Iftar preview at Arabian Courtyard Hotel

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I attended the property’s pre-iftar dinner two days ago, which is  a mock-up of what is to be expected during Ramadan.

Arabian Courtyard Hotel’s Al Khaimah Hall is transformed into a beautiful dining set up with a touch of Arabian motifs combining timeless, traditional glamour that are truly enchanting for this Ramadan season.

The event venue, Al Khaimah Hall located by the poolside features a lovely ambiance which is ideal for welcoming private and corporate events, can accommodate 350 guests.

During this Iftar preview, there are live cooking stations set up with a live chaat counter offering mouthwatering onion pakoras, spinach fatayer and refreshing Ramadan juices and other local beverage.

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My star dishes served for the evening are the Chili Chicken as it tasted like a Chinese dish, and the Mixed Grills.

From the salads aisle and not to be missed, I enjoyed the Russian Salad as an appetizer with fresh tidbits of vegetables and peas.

Last to mention yet definitely the best for the taste buds are deserts! I love these sweets!  Such a wonderful gastronomy experience at Arabian Courtyard Hotel and thanks for the hospitality of the F&B team.

For just AED 85 per person you will get to enjoy these bounty and with the voucher given during media iftar I guess a re-visit to the outlet is on my prio list.

The Arabian Courtyard and Spa is located just opposite to Dubai Museum that’s near the downtown Bur Dubai. Free valet parking will be offered to all guests.

Margherita Pizzeria celebrates successful launch of second pizzeria at Sheik Zayed Road

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Restaurant Launch
20 October 2015

Opening festivities gathered His Excellency Mr. Giovanni Favilli, Italian Consul General in Dubai, the Italian community, Margherita’s regular customers and Dubai ‘ s foremost writers and bloggers

Margherita pizzeria, a leading Italian franchise offering authentic Neapolitan cuisine, recently held the grand launching of its second pizzeria in Dubai last 5th October 2015 at its newest branch located along Sheik Zayed Road.

Margherita’s grand launching saw the attendance of His Excellency Mr. Giovanni Favilli – Italian Consul General in Dubai who was invited as a special guest of honor for the ribbon cutting during the opening ceremony. The cozy pizzeria was buzzing with festive music and lively chatter as the private party gathered key people from the Italian community, as well as the Dubai ‘ s foremost editors, writers, bloggers and foodies.

His Excellency Mr. Giovanni Favilli during the ribbon cutting ceremony 

Guests were received into the spacious venue which featured the elegant and tasteful decoration especially made for the festivities.  Rustic tomatoes in various sizes were scattered around the indoor and outdoor seating areas adding a rustic ambiance and a touch of nostalgia to the environment. In the midst of the cozy atmosphere, a series of culinary activities commenced as guests were treated to a diverse sampling of Margherita’s signature dishes. Guests were able to indulge their culinary senses as they feasted on a rich Authentic Italian Buffet that featured a wide variety of the authentic Neapolitan selections. With tables covered by natural green produce and colorful fresh vegetables, the food tasting commenced with an offering of different types of authentic Italian breads. To showcase its specialties, Margherita distributed five different types of pizzas with Bufala Mozzarella including Diavola, Proscuitto Funghi, Bresaola, Norcina and the famous Margherita Pizza.  Green olives, Buffalo mozzarella, Gorgonzola cheese along with the delicious Buratta cheese adorned the tables perfectly with its vibrant colors. Spotlight was also thrown on the scrumptious salads. The special Quinoa salad and Tagliata with Roast Beef and Rocca were an absolute attraction. For the hot dishes, there was Gnocchi Sorrentina Pasta and Parmigiana Di Melanzane which were flavorful, filling and delicious. Finally, the menu concluded with three delicious and mouthwatering desserts featuring Tiramisu, Sfogliatelle and Profiterol, making it a truly unforgettable food session.

Mr. Kamal Abou Ammar, Director- Restaurants Division in NTDE Group, said: “We are very happy with the outcome of our grand launching and we are grateful to have Mr. Giovanni Favilli – Italian Consul General in Dubai and Mr. Farid Ahmadi – CEO of NTDE along with our esteemed media partners. We wanted to gather our distinguished guests in order to celebrate the simple beauty of Neopolitan cuisine. We are committed to espousing the values of the ideal Italian dining experience by being a haven for customers looking for good meals that they can bond over with their friends and loves ones. This is why we are more than a restaurant; we are the quintessential neighborhood pizzeria offering authentic food and unforgettable memories.”

Margherita’s main specialties are its selection of classic pizzas which are handmade with Bufala Mozzarella according to the time honored Neapolitan tradition. It also offers a diverse menu that offers the unforgettable flavors of traditional Italian cuisine through its selections of salads, rissotos, gnocchis, soups, bruchetta, among other dishes.

Margherita Pizzeria first opened its doors in 2008 in a small borough in Gemmayzeh, Beirut. The brainchild of Giovanni Casa, Margherita has crossed borders in just a few years to set up branches across the GCC to bring its coveted appetizing flavors to the people of the region. Margherita Pizzeria has other branch on Jumeirah Beach Road in Dubai. Margherita Pizzeria features the freshest ingredients, in celebrated authentic recipes, presented in a modern Italian décor for a truly Neapolitan experience.

For further information call +971 4 3517173 or e-mail at margheritauae@ntde-uae.com
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, near Financial Metro Station
You can follow Margherita on www.facebook.com/MargheritaUAE  and  www.instagram.com/margheritadubai
Website: www.pizzeriamargherita.com & www.ntde.com