Biella is an Italian restaurant at Wafi which is as old as the mall itself. It opened at around the same time as Goodies (now Wafi Gourmet) and is one of a handful of eateries which is mall based and, as such, not licensed. Khan Murjan is the third. Other notable Wafi restaurants such as Asha’s and Thai Chi are all based at the licensed Pyramids and therefore serve alcohol. Perhaps it is for this reason that Biella is one of the most overlooked of the Wafi restaurants. Yet it’s easily one of the best. Its interior is stereo-typically Italian, the centerpiece of which is an open kitchen which has a prominent pizza oven. There’s a small outdoor dining area which has a magnificent view of…a wall, hmm.
The food at Biella is delightfully old school Dubai and thankfully excludes anything remotely fusion. My family and I have tried their pastas and pizzas over the years and have never been disappointed. It’s interesting that even when I visited for a coffee this last time, I could help ordering a portion of their wonderful Bruschette Al Pomodoro as a late afternoon, pre-supper nibbling. As always, it was delicious.
Like their food, the service at Biella is old school Dubai too. And by this, I mean that everything from greeting to serving is friendlier and more genuine than the regimented yes sir, no sir bullshit we tend to get at restaurants nowadays. So if you are at Wafi or in the Umm Hurair neighbourhood, check them out – they’re worth a visit.
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