Fratelli la Bufala is an Italian concept restaurant that was started by the three innovative and talented Fratelli brothers. The three brothers, all with successful pizzerias over the world in 2003 decided to team up to form the family franchise. Their story is truly one of inspiration, passion and dedication.
Fratelli was the third stop in our Emirates NBD and Zomato Food Trail, by which time I must add I was completely stuffed.
Upon entering we were greeted with such enthusiasm and jovial staff who ushered us in and gave us a sweet snazzy strawberry mocktail welcome drink, which I found delicious, the energy drink used to make the drink ensured we were pumped up for the session we were about to have.
The restaurant is situated on prime location at the Walk, JBR. The décor is rustic and modest, wooden floors complemented by wooden benches and tables.
When you enter, there are two huge fire wood pizza ovens that dominates the floor, this is where you get to see Pepe and the other chefs in action. Pepe is one of the pizza chefs straight from Naples, who we got to meet shortly.
Looks can be deceiving, the restaurant looks smaller than it is from the front but if you walk a little further in, you will find a beautifully spacious seating area with the outdoor sitting offering gorgeous views of the ocean.
We were gathered around for a pizza demonstration by Chef Pepe who created a delicious cornetti di buffala, which is essentially margarita stuffed with delicious mouth melting cheese and moulded into a horn shape and baked for about 5 to 10 minutes.
The result was an unbelievably delicious calzone like pizza which made me want more and more.
The great thing about it is that it didn’t taste oily and too cheesy I must admit I am not crazy about pizza but the cornetto created a new fondness for me. I am definitely ordering it on my next return visit.
We had giant balls of mozzarella accompanied by cherry tomatoes waiting at our tables. The mozzarella tasted fresh with a lovely chewy texture to it. I just wished it was a tad bit saltier.
We then headed to the tables that were set up for us to create our own pizzas.
Chef Pepe made it look so easy but when I tried, well that’s another story.
My pizza resembled something roundish though, thanks Chef Pepe for the helping hand.
We added tomato paste, cheese and drizzles of olive oil and garnish (chilli flakes, basil etc) to our pizzas which were put in the oven to bake.
After 10-12 minutes…voila! Piping hot pizzas oozing cheesy goodness.
My very first attempt of pizza came out pretty well.
One can really taste the freshness of the food and the quality ingredients that go into the meals. Having a Chef from Naples, where, by the way the best pizzas in the world are found, is rather comforting and delightful.
Just when we were about to say Arrivederci, trays of Tiramisu came our way.
The tiramisu extremely delicious , the cream they used made it a very light, fluffy and soft, with a beautiful balanced coffee aftertaste.
I will definitely be coming back for some of this yumminess.
Overall genuinely great Italian dining experience. The food was great and the menu offers a wide variety of Italian specialties. This place offers true value for money.
Thank you to everyone at the Restaurant especially Shadia, Chef Pepe and a special thanks to Andrea who was the most bubbliest knowledgeable and really attentive host I have ever met. Grazie Mille for a great evening!
And a huge thank you to Zomato and Emirates NBD.