Ambience★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Service★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Food★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The old-time favourite, courgette fritters, are so moreish with a light crisp batter as a starter/ antipasti. Another dish noted in the antipasti section is bruschette miste – a toasted Italian bread topped with marinated tomato, grilled vegetables, fresh mozzarella and basil.
Most of the pasta in the mains selection is homemade and, in true Italian style, there are plenty of delicious authentic Italian dishes to choose from. A popular main is the tagliolini ai funghi e tartufo, which is pasta tossed with wild mushrooms, fresh rocket and a touch of truffle oil, topped with parmesan. Seafood lovers should go for the calamarata del pescatorenis: full of flavour in a light creamy white wine sauce, the tender calamari is cooked very well with sweet prawns and mussels, and come served on an artisanal ring pasta. Another mouth-watering traditional dish that is true soul food is the ossobuco di vitello, a slow-cooked veal shin with vegetables, fresh herbs and red wine enjoyed with either soft polenta or fresh pasta.
The dessert menu has a selection of traditional Italian gems such as tiramisu and pavlova. Also try the dolce della nonna, with layers of Amaretti biscuits, a light coffee flavour, zabaglione, cream, a touch of nutty flavour from the walnuts and some chocolate flakes. The panna cotta is creamy and is served with a tangy berry sauce and fresh strawberries.
The wine list includes some local favourites like the Ken Forester Renegade, as well as lovely Italian wines at affordable prices.
Very friendly, well informed and they make recommendations to guests. The kids are invited to see the food being made.
The ambience is warm and calm on a winter’s evening. There’s an outdoor table setting ideal for summer nights. The tables are covered with white table cloths and champagne-coloured overlays; the windows draped with red curtains. This restaurant looks like the locals’ favourite spot, especially for the more mature citizens, and it is family friendly.
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Bernadette la Roux
Here you will find authentic Italian food of the highest order made to traditional methods. Pasta, from the cannelloni tubes to the tagliolini is handmade and fresh. Eat like an Italian, working your way through the menu from the antipasti (don’t miss a plate of the zucchini fritti or courgette fries to share) through the primi (linguine pescatore tossed in a tomato-based seafood sauce is inspired) and on to the secondi (traditional veal saltimbocca alla roma is highly recommended) ending with dolci or gelato and an espresso. The veal dishes in particular are outstanding and come with various sauces from fresh lemon to foraged mushroom and are served with pasta (or not). The tagliolini ai funghi e tartufo with wild mushrooms, rocket and truffle oil is also a stand-out dish. Don’t expect lashings of rich cream here, the tagliolini is tossed in truffle oil with porcini mushrooms and fresh herbs then softened with a dash of pasta water allowing the mushrooms to take centre stage.
The wine list has been carefully considered showcasing both South African and Italian wines with excellent by-the-glass options. Italian varietals are affordable without sacrificing quality in the bottle. Starting the meal with a glass of prosecco is always a good idea to get into the spirit.
With dishes that are by no means easy to pronounce and a mid-week lunch rush that can get busy, staff have a good handle on things. The hand’s-on owner and an ever-changing menu keep waiters and kitchen crew on their toes.
Don’t expect a warm and cozy nonna’s kitchen; situated opposite the Kingsbury Hospital and with huge glass windows, the atmosphere is slightly lacking, but the food and busy tables more than make up for it. You’re not here for the view.
The open-kitchen counter displays seasonal items that can be a good clue as to what to order on the day.
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