February 17, 2013 Lebanon Middle East

2012: Best Italian Restaurants in Lebanon


Pizza, Pasta or Soups, any preparation in the Italian cuisine is great. Voted for many years as the trendiest and most loved cuisine on earth, the Italian cuisine is gaining a large part of the local market. Mar Mikhael and Gemmayze alone have more than 10 italian restaurants. Below are the ones I like.  

Da Giovanni, Saifi:

One of the best Italian restaurants in Lebanon! This is my second review about Da Giovanni because I love this place. Did you wonder what the best Italian restaurant in Beirut is?  Did you ever want to live the same culinary experience Italy can provide? Your search is over, Da Giovanni has it all. Situated »more…

The Al Dente, Abdel Wahab:

Al Dente, one of the finest restaurants in town,  located in the Albergo boutique hotel in the heart of Achrafieh. With the sophisticated Bordeaux like ambiance, Al Dente is a very nice place. Located inside the Albergo hotel, Achrafieh, Beirut, the place is divided into three separate rooms, each with a high ceiling and round »more…

Marinella, Mar Mikhael:

Walking along the streets of Mar Mikhael, enjoying the old traditional Lebanese heritage, I decided to stop for a lunch at Marinella checking on the updates of this talked much about trattoria. Marinella has been the talk of the town for the last couple of months as the owner Sophie Schoucair provides high end service and »more…

Basillio, Gemmayze:

Taste the delicious soul of Italian cuisine at an affordable price… Yesterday I decided to pass by this place called Basillio in the middle of the nightlife district of Gemmayze. You ask yourself many questions before going there: What would this place be like? What will the quality of food be in a nightlife district? »more…

Fiore, Mar Mikhael:

Located on a hidden corner street on the inside of Mar Mikhael street,  Fiore Cucina stands, serving delicious Mediterranean cuisine. After publishing my Top 10 favorite Italian restaurants in Beirut, a friend of mine insisted I try Fiore in Mar Mikhael to experience what in his opinion is the best. Fiore is a hidden place »more…

La Posta, Achrafieh:

 (Review Coming Soon) Maroun Chedid is a high-profile chef who took part at many prominent international competitions and events while he shared his experience and knowledge with a vast number of cooks, be they professional ones or amateurs. Using various techniques and an extensive knowledge of both Lebanese cuisine as well as European cuisine, Maroun Chedid has enriched the world of cooking with hundreds and even thousands of recipes bearing his own signature.

The Peninsula, Dbayeh:

The Peninsula, Italian restaurant in Dbayeh is one of those places we tend to forget sometimes, only because several other Italians have opened around town and maybe in more convenient places like malls or closer to Beirut. The food is good, the location and whole set up is fresh, a perfect spot for a Sunday »more…

Locanda Corsini, Naas Bickfaya:

(Review Coming Soon), Locanda Corsini is a five-star boutique hotel and Italian restaurant. Nestled in the heart of Naas, above Bikfaya, it is a niche of serene solitude, wrapped in nature's heart-warming embrace. One can enjoy the livelihood of nature's own, and the very best of home-made food and countryside hospitality. Situated 1050m above sea-level and 25 km from Beirut, This traditional ochre-colored mandaloun-style villa, is hand crafted with unique Lebanese 150-year old architecture of ancient stones and arches. Both lavish and natural, it combines luxurious comfort with mountain vistas, fragrant fields of rosemary, and lavender, to yield a sense of floating in your own personal dream land. The extensive glazing opens onto beautiful terrace areas, secluded gardens, with spectacular sceneries of pine trees that sway above the villa singing of a land untouched by man and modernity..

L'Oca Matta, Mar Mikhael:

LocaMatta fits in just right. It’s a trendy, colorful and special eatery where a 100-year-old huge olive tree welcomes you as you walk down the steps into an old traditional Lebanese house turned into a modern destination with a lot of character. ??This Italian spot has been named and decorated after a few friends who have spent their lifetime together in Italy, more specifically the Lombardy region, hence the map as we walk in. (Read More)

Napoletana, ABC Dbayeh:

After visiting Napoletana in City Mall and keeping a very positive impression, it was time for me to visit the ABC branch. Napoletana, like many say serves one of the best Pizzas Lebanon has experienced in years… and it is true. Located on the highest floor of the ABC Dbayeh mall, Napoletana, another great concept »more…

The Gathering, Gemmayze:

A casual Italian Trattoria in a beautiful setting. Entering The Gathering’s gate, you’re welcome with now popular icon of the concept -the olive tree – you reach a blue door with a sign: The Italian Cookery. The waiters are very polite and welcoming making sure your first impression is a 10/10. After being seated, a »more…






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