A welcome new addition to Jeddah

Pasta aficionados in Jeddah can rejoice as San Carlo Cicchetti has just opened in Al Basateen Mall.

One of the finest Italian restaurants, Cicchetti is a reinterpretation of the Venetian culinary custom. Its concept centres around small plates designed for sharing.

A casual-chic dining

Diners in Jeddah can expect a similar look-and-feel to its branch in Riyadh. It is surrounded by exquisite interiors featuring beautiful Italian marble.

The décor is softened with its pastel blue seats, while the drape-like lampshades provide a tranquil setting. Bright, floral wallpaper with large palm fronds serves as an eye-catching backdrop for its accent walls.

The 120-cover restaurant is chic and welcoming, with an easy air of sophistication that we always wish for when heading out to a lovely Italian.

Behind the scenes

Cicchetti’s food philosophy is simple – dishes are cooked at the point of order using only the finest seasonal produce, with menus changing to embrace and celebrate the seasons.

Chef Germano Pisano, who’s been working closely under San Carlo Group Executive Chef Filippo Pagani’s direction, spearheads the kitchen in Jeddah. The menu remains consistent.

Familiar classics include their signature pasta, like the pappardelle with wild mushrooms and black truffle, Sicilian arancini (fried rice balls with ragu and mozzarella filling), deep-fried squid rings, and bresaola pizza.

San Carlo Cicchetti Jeddah

If truth be told, there isn’t a pasta snob who doesn’t frequent Cicchetti. It churns out a fair mix of traditional and underrated pasta that will make you forget your diet in a heartbeat.

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Focusing on authentic regional flavours, the restaurant also prides itself on its freshly made pizza dough. Make room in your stomach for both when you’re there.

San Carlo Cicchetti Jeddah

Additionally, diners can look forward to more varieties of fresh seafood-based dishes, given the city’s proximity to the Red Sea.

San Carlo Cicchetti, with its brilliant atmosphere, amazing décor and excellent service, has already gone down a storm in Riyadh. It’s now set to become one of the great Italian joints in Jeddah, and we can’t wait to visit.

The Jeddah opening is Cicchetti’s second location in Saudi Arabia.

San Carlo Cicchetti Jeddah, Al Basateen Mall, Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Street, Ar Rawdah, H523+6M, daily 1pm to 2am. Tel: 920 004 060. @cicchettisaudi