Italian food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world and there’s hardly a corner on Earth that doesn’t offer the trademark Italian dishes we’ve come to love – Xi’an included. Probably one of the last things on the minds of visitors to Xi’an is the Italian food scene, but every now and again even the most enduring expat or visitor needs a break from Chinese food and to indulge in comfort foods from home. For this reason, it’s good to know your options in advance. Although the Italian restaurant scene is (not surprisingly) limited in Xi’an, there are however a handful of places that can appease the palettes of those craving western, or more specifically, Italian food.
Cellar & Restaurant 塞乐酒窖餐厅View In Map
Cellar & Restaurant is a must-go for those seeking top quality Italian food in Xi’an. A new establishment in Xi’an’s restaurant scene, Cellar & Restaurant is not like so many other so-called Western restaurants that serve generic dishes altered according to Chinese tastes. The emphasis on this restaurant is authenticity, which means carefully selected ingredients, seasonings and very importantly, an owner who understands Western food culture. The restaurant serves a delicious range of soups, salads, main courses and desserts and also boasts an international wine list. Dishes range in price from 48-148 RMB and wines range from 100-1000 RMB per bottle.
Add: 1F, Building A, Jinqiao International Square, 100 metres west of Xigaoxin Keji Lu and Gaoxinsi Lu, Xi’an
Tel: 029 8799831, 887998319
Opening Hours: 11:30-24:00
Colabo Italian RestaurantView In Map
Colabo is a franchise restaurant with four branches in Shanghai and one in Xi’an. Colabo is also one of the restaurants serving Italian food at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, so they must be doing something right! The restaurant is well known for its authentic flavours, an achievement primarily attained by importing their ingredients directly from Italy. The restaurant itself is quite small, creating an intimate, relaxed atmosphere. Classic Italian dishes like lasagne, spaghetti, crispy thin pizza and bruschetta are on the menu. If it’s authentic, top quality comfort food dining you seek, then you’ve come to the right place at Colabo.
Add: 11F, K.I. Tower, .1 Xihuamen, Xi’an
Tel: 029 8720 1501, 8720 1502
Dolce CafeView In Map
This establishment is not only great for its top-class Italian coffee, but it serves some pretty tasty Italian grub too. What makes Dolce stand out among the other Italian restaurants in the city is that its bistro-style venue actually fuses Australian elements into some of the menu’s dishes. The BLT pizza is a good example. Otherwise, you can choose from a wide variety of classic dishes, from pizza to pasta and salads to soups. The menu also features the odd French and Western dish like escargot and steak. Either way, whether is Italian food your after or any other comfort foods from home, Dolce Cafe is a good place to start.
Add: Lihua Keji Mansion,2 Gaoxin Lu, High-Tech Zone, Xi’an
Tel: 02 8822 7588
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