Whether you’re a neighbourhood local coming in for an early supper after work, a passer-by who has absconded from Al Marsa street in serendipitous search or a hearty meal, or just someone who just wants a really, really good plate of ravioli, Leonardo is where you need to be.
Set in the relatively-new Stella Di Mare hotel, this Italian restaurant is deal when all you want to do is sip a glass of the house red and dine on a simple, straightforward (yet perfectly prepared) plate of spaghetti pomodoro.
The food is simple, rustic fare, but executed at the highest level with the kind of genuine know-how. For starters, you’re going to want to order the burrata, carpaccio and beef tartatre. Main courses include homemade gnocchi, tagliatelle with braised veal cheeks, seabass with tomato bisque, capers and black olives, turbot with creamy garlic potatoes, duck with mango and grapefruit sauce, lamb rack and beef tenderloin.
Service here is more like a performance; your waiter will blowtorch your beef, flambe your steak and unveil your smoke-infused salmon fondente tableside. It’s the perfect place for a special date night or a birthday.
Come for Chef, Matteo Rizzo’s world-class Italian fare but stay for the kind of laid-back nonchalance Leonardo cultivates so well.
This is a bonified soon-to-be neighbourhood classic, so get it while it’s hot but not cramped.
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