This literaly translates to ‘a piece of Venice in Dubai at Casa Da Venice’.
Have you visited Venice? What if I tell you that you can visit Venice without getting on a flight…!!! Just hop into your car or the metro and get off at Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT). Situated in Cluster C, in full view of the lake there, is Casa Da Venice, an Italian restaurant serving amazing Italian food but completely vegetarian, and creating the perfect vibe of the Italian city of Venice right here in Dubai. To create the same feel as if we were in Venice, the outdoor tables and chairs are shaped like gondolas and the interior too, is symbolic of that wonderful island city. The story behind this restaurant is wonderful too. It was started by a dear son and husband for his mom and wife who love Italian food and who unlike him, are pure vegetarians…. How sweet is that!!! That love for his family transcends to the love for food and is now a family run restaurant serving delicious vegetarian Italian food.
The moment I reached the location, I was pleasantly surprised to see the gondolas and the cute interiors.
We were served Frutta Menta Melone as our welcome drink. It was a refreshing and tasty blend of fruits including watermelon.
Next up, we had Bruschetta and Fondue con Paprika for starters. The bread used in Bruschetta was very hard and I had a tough time biting into it. The Fondue is served as a platter of croutons and vegetables that can be dipped in cheesy sauce. This sauce was very delicious. I could just have that all day!!
For mains, we had a variety of pasta dishes and a pizza too. How can one dine at an Italian outlet and not order pizza!!!! We had the Naples Pizza, and it was so delectable. The tomatoes were perfectly sun-dried and not overly tangy, and the spiciness was spot on. I tried three types of pasta dishes – Mona Lisa, Bolognese and Nero. Nero Pasta is a ravioli filled with ricotta cheese and spinach, and the whole dish is black is colour as it is prepared using activated charcoal, which is in trend these days and supposedly does wonders for you. Taste-wise for me, it was okay, nothing to rave about. The Spaghetti Bolognese is their vegetarian take on the original meaty version. It’s prepared using minced soya instead of the meat. At first glance, it does look like the non-veg version but tuck into it and you’ll realise the difference. My favourite was the Mona Lisa Pasta…. creamy, cheesy, slightly tangy and with a hint of spice………..it was the winner on our table 😊
Ending the meal without dessert is a complete no-no for me. I refuse to leave without having something sweet first. And thank God they served the Lotus Killer as I didn’t need to be the killer…. haha…just joking!!! The warm lotus cake with the cold ice-cream on top was so yummy. And the caramel shard, shaped like a knife, angled onto the ice-cream was perfectly done too. Lotus-based desserts are a trend these days and this one was tantalizing too.
Another aspect that I found interesting was that they are trying their bit to make the world a better place to live in by swapping plastic bottles to glass bottles and plastic bags to cloth-based bags for delivery and takeaway.
A look at their menu revealed some pretty interesting names and I’m definitely going back to try their other dishes and desserts!!!