If you’re craving the authentic taste of Italian pastries in Cape Town, you’ll find it at Trecastelli in the unlikely location of Bloubergstrand, just across the road from the beach. Eat Out critic Lynda Ingham Brown goes for pastries and pizza with a view of Table Mountain.
Cost: Average price main course is R75
Best for: A relaxed sweet treat while you soak up the view
Serves: Italian baked goods
Star ratings: Food 4, service 3, ambience3
The focus here is definitely the pastries, which are displayed in a glass-fronted case so you can make an informed selection. You’ll find yourself spoilt for choice. There are so many on offer that they’re divided into categories – soft, crunchy, shortbread and fresh confectionery. The soft selection includes croissants served with Nutella or jam; bomba, round doughnuts filed with vanilla cream, Nutella or jam; and ciambella, which are similar to ring doughnuts.
The crunchy category includes parigina, which are similar to mille feuille, filled with apple or jam, ventaglio (pig’s ears) and strudel. The highlights for me were the cannoli. The traditional Sicilian variety, lined with chocolate and filled with sweet ricotta was a favourite: crisp, crunchy pastry encasing a smooth, creamy filling. There are also others filled with vanilla cream or Nutella.
The shortbread are self-explanatory and come in numerous varieties: chocolate, Nutella, berry or jam.
If you’re after something a little more substantial, there are tasty Italian pizzas, both rossa (with a tomato base) and bianca (no tomato base), with good classic toppings. Think Napoletana, amatriciana, Roma (Parma ham and smoked provolone), a vegetarian option of Genovese (cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, artichokes and pesto), among others. They’re oblong in shape, served on boards, and bases are at a good, in-between thickness: not super thin, but not deep or cakey either.
There are also two antipasti platters, one with meat only, and one also including cheese and pickles. Both are served with foccacia.
Good Italian coffee (no flat whites here; cappuccino only), soft drinks and milkshakes. Try the Black Banana – a banana and chocolate milkshake – or the one made with strawberries and fresh cream.
Friendly and warm.
Rustic and homely, with some tables outside with a great view of Table Mountain.
Also visit the Trecastelli kiosk at the food market at the V&A Waterfront.
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