In A Nut­shell: GIA

A new Ital­ian venue in the heart of the city, GIA Dubai re­cently opened in Dubai Mall and Ty­rone Reid, CEO of the par­ent com­pany, Alab­bar En­ter­prises tells us about the restau­rant.

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Can you ex­plain what GIA is?

GIA Dubai is an all-day din­ing Ital­ian restau­rant at the newly opened Fash­ion Av­enue in Dubai Mall. It is in­spired by the con­cept of good liv­ing, the Dolce

Vita era of the 1950’s in Italy which is rep­re­sented from de­sign to the food and per­sonal ser­vice. The in­te­rior is con­tem­po­rary with bold ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures de­signed by Hecker Guthrie and the space flows onto a ter­race over­look­ing the Dubai Foun­tain.

What is unique about it?

Hav­ing all the el­e­ments that ex­ceed guest ex­pec­ta­tions un­der one roof is what makes GIA unique. It is the per­fect blend of lo­ca­tion, de­sign and food cu­ra­tion which is fur­ther el­e­vated by the pre­dom­i­nantly Ital­ian team in­clud­ing our chef.

What chal­lenges have you faced?

We pre­fer to look at chal­lenges as hid­den op­por­tu­ni­ties, for ex­am­ple, we un­der­stand the need for pri­vacy in this re­gion and have catered to that with a pri­vate din­ing room. An­other ex­am­ple is re­cruit­ment, we ac­cept that there are chal­lenges in re­cruit­ing in the re­gion and re­tain­ing the right peo­ple but that only in­creases our de­ter­mi­na­tion to make sure we fo­cus on this. Have you in­tro­duced any Mid­dle East­spe­cific flavours in the menu?

Ex­ec­u­tive chef Tom­maso is very fond of the flavour pro­file of this re­gion and has taken many com­mon in­gre­di­ents to in­cor­po­rate them into some of our recipes. The veal shank Os­sobuco is prov­ing to be a favourite as it is paired with a creamy risotto in­fused with saf­fron, a lo­cal in­gre­di­ent loved by many.

Tell us about your menu.

The menu of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of dishes to en­sure there is some­thing to sat­isfy ev­ery taste. Pasta is hand­made fresh daily as is the pizza, which is made with spe­cially milled flour brought in from Italy.

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