Nonna Zanon

A bright and bustling Italian restaurant in the heart of West Bay Discuss this article

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Uh oh. We’ve found a new trattoria down the street from the office. And it’s good. Pizza? Check. Pasta? Check. We might soon have to wear elastic trousers to work if this is going to be our new lunch hangout in West Bay.

Nonna Zanon has been open for just a few short months, and it’s part of the chatter around town. We’ve been holding out to let it catch its stride; but it appears the place has hit the ground running and is going full steam ahead.

The menu at this stage isn’t extensive. Appetisers make up half the selection with items such as aubergine parmesan, home baked foccacia and bresaola with orange pulp. On this particular visit, we start with arancini. The Sicilian croquette is made with rice, ragu, and mozzarella, coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. Crispy exterior, warm and gooey interior, it’s the perfect snack to fire up our appetites. There are only two balls per order, and we’ll tell you right now, one arancini per seating isn’t enough.

The warm spinach salad with mushrooms is flavoured predominantly with a balsamic reduction, which makes the salad quite sweet, if that’s your thing. The sautéed mushrooms marry well with the slightly softened leaves; but the highlight is the ratio of dressing to spinach: just enough to coat without drowning the beautiful ingredients.

The most exciting item to land on our table is the pizza. The base has a foccacia-esque quality, voluminous and puffy, with plenty of body and air pockets that release hot steam as you bite into a slice. Our four-cheese variety includes blue cheese, which adds bite into each slice, and toasted hazelnuts for textural contrast.

Less exciting, however, are the desserts. The panna cotta is smothered in chocolate sauce. It’s unexpected and adds weight to this typically light pudding. Meanwhile, the chocolate tart with Nutella feels too ordinary… as though a chocolate cupcake was sliced into half, layered with the hazelnut spread then sandwiched together. Not unpleasant, but not special either.

The food isn’t splashy but has oodles of character, the kind of meal cooked with heart that you’d get at someone’s home. Suddenly the restaurant’s name grandma Zanon feels apt. The décor also fits in with this simplicity – just white floor tiles and floor-to-ceiling windows that are unadorned, the only burst of colour coming from an artistic display of bottled soft drinks on offer.

But we can see a patio being constructed, slated for opening in the autumn. And we’re told the menu will soon be expanded to include heartier mains. It’s going to be fun to see Nonna Zanon grow in size and popularity – we’re already big fans.

The bill (for two)
1x arancini QR32
1x spinach salad QR40
1x daily soup QR30
1x risotto della nonna QR48
1x pizza Bianca four cheese QR52
1x chocolate tart QR30
1x dessert of the day QR40
2x sparkling waters QR50
Total QR322

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4029 0348
  • Travel: The Residence Tower, Diplomatic Area
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Times: Open daily noon-11pm

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