Gourmet June Trends

29 Jun 2012
By Ahlanlive.com

Foodie and restaurant guru Samantha Wood has her finger on the pulse of the UAE culinary scene – never miss a beat with her monthly Gourmet guide

A Slice of Napoli Pizza
Even though pizza is synonymous with Italian cuisine, its origins can be traced back to ancient Greece where a yeast-less flat bread was baked with veggie toppings. Slowly but surely, it found its way to Naples in Italy where those less fortunate started adding tomato to the flat bread in the late 18th century, creating the first versions of what we now call pizza. Remember Julia Roberts’ pizza frenzy scene in Eat Pray Love? Well, that’s Da Michele pizzeria in Napoli. Finding authentic Napoli pizza is not easy here, but the opening of Rossovivo at Business Bay now fills that gap. What makes their pizza so special? The dough is leavened for 24 hours making it light, fluffy and crispy with no artificial additives or preservatives. The traditional oven was constructed by Giuseppe, a builder from Naples using handmade clay bricks imported from Campania and, most importantly, Raffaele is an award-winning pizza chef from Naples. Go for the classic Napoli pizza with tomato, mozzarella (from the locally based Italian Dairy Products), anchovies, oregano and basil. If Business Bay isn’t convenient, then my two other favourite pizza joints are Emporio Armani Caffé (Mall of the Emirates and The Dubai Mall) or Carluccio’s (Dubai Marina Mall, The Dubai Mall and Mirdif City Centre).
INFO: Open for dining in and delivery, Saturday to Wednesday 11am to 11pm, weekends 11.30am to 11.30pm, Millennium Tower, Business Bay, 04 380 5833, www.rossovivo.ae

Tea appears to be taking off here finally with more dedicated tea rooms, following on the back of Tea4You’s opening last year.  TWG Tea, a luxury tea brand, has opened a tea salon at The Dubai Mall, while Debauve & Gallais, the French royal chocolatier, has incorporated a tea salon into its new DIFC chocolate boutique.
INFO: TWG Tea, 04 325 3857, twgtea@rrpnet.ae; Debauve & Gallais, 04 386 8000, www.debauveandgallais.ae.

What's in Season?
Our shopping baskets will be brimming in June. For veggies, we have artichoke, asparagus, aubergine, broccoli, carrot, chicory, courgette, cucumber, lettuce, new potato, peas, spinach, turnip and watercress. As for fruit, it’s still very much raspberry and strawberry season – plus tomato which is, in fact, a fruit.

Be a Food Critic
Thanks to the uptake of food blogging and social media in the UAE we now have access to impartial, online restaurants reviews at the click of a mouse. Did you know there are over 100 food bloggers in the UAE alone? Check them out at www.fooderatiarabia.com. If that wasn’t enough, the Google-owned Zagat consumer survey-based guide launches its first Dubai edition later this year. You have the opportunity to vote until 21 June – with prizes up for grabs too. The most witty comments get a mention in the guide. Go on, have your say and be a critic.
INFO: www.zagat.com.

Samantha Wood is the founder of UAE-based restaurant review and foodie resource www.foodiva.net voted no 2 Best Blog in Dubai!