Michelin-Starred Chef Michael White’s Paranza at Atlantis Paradise Island Hits All the Right Notes

Linguine squid ink mixed seafood calabrian chili paste
Credit: Kovah Duncombe

Elevate your vacation to Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas even further with a visit to the new Paranza restaurant by celebrated Michelin-starred chef Michael White. Meaning “Small Fishing Boat” in Italian, Paranza is a coastal Italian fine dining experience that offers an elevated and welcoming experience for guests of all ages. Paranza is located at The Cove that exudes luxury and exclusivity as the resort’s all-suite retreat.

Most notable for Atlantis’ 25th anniversary this year, Paranza marks another milestone for the resort as Chef White joins Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu) and José Andrés (Fish) in making Atlantis Paradise Island the only resort destination in the Caribbean with three Michelin star-rated chef concepts.

Paranza Chef Michael White
Credit: Kovah Duncombe

Award-winning design studio, Jeffrey Beers International, created Paranza’s design. The design is inspired by both the Bahamas’ gorgeous vibrant azure waters and white sand beaches and Italy’s dramatic coastline and sophisticated communities.

Upon arrival, guests enter a winding walkway that leads to the discovery of the patio, which sits underneath a wooden pergola and faces the stunning vista of Atlantis’ famous Royal Towers.

The Menu at Paranza

Scungilli local conch green apple
Scungilli. Credit: Kovah Duncombe

At Paranza, Chef White’s menu spotlights a medley of house-made pasta, an abundance of seafood, and his modern take on Italian classics, creating a symphony of flavors that showcase his passion for regional Italian cuisine.

The menu starts with Crudo, featuring signature dishes like:

  • Ricciola, amberjack with citrus Fresno chilis and basil
  • Detice, red snapper with Ligurian olives and finger lime
  • Scampi, langoustine with fennel, lemon confit, and oscietra caviar.

Antipasti menu items include:

  • Manzo, truffled beef tartare with Parmigiano-Reggiano and bottarga
  • Polipo grilled octopus with pancetta borlotti beans and rosemary vinaigrette
  • Frittura di Paranza, crispy calamari and shrimp with zucchini with lemon tocco.
Paranza Interior Dining
Credit: Kovah Duncombe

With Primi, dishes lean into classic Italian fare. Notable dishes on the menu at Paranza include:

  • Linguine with squid ink, mixed seafood, Calabrian chili paste and breadcrumbs
  • Ferretti with red wine braised octopus, bone marrow, and basil
  • Risotto, acquerello rice with lobster, shrimp, and calamari.

Entrées include:

  • Cernia, brioche- crusted strawberry grouper with cipollini, fennel, and saffron brodetto
  • Pesce Spada, grilled swordfish with Sicilian caponata, zucchini, and salsa pepe uva
  • Tagliata, prime skirt steak with potato tortino, chiodini mushroom, and red wine sugo


Desserts close out the experience with updated versions of classics, including Torta, dark chocolate mousse cake with vanilla gelato, Semifreddo, strawberry semifreddo with nougat and caramel and Cocco, coconut rice pudding with tropical fruits and macadamia nuts, and a selection of sorbet and gelato.

About Chef Michael White

Chef Michael White Paranza
Chef Michael White. Credit: Kovah Duncombe

Michael White is an accomplished chef awarded both James Beard and Michelin honors. Chef White is globally renowned for his coastal Italian cuisine and gifted artistry toward ingredient-driven cooking.

Most recently, he opened Lido Restaurant at The Four Seasons at The Surfside Club in Miami and served as executive chef of The Lambs Club in New York City.

Hours and Additional Information

Paranza Private Dining
Paranza Private Dining. Credit: Kovah Duncombe

Paranza by Michael White at Atlantis Paradise Island is open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday from 5-10pm. Advanced reservations are required. Al fresco dining and seating at the bar is also available. Seating at the bar is available on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that there is a strict dress code policy. As an example, shorts, athletic apparel, frayed denim, and flip flops are prohibited. The last seating time is 6:30pm for parties with kids under 6 years old.

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Vanessa Gordon is the Owner and Publisher of East End Taste Magazine. Vanessa is regularly called on as a family travel, personal finance, and Hamptons lifestyle expert. She has been featured in Reader's Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, The New York Times, New York Post, The Daily Beast, The Daily News, and many other publications. Vanessa is also the Founder of the annual Hamptons summer event, the Hamptons Interactive Brunch.