Visitors to Pearl Rotana Capital Centre will discover just why Italian food is revered around the world at Dino’s Bistro Italiano. Boasting an extensive menu full of tantalising appetisers, delicious pizzas and tasty pasta, the restaurant uses the finest and freshest ingredients to deliver dishes that are big on flavour. True to a traditional bistro, you’ll discover excellent food at an affordable price in a relaxed setting that is ideal for everything from a business lunch to a huge family feast.
Chef spotlight: Burges Chinoy
Having started cooking with his grandmother at the age of three and won his first culinary competition at six, Chinoy has always possessed a passion for food. Initially focusing on pastry, he joined Rotana a decade ago and has worked his way up to executive chef.
Start off right:
“A firm favourite with customers, we focus on bringing out the true flavour of the squid. For this we use baby calamari which is deep fried in fine semolina and then served with some rucola, lemon and tartar sauce. It has a nice crunch and great flavour, and while it may be simple, the quality of the ingredients makes all the difference. We don’t even add salt when cooking, we just top it with sea salt flakes to enhance the flavour.”
The main attraction:
Salsiccie Di Pollo Italiana
“We are very proud of our pizza as even within Rotana we are the only restaurant that prepares them in this way. That is by fermenting the dough for a minimum of 48 hours, which ensures the pizza becomes very light and not heavy on the stomach at all. We make all 16 of our pizzas in this way, but this is the standout as it includes a host of ingredients that are used throughout Italy. The toppings include Italian chicken sausage, mushrooms, onions, green peppers and olives, all of which complement one another and create a pizza that is packed full of flavour.”
The big finish: Tiramisu
“When it comes to desserts, we like to keep it simple and there are few dishes that beat a traditional Tiramisu. The recipe is very much how home cooks in Italy would make it, with ladyfinger biscuits, espresso coffee and creamy mascarpone cheese, all dusted with cocoa powder. It is the ideal end to any meal.”