A theatrical dining experience with Antonio Lopez

A theatrical dining experience with Antonio Lopez

With a mantra of “life is short, do what you love,” Antonio Lopez, Teatro Restaurant’s executive sous chef, did just that. He left a career in engineering to pursue his passion for culinary arts, finding his place at Rotana Abu Dhabi’s star restaurant. Here, he gives us a glimpse into Teatro and what makes it such a phenomenal success.

What makes Teatro an award-winning concept and what is the secret behind its longevity?
Teatro, Rotana’s signature restaurant at Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, has withstood the test of time. I genuinely believe there is no secret to Teatro’s success because it largely comes down to the team’s intrinsic passion for consistency, quality, freshness and offering guests beautiful dining experiences to all our guests.

What can you tell us about the food you offer?
Teatro, as its name implies, promises a theatrical eating experience from beginning to end. It is an award-winning restaurant, with a dynamic menu filled with the finest dishes, from Thai, Indian, Chinese and Japanese to Italian, thus spotlighting the world’s finest gastronomy. I would like to mention the excellent chefs in my team who entertain guests with live cooking and those in charge of the sushi bar.

Aside from unique menu items, what experience can guests look forward to enjoying at Teatro?
At Teatro, there are many possibilities, and we are quite open to interactions between our chefs and our patrons. We also thoughtfully concoct food and drink promotions for tableside service, not to mention the lively ambience, distinctive interior decor, wide variety of wines in our cellar and many other elements that make the Teatro experience a special one.

How would you describe Abu Dhabi’s F&B market today?
In my opinion, Abu Dhabi’s food and beverage market is dynamic and guest centric. Quality is of utmost importance and, in order to succeed, you must be able to keep up with Dubai’s fast-paced changes.



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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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