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Antonia is set to open a new pizza place in Abu Dhabi

Located in Al Zeina, the second branch is opening in September.

Pizza aficionados in Abu Dhabi, get ready for a food extravaganza. Antonia is bringing its sensational flavours to the heart of Al Zeina with its second branch. If you thought you knew pizza, think again, because Antonia’s pizza is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted.

The heart of Antonia’s pizza experience is Pizza Al Taglio. It’s how Italians enjoy their pizza — the fun and laid-back way. Al Taglio means by the slice, and that’s precisely how pizza is served at Antonia. Imagine rectangular trays loaded with various toppings, displayed over the counter, waiting for you to pick your favourites. It’s convenient and affordable. And whether you choose to dine in or take it to go, there’s one rule — always eat it with your hands. No knives and forks here, please.

So what makes this pizza so exceptional? Its pizza dough. Prepare to be amazed as this dough is not your run-of-the-mill variety — it’s a masterpiece in itself. Crafted with love and care, the dough is fermented for 72 hours, making it light, crispy and oh-so-digestible. But what sets it apart is the secret ingredient — a 50-year-old sourdough that’s been handed down through generations like a cherished family heirloom. Every slice of Antonia’s pizza contains a piece of history and a whole lot of flavour.

Antonia’s unique sourdough has a story of its own, starting in 1972 when Grandma Antonia created this magical starter. Passed down through the family, the sourdough has matured like fine wine, gaining complexity and taste with each passing year.

Simone Federici is a culinary prodigy who discovered his passion for cooking at the tender age of 13. Under the tutelage of his grandmother, Antonia, he honed his skills and was later recognised as one of Italy’s top three best young chefs. After gaining valuable experience in some of Italy’s finest restaurants and making his mark in the Caribbean and Miami, he decided to bring his culinary magic to Abu Dhabi.

Antonia’s first branch at Soul Beach – Mamsha Al Saadiyat has already won hearts and palates alike, and now, the second branch in the Al Zeina district is set to double the delight in September. So pizza lovers and pasta enthusiasts, prepare to embark on a flavour-filled journey where each bite tells a tale of tradition, passion and the timeless love for good food.

GO: Visit www.antoniarestaurant.com for more information.

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Shaheera Anwar - Staff Writer
From a beautiful childhood in Riyadh to a calm and collected life in Dubai. When she's not busy penning her latest masterpiece, you can catch Shaheera lounging with her family or binging on the latest movies. And as a millennial, she's got her sights set on TikTok - hoping to go viral someday (fingers crossed).

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