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Casalinga Ristorante Italiano

Casalinga Ristorante Italiano
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Italian, Light meals
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R120

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

It is no wonder this restaurant sits packed day in and day out. They understand and live up to all the core essentials of a superbly run restaurant. From the moment one enters, right to the time you leave, it feels like you are in a well-rehearsed play, where all the cast members have been doing the same role for a long time, so that it almost becomes second nature. A truly magnificent experience!

Food
The menu is small and compact, but with many daily specials recited by the waiting staff, and might include minestrone, Zuppa de pesce, fillet on the bone, oxtail with polenta, vegan lentil soup, deboned whole trout with almonds baked in the oven, and prawns with risotto. On Sundays they have a special set menu that includes lamb shanks, pork belly and many others. There is also a delightfully old-fashioned dessert station featuring a beautiful pavlova, crème brulée, lemon meringue pie, baked cheesecake, dark and white tiramisu and delicious floating islands. The pizza oven is only there for slow roasts and perhaps a kiddies pizza.

Drinks
The wine list features a number of Italian wines, as one would expect; Fontana Candida Frascati Superior or Elite from Lazio are some examples, and for those who are slightly more patriotic, some South African-produced Italian cultivars such as Anura LB Sangiovese nicely bridges the gap. Of course, the wine list also features a comprehensive range of Champagnes, Proseccos and MMCs, and an excellent selection of South African wines.

Service
From the moment one arrives to the last bite, the service is attentive and professional without being obsequious or intrusive. Small touches, such as the maître d who keeps an eye on all tables to see when menus have been put down before coming to take orders, speak of careful attention to detail.

Ambience
The interior is old fashioned in a smart elegant way – big bunches of flowers and berries around, with even a lemon on a branch here and there amongst the arrangements, quality linen, solid cutlery and all-round professionalism makes for a seriously memorable experience. There is also the Casalinga Green Bean Coffee Roastery and a small home-made chocolate stand at the entrance. This is a favourite place for events and celebrations, and there might (as on the day of our visit) even be a small wedding reception taking place. There will certainly be various birthday tables or other celebratory gatherings. Casalinga also hosts an annual Olive & Groves festival celebrating home-made produce, various musical events in winter and another fiesta in September.

Best for...
Superb Italian food and hospitality.

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Hennie Fisher

    Food
    It’s no wonder Casalinga is packed day in and day out. They understand and live up to all the core essentials of a superbly run restaurant. It feels like you’re in a well-rehearsed play, where the cast has been doing the same role for a long time, so it’s almost become second nature. A truly magnificent experience!
    The menu is small and compact, but has many daily specials recited by the waiting staff. It might include minestrone, zuppa de pesce, fillet on the bone, oxtail with polenta, vegan lentil soup, deboned whole trout with almonds baked in the oven, or prawns with risotto. A special set menu on Sundays includes lamb shanks, pork belly and many others. There’s also a delightfully old-fashioned dessert station featuring a beautiful pavlova, crème brûlée, lemon meringue pie, baked cheesecake, dark and white tiramisu and delicious floating islands. The pizza oven is there only for slow roasts and perhaps a kiddie’s pizza. There is also the Casalinga Green Bean Coffee Roastery and a small home-made chocolate stand at the entrance. Casalinga also hosts an annual Olive & Groves festival celebrating home-made produce, various musical events in winter and another fiesta in September.

    Drinks
    The wine list features a number of Italian wines, as you would expect: Fontana Candida Frascati Superior or Elite from Lazio are some examples. If you’re slightly more patriotic, some South African-produced Italian cultivars such as Anura LB Sangiovese nicely bridge the gap. There’s also a comprehensive range of Champagnes, proseccos and MCCs, and an excellent selection of South African wines.

    Service
    From the moment you arrive to the last bite, the service is attentive and professional without being obsequious or intrusive. Small touches, such as the maître d’ who keeps an eye on all tables to see when menus have been put down, before coming to take orders, speak of careful attention to detail.

    Ambience
    The interior is old fashioned in a smart elegant way – big bunches of flowers and berries, quality linen, solid cutlery and all-round professionalism makes for a seriously memorable experience.

    Best for...
    Superb Italian food and hospitality. This is a favourite place for events and celebrations, and there’ll certainly be various birthday tables or other celebratory gatherings.

    (2018)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy.  

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  • Mokgadi Itsweng

    Food
    Set on a farm, the award-winning Casalinga has been on the Joburg food scene for years now. The drive out to Muldersdrift on a Saturday is a welcome break from city life and traffic.

    The food at Casalinga is simple and flavoursome, with most of the vegetables and herbs having grown on the farm. The menu is seasonal, to accommodate what’s fresh and available, and to keep it interesting and flavoursome. For starters, try the tradizionale carpaccio – thinly sliced raw beef topped with marinated mushrooms, parmesan shavings, drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil. The baked artichoke hearts, cooked in a cream, white wine and parmesan sauce will also tantalise your tastebuds and excite your palate.

    For mains, try the arrosto di pancetta di maiale – slow-roasted pork belly cooked with sherry, herbs and sultanas, and served with garlic mash, is simple and delicious. Also try the summer platter for two, with line fish, lamb loin, chicken parmiggiano, seasonal vegetables and two glasses of Gluhwein.

    The large dessert selection changes weekly, with favourites like tiramisu, pavlova and crème brulee always making an appearance.

    Drinks
    Casalinga has an extensive wine selection, with the wine cellar forming part of the restaurant’s charm. The cellar has great Italian wines like sangiovese and pinot grigio from both local and international producers, with most available by the glass.

    Service
    The maitre’d is welcoming, friendly and helpful. The waitstaff knows and understands the menu very well and can make good recommendations. The service on the weekend can be slow for such a busy restaurant.

    Ambience
    Casalinga’s dining experience is about sharing life’s important events with the people we love. The ambience is welcoming; a traditional Italian farmhouse with beautiful solid dark wood tables and chairs. The table setting is classic and formal with white starched napkins and tablecloths and fresh flowers on the tables. The main dining room opens out to the piazza, which can accommodate a large group for a wedding. The rest of the restaurant is on the terrace overlooking the garden, the lounge, the cellar and a private dining room for smaller groups.

    And…
    A scenic helicopter ride over Hartbeespoort Dam or via Johannesburg’s CBD, with a lunch stopover at Casalinga, is available as part of the dining experience.

    (October 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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