Italian culinary secrets with Chefs Corrado and Roberto


Al Faisaliah’s La Cucina and Belmond hotels worked together to introduce a series of cooking classes to bring the taste of Italy to the people of Riyadh. Taught by guest chefs from Belmond, Chefs Corrado Corti and Roberto Toro. At the first class conducted the chefs prepared the crowd pleaser, Pesto sauce, and all the way from Sicily, the Sicilian Caponata. Using ingredients that can all be found locally, and giving the secrets to bring the most out of the dishes.

We’re bringing you the ingredients, procedure, and some of the secrets that we learned, Buon Appetito!

Pesto Sauce

Pesto Pasta

  • 100 gr Pine nuts
  • 150 gr Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Clove garlic
  • 5 Bunches fresh basil
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 16 gr Pecorino cheese (can be substituted with Parmesan) 

Mix the basil, Pine nuts, garlic and olive oil into the food processor (Add two cubes of ice to keep the bright green color) until smooth, then add a pinch of salt and pepper for taste, an pulse a few times. Add the mixture with the cheese in a bowl, mix, and you’re set to go!

Sicilian Caponata


  • 1 kg Eggplants
  • 2 Onions
  • 300 gr Celery
  • 200 gr Black olives, pits removed.
  • 100 gr Salted capers
  • 3 tbs Tomato paste
  • 16 gr Granulated sugar
  • 2 tbs Apple cider vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil 

Heat some oil in a skillet and add diced eggplants to cook until soft and golden brown, then transfer into another plate. Add more oil and cook the diced onions until golden, add in the garlic and celery, cook until soft, then add in the tomato paste. After cooking for a minute sprinkle the suagr, mix, then add the vinegar, olives, and capers; cook for 1 minute.


Read Between the buns: Salmon Bagel


Taking the cream cheese bagel to another level, adding delicious salmon, some tang and crisp, then bon appetit, or as the Swedish say, smaklig måltid!


  • 1 Bagel
  • Baked salmon, pulled
  •  Cream Cheese
  • ½ squeezed lime
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes


Cut the bagel in half, spread the cream cheese first to hold the salmon that you’re putting right on top! squeeze a lemon right on the salmon, and finish with lettuce and tomatoes on top!


IN & OUT: Fresh out the Brick Oven at Pizzaiolo



Made with love and only the freshest ingredients, Pizzaiolo was developed by Fursan to make premium pizzas. Offering a range of delicious homemade sauces to dip your pizza crusts in and pizza dough that makes it the lightest one you’ll ever eat! 

  • Caution: You’ll start craving it again as soon as you step out of the shop.

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Price Range: $$$

Family Section: Yes

Featured Dishes:
AppetizersMain DishSaucesDessert
  • Garlic Cheese Bread – best. garlic. cheese. bread. in. universe. Do not leave without ordering one. Or two. Ok, maybe three.
  • Ragu Arancini – 3 different flavors of fried rice balls? Yes, please!
  • Three Cheese – mozzarella, cheddar, and parmesan. The perfect combination of cheeses, you’ll never order margherita again.
  • Smoked Chicken – topped with their pesto sauce, you’ll never have a chicken pizza fresher than this.
  • Forsan – perfect for someone with a meaty appetite, it includes ALL of Fursan’s meats.
  • Parmigiana – eggplants and pizza. A match made in heaven, and not only for vegetarians.
  • Pesto Sauce – homemade pesto so you’ll never have to leave those poor crusts again.
  • Pizza Sauce – to make your own pizza with your crusts.
  • Chili Oil – because you gotta add some spice to your life.
  • Mascarpone Pizza with Nutella & Fruits
Special Order: Our very own Destination Riyadh pizza, topped with green marinara, pesto, three cheeses, and mushrooms.

Number: +966 11 8125744


IN & OUT: Eclectic Comfort Food at Tomahawk Grill

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A small cosy restaurant tucked away at a corner of Riyadh. With its warm wood and cork interior, and the chalkboard made into a masterpiece by local artists, your eye will certainly enjoy the experience as well.

Tomahawk offers famous dishes made with excellent quality and a blast of flavor.

Contact InfoMore Details
Number: +966 50 866 0741
Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Price Range: $$$

Family Section: no

Featured Dishes

  • Dynamite Shrimp: Crispy little shrimps of heaven. Definitely one of the best dynamite shrimps in town.
  • Chicken Wings: Perfectly crispy with homemade sweet barbecue sauce that will make you lick your fingers.

Main Dish:

  • Beef Burger: Thin perfectly spiced slice that is magically crispy, you do not want to miss this!
  • Dynamite Slider: Chicken burger topped with dynamite sauce and coupled with fried pickles. YES. FRIED PICKLES.
  • Brisket Burger: Favorite dish, shredded brisket cooked with a special sauce and topped with coleslaw. How does one come up with such a beautiful combination I don’t know!


Read Between the buns: Turkey Sandwich with Beetroot Sauce

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Get ready for the freshest sandwich you’ll ever make, with the killer combo, beetroot and smoked turkey! With the star of the show an original beetroot sauce recipe that can last upto a week in the fridge.


