Ibiza restaurants: IT Ibiza – A fine Italian winter
By day, IT Ibiza is one of the island’s most stylish suntraps, with an expansive terrace protected from the offshore winds and bathed in natural light. By night, it’s a cosmopolitan hotspot – one of the only true fine dining destinations remaining open throughout winter in Ibiza. This unique all-year round offering makes the Marina Botafoch restaurant a shining star on Ibiza’s gastronomic map, plus a buzzing social hotspot for locals and holidaymakers alike.
As the seasons change, so too do the ingredients inside IT Ibiza head chef Massimo Larosa’s open kitchen. At this time of year, he turns to autumn and winter produce when creating his high quality Italian fine dining menus – think pumpkin, mushrooms, chestnuts and kale among other delicious vegetables. His ethos is to source the very finest local produce where possible, supporting the local economy and encouraging sustainability. However, in the case of certain specialty winter ingredients that aren’t found locally, they are flown in directly from mother Italy, including the very finest black and white truffles. Nothing but the best for IT Ibiza guests!
New for the winter season is an all-new weekly Sunday brunch, taking place on the sunny terrace each week from 1pm until 5pm. A fun, family-friendly affair, complete with a kids’ club, absolutely everyone is welcome to join. The mouth-watering menu includes a starter buffet of delicious hot and cold bites such as Ibiza Mozzarella, anchovies, mini burgers, tacos and pizza and is followed by a choice of pastas for your first course and a meat or seafood option as your main – think brunch with a twist! A decadent dessert buffet completes the offering, which is only 30€ per person (kids have their very own menu for just 10€) or you can add an extra 10€ to receive a glass of Perrier Jouët champagne. With live music by Hot Ice Ibiza, the IT Ibiza brunch is the perfect way to end your week.
While IT Ibiza deservedly earnt a glowing reputation for its carefully crafted à la carte menu in the summer months, in the winter it offers diners the chance to sample the famed high-end cuisine at very accessible off-season prices. Every week, Larosa creates a special set lunch menu – based around seasonal winter produce and Italian recipes – available between 12.30pm and 4pm daily from Tuesday to Saturday. At just 19€ for two courses or 24€ for three courses (with the regular menu also available), is there any better reason than to take a long, luxurious lunch in the sunshine? Don’t forget to add million dollar views of the Dalt Vila skyline in the distance and fleets of luxurious yachts in the foreground.
While the set lunch menu changes weekly, based around the market-fresh produce on offer, dishes may include starters such as a winter warming pumpkin and ginger soup, crispy anchovies with tomato confit, a chickpea flan with squid plus a healthy salad with spelt. Mains range from a hearty spaghetti with wild mushroom and smoked cheese or a classic carbonara, rich pork belly with potatoes, amberjack or seabass stuffed ravioli and a fresh fish of the day cooked in a variety of ways. Those opting for the dessert course have deluxe dishes like crème brulèe with vanilla, coconut mousse, apple cake with cinnamon ice cream and traditional tiramisu. Pizzas are also available – the freshest, crispiest pizzas this side of Sicily.
If your work commitments keep you from sampling the fabulous lunch fare at IT Ibiza, the newly introduced 15€ ‘after work menu’ – available from 6.30pm until 9pm from Tuesday to Saturday – may be just the ticket to get you heading for the Marina. Settle in to the cosy bar area or on the terrace after sunset – when the blazing outdoor heaters are fired up to beat the evening chills – and tuck into tasty delights such as rice chips with spicy avocado, Cantabrico anchovies with butter and croutons, lush beef carpaccio, Panissa Genovese with chickpeas and mini burgers bursting with flavour. Pair with a glass of vino or one of IT Ibiza’s signature cocktails and let the stresses of your day just slip away…
If you’re looking for a beautiful location for a dinner with friends, or searching for a low-lit romantic corner for a date on a winter’s night, the stylish IT Ibiza interior is the perfect setting, with resident DJs Mia and Maxine providing the soundtrack on Friday and Saturday nights. Larosa and his experienced kitchen team serve up the à la carte dinner menu between 8pm and midnight from Tuesday to Saturday – an authentic fine dining experience complemented by the extensive IT Ibiza wine list. Every dish is presented like a work of art, created with love and passion and allowing the freshness and flavours of the ingredients to shine.
Thursday nights at IT Ibiza are when Ibiza’s cognoscenti descend on the bar for the weekly winter aperitivo session ‘This is IT’. Now in its second year, the night kicks off from 7pm with a selection of complimentary finger food available with the purchase of a drink, in true Italian style. The drink prices have been lowered in accordance with the winter months and you’ll score a very good glass of wine from 7€, beer for 5€ and cocktails for 12€. The bite sized snacks on offer are not your average buffet – elegantly presented on the long communal table in the bar area. Keep your eyes out for the typical southern Italian style ‘crudo’ (raw fish) in beautiful glass sculptures. Special guest DJs join the residents behind the decks, creating a party atmosphere – the perfect place to start your night before heading off into the Ibiza night.
For residents and locals who may be too busy in the summer months to indulge in the delights of IT Ibiza, the varied winter offerings are like an off-season gift that keeps on giving! Businesses, families and large groups can also be catered to at IT Ibiza – from office Christmas parties to birthday and festive celebrations, with the possibility to reserve large sections of the restaurant for your special event. Brunch with a twist, a set menu lunch, after work drinks and snacks or a divine dinner – all the more reason to visit IT Ibiza!