Alelí Marbella – A Journey Through Authentic Italian Cuisine by Dani Garcia

Alelí Marbella, a restaurant by the Dani García Group, is a hidden gem in the gastronomic hub of Marbella.

Inspired by Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita and Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty, Alelí offers an authentic Italian dining experience in a traditional osteria setting. The menu takes guests on a gastronomic journey through the regions of Piedmont, Lombardy, Lazio, Campania, and Sicily, featuring some of Italy’s most iconic dishes, all with Dani Garcia’s signature style and creativity.

Alelí Marbella is located in the Puente Romano area of the Golden Mile, in a charming Andalusian building with a garden terrace that transports diners to Tuscany. The restaurant’s beautiful decor and ambiance make it the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed and comfortable Italian dinner.

Guests have the option to enjoy their dining experience al fresco on the garden terrace.

Authentic Italian Gastronomy

The menu at Alelí Marbella is a celebration of Italian cuisine’s diversity, featuring traditional dishes that highlight the quality of the produce and the technique of preparation. The gastronomic journey begins with a selection of antipasti, including different types of mortadella and fresh handmade pasta, like the agnolotti del Plin from Piedmont.

Before diving into the main course, start the evening with a classic Venice Bellini or the ‘La Gran Selezione di Alelí,’ a magnificent sharing plate of antipasti. The charcuterie is cut to order on a vintage meat slicer on the finest setting, maximising the flavours of the stracciatella and mortadella de Bologna.

The open kitchen features a striking wood-fired oven, where traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas are prepared and baked to order, with a 48-hour fermentation time. The menu also offers a wide selection of dried and fresh pastas, such as the rich gnocchi made with baked pumpkin, blu di bufala cheese, and pumpkin oil.

The restaurant serves authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, prepared using traditional methods.

For the second course, guests can choose from a range of dishes like beef with marsala wine, lemon chicken, and lamb. The menu is generous and hearty, with authentic Italian flavours and original touches. The tiramisu is a must-try, and the restaurant offers a lovely selection of dessert wines from Spain, Portugal, and France.

The open kitchen shelves are stocked with authentic high-quality Italian products and packages, sourced from the best Italian suppliers. The head chef, Nicholas Amici, born and raised in Rome, brings a balance of creativity and tradition to the kitchen.

Wine Selection

Alelí’s wine selection is inspired by Dani García’s passion for fresh Mediterranean wines, featuring some of the best Spanish and Italian wines. Guests can enjoy delicious Spanish wines and rare finds from small Tuscan producers in Montalcino like Sassicaia, Tignanello, and Masseto, to some exceptional wines from Rinaldi, Soldera, or Burlotto.

Experience Alelí Marbella

When you arrive at Alelí Marbella, you will be warmly greeted and taken to your table. The restaurant’s ambiance is inspired by the beauty and decadence of “La dolce vita” by Federico Fellini and “La gran belleza” by Paolo Sorrentino. You can choose to dine inside the restaurant or outside on the charming garden terrace. The terrace is particularly lovely in the spring, evocative of “dolce far niente,” the quintessential Italian philosophy of life that evokes the pleasure of doing nothing.

The traditional Italian antipasto platter featuring an assortment of premium cheeses and cured meats.

To start your evening, we recommend trying the classic Venice Bellini or the “La Gran Selezione di Alelí,” a magnificent sharing plate of antipasti. The charcuterie is cut to order on a vintage meat slicer, on the finest setting, truly maximising the flavours of the stracciatella and mortadella de Bologna.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, Alelí Marbella offers an authentic Italian dining experience with a creative twist. The restaurant‘s dedication to quality produce and traditional techniques ensures that each dish reflects the essence of Italy’s most emblematic cuisine. Furthermore, the location, ambiance, and wine selection make it an ideal destination for foodies looking for a unique culinary experience.

Have you been to Alelí Marbella, or are you planning to visit soon? What was your favourite dish, and what did you think of the overall experience? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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