Doha, 15 April 2015 – Antica Pesa, Doha’s new ‘real Italia’ culinary experience, has opened its doors for guests adding a new and exciting dining experience to Doha’s blossoming culinary scene. The celebrity hotspot from New York and Rome offers guests authentic Italian cuisine at Doha’s new premier destination Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha.
The restaurant remains true to its 17th Century family-focused roots, with four generations of the same family having managed the restaurant over the past 93 years. The menu is created following two fundamental guidelines: reworking traditional recipes from Roman cuisine and creating dishes using local organic products for seasonaldishes, with a nod to modern trends.
The inspiration for the restaurant’s name comes from its origins as a Vatican customs post that collected taxes on grain in Rome. The antique customs officer decided to initiate a sort of eatery that offered bread and wine to the many peasants who came to the tollhouse. ‘The Old Scales’or ‘Antica Pesa’ was coined in the late 19th century when the original customs function was replaced by a real restaurant.
Antica Pesa is set in the grounds of Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha and offers guests beautiful views of Qanat Quartier and the Arabian Gulf, with inside or outside dining on the terraces. There is a strong theme of iconic artwork throughout the décor of the restaurant with pieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, De Chirico and Helmut Lang photos.
Admired for its visually stimulating, delicious and entertaining dining experience, Antica Pesa restaurants are already a favourite destinationfor celebrities such as Madonna, Mike Jagger, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Richard Gere andLeonardo Di Caprio.
Francesco Panella, owner of Antica Pesa restaurants comments: “We are excited to open the doors of Antica Pesa to local food lovers offering ‘real Italia’ cuisine.The artistic design features, world-class food and beautiful setting of the restaurant makes for a truly authentic and unique experience that will redefine Qatar’s Italian culinary scene.”
About Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha:
Marsa Malaz Kempinski, the city's new premier destination, located on its own secluded island, offers guests 281 luxurious rooms and suites offering unparalleled space and luxurious comfort. Meeting and conference facilities include the Palazzo ballroom measuring 1,100 sq m (11,538 sqft), ideal for VIP delegations or a stunning location for weddings. It also features an exclusive beach located in a private bay along with outdoor swimming pools, water sports facilities, yachts jetty and tennis courts. Additionally, the 3,000 sqm tranquil Spa by Clarinsfeatures 23 treatment rooms, exclusive female areas, a health club, indoor pool, beauty salons, saunas and steam rooms.
As one of the truly most inspiring hotels in the region, Marsa Malaz Kempinski offers bespoke dining and entertainment options for visitors and guests across 11 food and beverage outlets – an unprecedented number in Qatar. A selection of six different types of restaurants serving an array of cuisines includes Levant-inspired recipes at Al Sufra, traditional Spanish cuisine in El Faro, a blend of European and Mediterranean flavours from Sawa, as well as Pan Latin dining from Toro Toro, redefining Italian cuisine in AnticaPesa and Japanese fine-dining in Nozomi. In addition, there are two cafés, al fresco pool-side dining, a sophisticated lounge and an unparalleled rooftop lounge with large open-air terraces.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2014.
To book or for further information, visit:
Nikolaos Foskolos • Public Relations & Marketing Manager
Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl - Doha | Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha
P.O. Box 24892 • The Pearl • Doha • Qatar
Tel +974 4035 5555