Marea founder to open restaurant in Riyadh in 2020

Michael White is bringing his Ristorante Morini chain to the Saudi capital
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Michael White in the kitchen.
Michael White in the kitchen.

Marea Dubai opened to a great reception in Dubai’s DIFC in 2019, and now its founder and executive chef Michael White is planning to bring another of his restaurant brands to the Middle East.

Speaking exclusively to Caterer Middle East, White revealed that his Altramarea Group is set to open Ristorante Morini in Saudi Arabia in the second half of 2020.

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He said: “I’m just back from Riyadh. We’re going to open there in 2020 and it’s amazing. The infrastructure they are putting in there is second to none.”

Ristorante Morini serves White’s usual pan-Italian cuisine, but its flagship New York outlet closed in the second half of 2019 due to its building owner’s redevelopment of the property.

The American chef had just returned from a trip to Riyadh when Caterer spoke with him and was confident that the Saudi population would take to his cuisine, saying that he won’t have a big enough restaurant to meet demand.

“I did a lot of travelling and due diligence in the last four days. [Riyadh’s] pretty ripe. Let me at ‘em!”

White said he is already training the chef and team to ensure the quality customers have come to expect from all his brands under the Altamarea Group umbrella is there when they open in Saudi Arabia.

You can read more from White in the January issue of Caterer Middle East. Subscribe here.

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