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A new Italian summer-inspired menu has debuted at Monno

DUBAI, UAE, MAY 25, 2023 – Bringing fresh flavours inspired by coastal Italian summers, Monno Ristorante in Jumeirah has launched a new artisanal menu for diners to enjoy during Dubai’s warmer months.

Transporting guests to Italy’s seafood-abundant shores this summer, Monno’s new menu was thoughtfully curated by Italian Head Chef Federico Bartoli and his team, to showcase this season’s delights from the Mediterranean and Atlantic, while remaining true and respectful to both ingredient and Italian culinary tradition. 

From exclusively using San Marzano tomatoes and olive oils, to importing artisanal Italian cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano from Parma and fior di latte mozzarella from Napoli for handmade pasta and genuine Neapolitan pizzas, Monno’s new menu features a range of antipasti, main courses, pastas and pizzas, plus traditional desserts.

A delicious start to the dining experience awaits, with new antipasti dishes including Italian shrimp panzanella salad with tomatoes, basil and chili caviar, there’s also ‘la tana del polpo’ – slow-cooked octopus served with potato cream and seaweed tapioca cracker, and adding locality to the new menu, Dibba Bay Oysters with vanilla mignonette and almond foam. For a meaty bite, there’s melt-in-the-mouth Black Angus short rib with Italian coleslaw.

Additions to the first course selection include Atlantic lobster risotto with Acquerello rice and mouthwatering lobster bisque, as well as spaghetti alla chitarra dressed in an aromatic beurre blanc sauce with lemongrass and shallots, generously topped with Oscietra caviar.

When it comes to pasta and pizza, Monno keeps it classic Italian with all dough made in-house and shaped by hand. On the summer menu, guests will find new pasta dishes like fusilloni in an artisanal butter and red cow Parmigiano Reggiano sauce with juniper, as well as gnocchi sorrentina in a homemade cherry tomato sauce with buffalo mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh basil.

On to mains, a new Mediterranean seabass dish awaits, served with spinach sponge cake and a beurre blanc drizzle, as well as meatier options including lamb roll with provolone cheese, smoked pancetta, Roman artichoke, and fermented lemon, plus veal fillet in a peppercorn sauce with potato terrine.

In true Italian style, authentic pizzas also feature on the menu. Must-try slices include ‘Salamino di Wagyu’ with spicy wagyu beef salami and smoked mozzarella, the ‘Burrata’ pizza with double tomato sauce, fresh basil, creamy burrata and extra virgin olive oil, as well as the ‘Fruti di Mare’ pizza with San Marzano DOP tomato sauce, garlic, calamari, shrimps, tomato confit, olives extra virgin olive oil and oregano.

New desserts, offer a true taste of Italy and were created in collaboration with famed Italian Pastry Chef Matteo Manzotti. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy new options like ‘Black Mirror’ – a dark chocolate mousse with raspberry, ‘Sicily’ made from Sicilian pistachio and white chocolate, and the ‘Rocher’ with caramel chocolate and gianduia – all in addition to favourited Italian classics like tiramisu and panettone.

Welcoming guests in a charming, casual and rustic space, Monno presents a wholesome and authentic Italian experience for all ages. Soothing music greets upon arrival, while a chilled-out neighbourhood vibe ensures a relaxing visit – whether it be for a leisurely lunch with family, a quick coffee break, or a romantic dinner date with a loved one, Monno is abundant with laidback idyllic moments for everyone.

Inside Monno, expect interiors and an ambiance inspired by that of a classic Trattoria found on the back streets of quaint towns in Italy. Designed with rustic simplicity in mind, Monno aims to evoke the feeling of being at home for its guests. Comprising a welcoming bar area that features a live pizza oven, a main dining room and covered terrace where natural lighting gleams, the eatery is thoughtfully designed with the use of products that inspire a natural setting like wooden tables and chairs, black and white checkered flooring, olive trees, jade green furnishings and cream linens.

New dishes at Monno are available as of May 26.

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