ONE NAME HAS BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH CONSISTENTLY GOOD ITALIAN FOOD IN DOHA. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE ONE AND ONLY BIELLA QATAR WHERE AUTHENTIC DISHES LIKE PIZZA AND PASTA ARE GIVEN A NEW LEASE OF LIFE. FACT MET THE TEAM (AND TASTED THE FOOD) THAT HAS MADE THIS PLACE A FOODIE FAVOURITE…

With four locations to choose from in Doha, Biella Qatar is a Café Pizzeria Ristorante that has become the go-to place for delicious Italian fare cooked with a homely touch. Doha’s diners have been flocking to the now-famous restaurant for its reliably great menu, friendly service and choice of venues. We visited the Medina Centrale restaurant, located close to the entertainment district of this beautiful area on the Pearl.

You know what that means? When you’ve had a day out with loved ones and worked up an appetite, Biella’s yummy delights await to be enjoyed by the whole family. One of the things we love about this place is the elegant, light and airy venue. Inside, you’ve got a large dining-room style set up, whilst al fresco eating is made possible with plenty of comfy outdoor seating. And once you’ve picked your spot, it’s time to get down to the real star of the show; the food. An array of scrumptious Italian flavours are presented in an extensive menu of Antipasti, Salads, Zuppe, Biella Panini, Pasta, Risotto, Meat and Fish main courses, a From  Charcoal Grill section, Pizzeria, and Desserts. Basically, there’s something guaranteed to please  every palate at the table.

We begin our meal with two fabulous Antipasti selections – the Crocchette Al Formaggio and the Burrata. the first is deep fried cheese croquettes with tallegio, ricotta and mozzarella cheese, served with basil mayonnaise; and the second is a creamy helping of Burrata mozzarella with tomato and Italian olives. The portion size is generous and the combination of quality ingredients really shines through in each dish. Of course, the cheese of the moment, the Burrata, is completely fresh and beautifully-paired with tasty tomatoes and olives – we’re o” to a great start! Next, we went straight for the mains and opted for the mind-blowing Linguine Al Cartoccio (seafood linguine baked in the pizza oven with a bread cover); the Pizza Biella (tomato sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, bresaola, egg, parmesan and rocket leaves); and the Costoletta Di Vitello (350 grams char-grilled veal chop with creamy mashed potatoes, grilled tomato, Portobello mushroom and veal jus). WOW!

Not only do we appreciate that the culinary team hasn’t skimped on presentation, we’re also in awe of the creativity and true-to-taste ingredients in each dish. The linguine is unlike anything we’ve ever seen or tried at an Italian restaurant before – if you like seafood, this luscious main is an absolute must. Pizza lovers will be thrilled to know that a signature component in making Biella’s pizzas as excellent as they are, is the custom made brick oven which is !red with peach wood imported from Italy. This is what gives their pizzas that mouthwatering, authentic taste. The Pizza Biella is, literally, cheesy heaven. With a perfect, light base and abundant toppings, this is one delectable, instagram-worthy pizza. The veal dish is also another crowd pleaser as we each fight to fork up as much of this tender, fall-o”-the-bone meat in every bite!

No Italian meal is complete without dessert, and Biella’s o”erings are as exceptional as you could expect! the Baked Vanilla Ricotta Cheesecake is lip-licking brilliant with its pistachio biscotti and raspberry coulis. the way it’s presented on a slate board also scores major points on our easy-on the-eye food checklist! For a casual dining eatery, Biella certainly serves up !ve-star quality cuisine, concentrating on freshness and flavours of ingredients, traditional, homely recipes and outstanding presentation. The menu is very well-priced too! Need an Italian food fix? Let Biella take care of it!


GO: Visit Biella at Medina Centrale. Call 4421 0025 or 4435 3485 for reservations and more information.