This is a relaxed Italian eatery located at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. They’re equipped with a traditional wood-fired pizza oven imported from Naples, which gives their pizzas the perfectly balanced chewy and crisp texture. The antipasti selection consists of a wide variety of Italian favourites, such as olives and aranchini as well as the restaurant namesake, burrata cheese.
The salad selection is definitely not your everyday soggy dressed-leaves type of salad. Expect ingredients such as fennel, cannellini beans, and artichokes – amongst other interesting options. It comes as no surprise that the pizza selection is vast and makes up a large part of the menu. There’s a pizza for every taste – meat lovers will revel in the braised and barbequed meat variants and non-meat eaters are catered for with ample vegetarian option,s too – don’t expect to see any Regina or Hawaiian pizzas here. The selection is more refined and authentically Italian.
If you’re not in the mood for pizza, Burrata delivers on other main course options too, including risotto – perfectly cooked and creamy rice grains with just a slight resistance to the bite, the truffle risotto is perfectly perfumed with truffle oil. The pasta is served in generous portions in deep bowls that seem to go on forever, perfect for sharing. If you’re in the mood for steak, they’ve also got you covered with an option of Chalmar beef cooked to your specifications.
The dessert selection is very limited, the stand-out dessert being the sweet pizza, which is more of a cheese course than a dessert. Classic Italian panna cotta and zabaglione also make an appearance, with a seasonal twist added for good measure.
The carefully curated wine list is compiled by the owner, Neil Grant, who is a certified sommelier with extensive wine knowledge and experience. A vast selection of mostly local wines – with a few Italian varieties thrown in as well as French wines, amongst others – are on offer. Neil has created a special sommelier’s selection of wines offered by the glass, for customers wanting to try some elite award-winning wines for the first time. There is a small cocktail selection available, including an interesting chocolate twist on the Italian Negroni.
The service staff is very well-versed in all of the menu items and more than happy to suggest wines to accompany your choice of dishes. Food is quick to come out of the kitchen.
The restaurant is quiet and tranquil, even during the day when the Old Biscuit mill is at peak trade. The pizza oven warms the restaurant and fills the space with an aroma of freshly baked bread. The décor is simple and minimal, with bare wooden tables and chairs set with their signature white napkins with red stitching. Ideal for an afternoon business lunch or a family dinner.
Beer lovers will be pleased with the vast craft beer selection.
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Consistency, fine food and contemporary Italian cuisine are the benchmarks of Burrata, named Eat Out’s Best Italian Restaurant in 2013. The finest artisanal ingredients are sourced to create one of the best antipasti and charcuteries selections in town - arancini with aioli, sautéed squid with chilli and garlic, whipped gorgonzola, proscuitto, salami and Sicilian caponata.
Pizza lovers have a choice of rosso (tomato) or bianco (plain pizza) smothered in delicious gourmet toppings, like the Piccante with roasted apple, chipotle, pulled pork belly and provolone. The risotto is one of the stars of a new menu, layered with flavours of crayfish tail, seafood bisque and sesame seeds, and made with aged carnaroli rice. Modern pasta dishes for hearty appetites with a South African twist feature a signature springbok shank, brown onion and kale rigatoni, or bucatini nero with poached octopus and gremolata. Big on piquant flavour and sublime food combinations - like bonemarrow and preserved-lemon bucatini - Burrata effortlessly pushes the boundaries of Italian fare without straying from the comfort zone. Try to leave space for the dolce pizza, topped with marmalade, ricotta, toasted walnuts and mascarpone.
Co-owner Neil Grant, one of South Africa’s top sommeliers, has created a five-star wine list with foreign and vintage wines by the glass, as well as a signature selection of renowned Italian varieties, prosecco and French wines.
Attentive and professional, never overbearing, with good advice on ingredients, signature dishes and food-and-wine pairings.
Cosy and intimate, Burrata is a smart neighbourhood joint for romantic dates, long lunches with friends, and feasts for food lovers.
The thin-crust pizzas are authentic and Neopolitan style, baked for 90 seconds in a state-of-the-art fire-engine red pizza oven that was handcrafted in Naples.
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