Cento per Cento is an Italian restaurant located on a quiet area off of Olaya road. The place has a romantic feel to it and the decor is modern and very attractive. Atmosphere here is relaxed and quiet background music is played (not so common in Riyadh!). There’s a choice of sitting in several different open areas with dim lighting, cozy private booths or even in exclusive private rooms with set menus. For larger gatherings or parties the restaurant has a trendy party room in the back which can be booked for special occasions.
The private rooms are called the White Room and the Black Room, both exquisitely decorated and uber-romantic. Definitely THE place to bring the person you wish to impress! Price for two persons with a set 7 course special menu in the white room is 1150. The rooms need to be booked well in advance for weekends.
Service here is efficient, professional and polite and in the booths you can press the “call bell” for the waiters.
A warning to pizza lovers! This restaurant does not serve pizzas! The story is their pizza oven does not work properly. Might be off-putting for some and definitely takes away one star from the rating.
To compensate for this loss, the pastas were delicious and there were plenty of options to choose from. I was hoping for a bit more home-made feel to the actual pasta, but overall the ones we tried were great. There are some creative dishes on the diverse menu as well. Salads were very fresh and of excellent quality. Cento per Cento has one of the top salad menus in Riyadh.
For the desserts I would recommend the Panna Cotta sampler! A mouth-watering, very authentic Italian taste and you get to try three different flavors of this famous dessert in one order.
One peculiar thing about this restaurant is that they have a huge wine rack at the entrance. We tasted one of these non-alcoholic wines and they were actually not bad at all! Having a bottle of wine in an ice cooler over a candle-lit dinner almost makes you feel like you’re in Italy…Almost. If you like the wines it’s possible to buy some bottles to take home. This is definitely the place to go for a romantic night out or with a group of friends for a fun night out.Cento Per Cento,