Opening date confirmed for Roberto's Abu Dhabi

Former Bice Mare boss Francesco Guarracino heads up the new Italian kitchen in the capital

chef Francesco Guarracino
chef Francesco Guarracino

Roberto’s second branch in the UAE is due to open in Abu Dhabi on October 1.

Overseeing the kitchen at Roberto’s Abu Dhabi is Italian-born executive chef Francesco Guarracino, who was formerly the executive chef of Bice Mare in Dubai.

Speaking exclusively to Caterer, Guarracino revealed that some key elements of Roberto’s Dubai will also form part of the layout and concept of the new outlet in the capital, including the crudo (or raw) bar.

“At the crudo bar area, guests can sit and watch the seafood preparation live," Guarracino told Caterer. 

"We wanted our crudo bar to be a part of the restaurant and offer the guests a unique experience. We have changed the design over 30 times to make sure every little detail was perfect,” he added. 

Other key aspects of the restaurant include an in-house bakery and fully open-fronted kitchen.

Read more from chef Francesco Guarracino about Roberto’s Abu Dhabi in the second edition of Caterer Kitchen, which is available next month, October 2016.

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