Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi has announced the opening of a new culinary experience, Talea, acclaimed two-Michelin-starred Chef Antonio Guida’s first restaurant outside of Italy.

The new restaurant presents guests with the opportunity to enjoy a highly curated selection of seasonal and authentic Italian menus in an elegant, yet lively setting with a vibrant open show kitchen. With deep roots in southern Italy’s Puglia region, Guida honed his talents in an array of celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants and in 2015, led Seta at Mandarin Oriental, Milan to its first Michelin star just four months after opening, with a second Michelin star shortly thereafter.

Talea’s menu draws on Guida’s distinctive culinary style to create “Cucina di Famiglia” – family-style cooking. From handmade ravioli, authentic spaghetti alla carbonara and artisanal pizza to osso buco and vitello tonnato – the summer dish of chilled veal in tuna-caper sauce that forms an indispensable part of the Assumption Day feast in Milan, the gastronomic delights of Talea fuse traditional techniques with an innovative edge, the signature of Guida. 

The restaurant’s interiors highlight magnificent two-toned columns and walls layered with beautiful art inspired by the landscapes of Italy: ports and palaces, lakes and luxe manors, cities and Roman ruins, embellished by jewelled lights and geometric floors. A chic outdoor terrace is also available for a decadent alfresco dining experience.

“With our concept of ‘Italy meets Abu Dhabi’, I am delighted to offer Talea’s patrons a new culinary experience that presents a new interpretation of Italian favourites, along with some rare and unusual combinations.” said Chef Antonio Guida.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Chef Antonio Guida at Talea, further enhancing our culinary offerings at Emirates Palace. Talea combines the flavours of Italy with the scents of Arabia, setting a new benchmark for Italian cuisine in Abu Dhabi” said Michael Koth, General Manager of Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi and Area Vice President, Operations for the Middle East. 

Guests can enjoy this new culinary experience, along with all the iconic hotel has to offer when booking the One More Night package. For further information and reservations, visit www.mandarinoriental.com/abu-dhabi

Talea by Antonio Guida

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