The new restaurant opened at the beginning of September 2018 on Yaroslavskyi Lane - a quiet Podil street that lies ten minutes away from the Kontraktova Ploshcha metro station. While the exterior suggests it might be a fashionable boutique, in fact, it's a middle-class restaurant with a quite intriguing menu.
To give an idea, Italian from Beirut has various dishes that represent both Lebanese and Italian cuisine like pasta-salad with kebab or a pizzetta with kebab, cherry tomatoes and mozzarella.
For those who'd like to keep the culinary traditions separate, the menu is filled with numerous traditional picks from both cuisines. Thus, there are 5 types of kebab - beef, lamb, chicken and bacon, vegetables, beef and mutton - to represent one of the most popular Oriental dishes. The entrées include three types of hummus, a meze set, and labneh cheese with smoked tomatoes and a fried bagel.
As for the Italian accent, there are four types of pasta on the menu - classic lasagna, alla puttanesca with anchovy, à la carbonara, and aglio e olio with tomatoes, parmesan and chickpeas. Besides, pizzettas with four different flavors from kebab to cheese are available as well. The dessert section is represented by the chef's special cheesecake, a tart with creme and fruits, and a classic baklava with nuts.
Italian from Beirut also serves breakfasts from 9 to 12 A.M. Visitors can choose among the Middle Eastern fried eggs dish shakshouka, an Italian omelet-like frittata, or croissants - all with various flavors.
As coffee culture is traditionally strong in Beirut, the Kyiv restaurant offers the hot drink: classic à la Oriental or with milk as well as the usual options from espresso to flat white. So far, the restaurant's guests have noted exceptional kebabs and hummus.
Address: 1/3, Yaroslavskyi Lane
Working hours: 9 A.M. - 10 P.M.
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