food in a surprisingly short time. Heading further south, Fiamma at the Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa is worth a visit, with its ample selections that are sure to tantalise your taste buds.

Prego, the award-winning family-friendly Italian restaurant at the Royal Golf Club has a cult following with foodies across Bahrain.

For a quick bite and cheat days, fast food joints such as Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Kono Pizza, Roundtable Pizza, Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Pizza Express and Mrs Vanelli’s, all serve tasty grub with speedy delivery.

With so many options at hand, all you need to know is what your heart desires — and start exploring!