  • 1/2 boiled/canned beetroot, shredded
  • 1 yogurt container
  • 1 tsp thini
  • 1 squeezed lime or lemon
  • Bread of your choice
  • Lettuce
  • Smoked Turkey


To make the sauce, mix the yogurt, tahini, lemon, and shredded beetroot together. Apply the sauce on the bread first, place the smoked turkey above it, then goes the lettuce, and then top with even more of the beetroot sauce, and you’re ready to close it up!


DIY: How To Make An Origami Crane

DIY Origami crane

Origami is a Japanese art that translates to “Folding paper”. The Crane, which is the most popular origami made, symbolizes peace, and it’s believed that if you make 1000 paper Cranes you get a wish.


Transformation Tuesday: How to Turn into a Son of a Witch

Transformation Tuesday son of a witch

The word “Witch” is commonly thought to refer to a woman, but its actually not gender specific. In this video a male is turned into a witch using SFX make up, defying the stereotype and breaking the gender roles.


Quiz: What Should I Eat?

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How to Camp Saudi Style


We connect with nature luxuriously and with an insanely amount of fun.

Bring Your Best Farwa Along

The farwa has become a part of Saudi heritage, it’s the only thing that can protect you from the harsh winter nights of Saudi.
Where to get it: Al Dirah District



Saudi’s black gold, no gathering is complete without it. You can choose from the hundreds of kinds of dates available Saudi, and they’re sold at every supermarket and mini market.

Where to get it: Utaiqah District



Wood and fuel. You don’t want to freeze your bones broken, our cold nights are merciless. If you don’t go back home smelling like wood smoke, then you’re not doing it right.

Where to get it: AlSenidi for Camping Equipment


Mirka (Camp Grill)

A must to brew your tea. If you cook it right above your fire, it takes the taste to a whole new level.

Where to get it: AlSenidi for Camping Equipment


Electricity Generator

Because you need electricity to charge all your gadgets and capture all the memories. We also love to live in luxury, so having electricity in the middle of nowhere is necessary.

Where to get it: AlSenidi for Camping Equipment


Arabic Coffee

Arabic coffee beans, cardamom, saffron… how can anyone resist that?! And if you flavor it with ginger or cinnamon, you get the winter version and keep your insides warm, happy and energized.

Where to get it: Arabic coffee makers and ready coffee blends are available in supermarkets.


Sand Surfing

For the favorite Saudi desert activity, tie one rope end to the car and the other end to a carpet/slide, voilà! Enjoy sand surfing.

Where to get it: AlSenidi for Camping Equipment



Almost every Saudi rode a quad. If you haven’t felt the post-insane-fun-ride numbness, I feel sorry for your childhood. The best thing about it is that you don’t even have to buy one, you can rent it for cheap.

Where to get it: Rent it hourly from popular desert spots.



You can basically cook it back home and bring it along with you. But if you like it fresh, you can get the ingredients, a huge belly with you, and cook it in a hole.

Where to get it: From the dozen Mathlotha restaurants you’ll find on the way.


Playing Cards

You say Ballot. We say yes. You can stay playing for hours, no need for board games. Playing cards is like those Gameboy games with 100+ options, you’ll never get bored with all the games you can play.

Where to get it: From any baqala.


Fusfus (Salted Flower Seeds)

For an instant feel-like-a-nomad trick, you won’t be able to stop, and you won’t feel sorry for it. They also sell it with different spicing nowadays, so everyone can have the flavor that suits them best.

Where to get it: From any baqala. Did you really not know?


Food Containers

The signature Saudi household belonging is the food container with the umbrella and two chairs. Keeping your food warm in timeless style.

Where to get it: AlSenidi for Camping Equipment


Popular Desert Spots

  • Thumama
  • Raudhat Nourah
  • Rimah
  • Rawdat At Tinhat
  • Rawdat Khuraim


Cooking with Chef Gianluca Fusto


Alfaisaliah hotel offered a series or cooking classes by chef Gianluca Fusto, where he’s known for making a perfect version of the dessert and adding a crazy ingredient to it.

The series contained several classes, each for 250 Riyals with a lot to offer! We went to one of the classes and we assembled this walkthrough for you.


  • 120 g Yolks
  • 40 g Sugar
  • 30 g Water
  • 300 g White eggs
  • 80 g Sugar
  • 650 g Mascarpone cheese
  • 4 g Lemon zest
  • Weigh all the ingredients separately.
  • Separate the yolks from the whites.
  • In the container of the global pack a swiss meringue with the larger amount of sugar and egg whites; take them to 65 C, in a water bath, then mounted the mixture till cooling.
  • Similarly stir the egg yolks with the least amount of remaining sugar and water and bring to 82 C; join the mascarpone and then mounted.
  • Mix the two compounds, finally stir in the lemon zest.

Chef Gianluca have taught us all the secret ways to make the perfect tiramisu from how to get the perfect cream to everything we need to know about eggs, who knew there was so much to eggs! The crazy ingredient to his perfect tiramisu was Capers. Yes. Capers. And to my surprise it did go along with the tiramisu!


After eating the amazing dessert the Chef made, we were seated at a table and were served an appetizer of lobster stew with chocolate shaving, again, the crazy ingredient went so well with the dish! And for the main dish we were served Scallop with rosewater. I never dared to eat anything related to clams before, but this was something that I did not regret.


After learning how to cook amazing tiramisu, eating gourmet food, and meeting great people who share my love for food, I can definitely say that I’ll be back to take more classes.