Restaurant Review:
Casa Mia

Le Méridien Dubai Hotel
​Garhoud, Dubai

There’s so much more to Italian Cuisine than just the usual pizzas and pastas that come to mind when one mentions food from the country. However, finding a restaurant that serves up authentic dishes with distinct tastes and flavors like those you’d find in the country is a true challenge, don’t you agree? If you do, then we have a suggestion for you! Tucked away in the iconic, decades old 5 star hotel, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre near the Dubai International Airport is quaint Italian restaurant, Casa Mia. Our recent tasting at this restaurant was even more special for one of us because the elegant Casa Mia is a gem that used to be frequented by one half of Stamps and Stubs and their family back in the day. Casa Mia finds its perfect dwelling amidst the lush, landscaped gardens of the hotel which boasted of an even more effervescent ambiance on the day we visited because it was a Friday and National Day weekend. 
Here is everything we had during our session at the restaurant:

  • Burratina Pugliese Su Selezione Di Pomodori Conditi: Burrata From Apulia With Heirloom Tomato Salad
  • Trittico Di Pesce In Carpaccio: Trilogy Of Fish Carpaccio
  • Muffin Salato Ai Porcini, Fonduta Di Fontini: Muffin In A Cheese Fondue With Black Truffle
First & Main Courses

  • Ravioli Di Caciotta E Maggiorana Con Sugo Leggero Al Pomodoro: Home-Made Ravioli Filled With Caciotta Cheese And Marjoram Served With Light Tomato Sauce
  • Bigoli In Salsa Alla Veneta
  • Saffron Risotto
  • Pizza Alla Diavola: Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil, Marinated Onions, Marinated Peppers And Chilli (Contained Pork)
  • Medaglioni Di Coda Di Rospo Cotte In Padella, Cipolle Di Tropea, Capperi, Datterini E Olive Nere: Monk Fish Cooked In A Pan With Capers, Black Olives And More.
When there’s a veteran like Chef Maurizio Lazzarin at the helm of a restaurant (he has been with Casa Mia since its inception), you know the spread is going be magical! Every single dish had two things in common; they were works of art and tasted great! If we had to choose our favorites from the lot, as tough as it is, we’d have to go with the colorful trilogy of fish carpaccio and muffin from the starters and the creamy and rich Bigoli and risotto from the mains. Told you picking one would be difficult. In fact, now that we’ve picked we feel like we’re being unfair to the other dishes that we had.  In terms of novelty, the Bigoli pasta and monk fish were items we were trying for the first time and honestly we loved them. The pizza, as has been the case even in the past, was absolutely delicious and retains the flavor and excellence that had made it a favorite of one half of Stamps and Stubs’ family years ago.

Dessert

  • Homemade Traditional Tiramisu
  • Fondente Al Cioccolato Con Gelato All’amaretto: Dark Chocolate Fondant With Amaretto Ice Cream

    The tiramisu was good but the crème de la crème was the dark chocolate fondant. Both of us are fans of Amaretto so it goes without saying that the fondant with its Amaretto pairing jumped out at us and came highly recommended too. Overall, we were in dessert heaven with every bite of the fondant.

Eating at Casa Mia was a nostalgic experience for a number of reasons and the décor, ambiance and service had us remembering our trips to vibrant Italy. It is also pleasing that the restaurant retains its charm and authenticity despite even while advancing to keep up with the evolution of Italian food in the UAE. Casa Mia gets a yay from us!