The service philosophy “to serve others as you would want to be served yourself”, which was first introduced by founder Giuseppe Cipriani in 1931 with the opening of Harry’s Bar in Venice, is still valid 83 years later.
It is recognised as a timeless name in the hospitality sector hosting the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Humphrey Bogart and the birthplace of the Bellini cocktail in 1948 and Carpaccio in 1950 which can be sampled at Abu Dhabi’s very own Cipriani.
Cipriani Yas Island brings the heart of Italian hospitality to the tailor-made singular experiences of their guests. With 90% of the culinary and service team hailing from Italian origins, this iconic venue sets itself apart with an unpretentious dining concept focusing not only on the tangible customer experience but with an added soul to the service. In the words of Arrigo Cipriani, son of Giuseppe Cipriani, “We call on man to display his splendid capabilities and we observe with undivided attention, because the little nuances in the quality of his service give a flawless measure of his mind, they tell us frankly what his soul is worth, because to serve is first to love.”
Serving simple food prepared to perfection, the a la carte menu takes diners on a diverse culinary journey through Italy. It features signature dishes from Harry’s bar and Italian classic favorites including the oven baked homemade Tagliolini with Bresaola or the tender, grilled Wagyu Rib Eye steak served with braised chicory. Upon re-opening its doors in October 2013, Cipriani Yas Island added the popular sushi bar Yotto in the Lounge giving visitors the option to sample cuisine from the traditional Japanese menu including the beautifully grilled black cod, with a side of green beans, shitake mushrooms and cherry tomatoes topped with teriyaki sauce.
Boasting simple elegance over 12,115 square feet, the restaurant seats up to 300, extending 130 seats into the iconic marine facing terrace and 50 seats in the lounge. Catering to intimate parties and large scale events alike, Cipriani Yas Island vaunts an exclusive private dining room seating up to 30, a private curtail area on the restaurant floor and a grand secluded function room for 50 guests complete with its own separate kitchen and service area. Bolstering its renowned flair for personalised experiences, the restaurant also hosts a cigar lounge with expertly hand-rolled cigars a la minute served during the Formula 1 Grand Prix season.
“We are tremendously lucky to have had the opportunity to witness and remain a crucial part of Yas Island’s growth over the past four years. In line with this growth, we have revamped the restaurant and lounge accenting the simple elegance that the Cipriani brand is renowned for while continually bringing a touch of Italian Hospitality to the Middle East,” says Marco Boito, General Manager.
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About Cipriani, Yas Island
Opened in November of 2010, Cipriani Yas Island was the brand’s first foray into the Middle East. Closing in November 2012 for the large scale refurbishment of Yas Island, it re-opened its doors to the public on October 15, 2013.
Cipriani was established in 1931 in Venice, Italy by Giuseppe Cipriani by opening the legendary Harry’s Bar which catered to illustrious clientele for over four decades with the likes of Ernest Hemingway. It was recognized in 2001 by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Arts as a cultural landmark and was the birthplace of the famous Carpaccio and popular elite cocktail the ‘Bellini’. Today it has presence in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. Operating in 11 cities; Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Ibiza, Monte Carlo, Porto Cervo, Venice, Bodrum, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, new projects are under way in Mexico City and Madrid.