Italian restaurant at the Sheraton Abu Dhabi introduces new head chef

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If you are looking for a little slice of Italy in Abu Dhabi, look no further than La Mamma restaurant. Celebrating authentic Mediterranean flavours and traditions, La Mamma at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort has just welcomed a new Italian chef, Juri Pelusi.

Gastronomic roots

A native of the beautiful region of Abruzzo in Italy, Chef Juri has worked extensively in some of the finest kitchens around the world from Rome through London to Dubai.

“I started to work at the age of 15, learning my culinary skills from seasoned chefs of my hometown. I am immensely grateful for the classical training that I received during my apprenticeship.  While I am always looking for new ideas, it is very important for me to look after my gastronomic roots. At La Mamma, you can expect genuine Italian flavours cooked with carefully selected ingredients.” – says Juri Pelusi.

Little Italy

While the Chef Juri is busy cooking in the kitchen, Massimiliano “Max” Venturelli, Director of Food & Beverage and his team are making sure that the restaurant runs as smoothly as a glass of fine Chianti. Max – who is also an accomplished chef – oversees the operations of all of the hotel’s restaurants ensuring the highest level of customer service.

“As one of the capital’s favourite venues, La Mamma has been part of the life of Abu Dhabi’s residents for decades. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming neighbourhood restaurant where our guests can enjoy good conversations over great food.” 

Nutella & gelato pizza

Evoking the atmosphere of a traditional Italian trattoria, La Mamma offers both classic favourites and Chef Juri’s signature dishes - amongst them is his trademark Nutella and gelato pizza. Originally from Naples, this indulgent dish is the perfect combination of Nutella, vanilla ice cream and crunchy pizza dough sprinkled with brown sugar. “Once you have tasted this dish, you will never want your Nutella any other way.” – promises Chef Juri.

Abu Dhabi’s celebrated gathering place

Over the years, La Mamma has become one of the city’s favourite Italian restaurants providing the perfect setting for intimate dinners, family gatherings and business lunches. The restaurant boasts an array of cold and hot starters, innovative pasta, risotto and pizza dishes, as well as a variety of main courses and delicious desserts.

Now is the time to immerse yourself in authentic Italian atmosphere at Abu Dhabi’s celebrated gathering place that has been proudly creating delicious cuisine for over 35 years. For bookings or further details please call 02 677 3333 or visit