You won’t find Hawaiian pizzas on this one-page menu. Instead it’s sensibly divided into Rosso (with tomato and home-made mozzarella) and Bianco (without tomato) sections. The Rosso Holtini features thick round slices of coppa, brown mushrooms and parsley and a doppio zero 00 dough base allowed to rise for two days before being baked to perfection. The Juliani from the Bianco section is plump with crisp courgettes, juicy mushrooms and fresh rocket. Side bowls of chopped chilli and garlic and mini bottles of balsamic vinegar and olive oil allow you to tailor to your taste. The pizzas come in only one size – generous.
But, if space allows, order one of three quintessential Italian desserts: tiramisu, vanilla bean panna cotta or affogato (a homemade ice cream with a shot of expresso).
Chill with a trendy Aperol aperitif, artisanal G&T or beer. Or choose from among a glass or bottle of one of nine local wines ranging from reasonable to pricey. Given the emphasis on authentic Italian, there’s also prosecco and non-alcoholic San Pellegrino. Round it off with a shot glass of limoncello as a digestif.
Pleasant and welcoming, though you may have to wait a while for your order.
Counters and high stools at the windows and out on the pavement under umbrellas augment the ten tables for two inside. Décor is minimalist industrial – stark black and white. Expect to find plenty of carefully groomed beards, young arty types and fashionistas. And, occasionally, a pavement-parked Vespa.
Take-aways, waiting out peak hour traffic or a delicious start or end to your Keyes Art Mile Saturday outing.
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Small menus mean that you know that the chef has focused on perfecting every single dish. You also don’t waste time deliberating on what to eat.
There are all of eight pizza toppings to choose from – and two are pizza Bianca, which means no tomato base. Striking the perfect balance between a thick and thin crust, the Cedare and the Leviso are simply delicious. The Cedare comes with spicy salami, kalamata olives, roasted garlic and blue cheese; while the Leviso is topped with white anchovies, capers and fresh basil.
The beauty of these pizzas is the restraint of toppings. Splitting two pizzas and a salad is a good idea for a couple. There are three options on the menu – the House salad with burrata, prosciutto, artichokes, and rocket; the well-known Caprese; and the Celery salad, which is made with celery, lemon, parmesan, parsley, red onion and anchovies. And, just in case you’re not in the mood for pizza, there are also meat and fish options (slow-cooked beef short rib or Cape salmon).
Dessert is a choice between tiramisu, panna cotta or affogato (vanilla ice cream with a shot of espresso) rounds off the meal quite satisfactorily.
The minimalist approach extends to their wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. But don’t fear – you’ll definitely find a good sauvignon blanc, chenin, red or Prosecco available by the bottle or glass.
Efficient and relaxed service, with communication from the waiter only happening when necessary, makes this a go-to neighbourhood lunch or dinner choice if you’re in the Parks area.
With a few window seats available, it’s perfect for the lone customer working through lunch or enjoying a quiet drink while watching passersby. The restaurant does not need more than the simplicity offered – there are just a few square tables and utilitarian-style but rather comfortable chairs.
Try the Aperol Spritz, Americano or Inverroche and tonic as one of the three perfect aperitifs to whet your appetite. There’s also secure parking behind the restaurant and, if you’re up for a little nightcap and dance, head to Sin + Tax after your meal.
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