Caffe Mario is open all day, every day, and turns out people-pleasing meals for bustling crowds. Family-owned, the restaurant specialises in authentic Italian dishes.
Start the day with gusto and have Mario's Breakfast, pretty much a fry-up with authentic Italian sausages, or Luigi's Breakfast of silky mushrooms, pesto, and melted mozzarella on toast. As you would expect, old-school Italian favourites dominate the menu. Pasta is al dente and pizzas have crispy crusts and wheat-free options. Pasta ranges from classics like Alfredo (Mario's version features ham and cream) to inspired combinations like Pasta Aurora with broccoli and gorgonzola. Full meals come with vegetables, and simple fish of the day grilled in olive oil or Filetto al pepe nero (Beef medallions in black pepper sauce) are good options. Tasty salads like Mediterranean with gorgonzola and rocket are finished with subtle Italian dressing and sized to share. The standout dessert is melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu.
Italian Prosecco is a nice go-with-everything selection if you like sparkly; otherwise, most choices are well known middling South African wines with mark-ups on the high side. De Krans port from Calizdorp is a lovely choice with dessert and Italian beers are perfect with pizza.
Brisk and efficient, the staff members keep their cool no matter how busy.
Consistently one of the liveliest venues in town, Caffe Mario is all about having a good time. In the summer, outside tables are at a premium, situated right next to the quays waterway. Chilly weather brings the focus inside the typical Italian café, where guests, bursting with good cheer, rub shoulders at intimate tables.
Best for families and groups looking for a happy, casual atmosphere and enough choices to please everyone.
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