Ambience★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Service★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Food★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The beautiful new menu is loaded with tempting options. You might find yourself pointing to a photograph to order. Even if you’ve been to Col’Cacchio many times before, you will find something that appeals. Start with a vegetarian antipasti platter generously loaded with artichokes and zucchini ribbons in a delicious dressing of lemon, olive oil and black pepper. Enjoy along with a bowl of olives, Caprese salad, marinated peppers, and a mini focaccia, which you can tear up to soak up all the sauces.
This alone would make a satisfying lunch, but you might be compelled to look to the famous pizzas, whether you like a traditional topping of fresh basil and fior de latte or unorthodox jerk chicken with corn, caramelised onions and mint. Crusts are deliciously smoky, crisp and chewy in all the right ways. The pasta section is short but covers all the bases. The portion of Bolognese is enough for three meals, really, topped with real grated parmesan and garlic crumbs. Simple and delicious. A carb-conscious section and some great salads look after the more virtuous diner.
If you have room for dessert, try citrusy pancakes, Italian kisses, profiteroles, tiramisu or croissant bread-and-butter pudding.
Expect cocktails and mocktails in tall glasses with lots of ice and festive garnishes.
Not terribly sharp, but friendly enough.
Unfussy, with brown paper on the tables. Dim during the day, a little bright at night. At lunchtime it’s filled with suits from the business district this end of town.
If you don’t want pizza or pasta (perhaps you got lost?) then try a light meal like a wrap.
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This family-friendly Italian eatery is best known for its pizzas, but has so much more to offer than just that. The vast number of pizza combinations on the menu guarantees that there is a topping to suit every taste. And if you can't quite choose just one, the half-and-half option is just for you. Get any two pizzas at a combined cost of half the price of each full pizza. The salad offerings are also abundant in terms of choice, and range from classics such as Caesar and cobb to the Asian-inspired Wasa-bee salad that includes pickled red onion, radish, chicken, cashew nuts and wasabi-soy balsamic glaze. If the salads on offer don’t tickle your fancy, tailor-make your own using the fresh ingredients on offer.
Hearty family favourite pasta dishes such as Bolognese and lasagne feature on the menu. If you love a meaty pasta, try the manzo ragu, which is slow-cooked shredded beef short rib in red-wine sauce. Banting lovers will be delighted to find that there are a number of carb-free offerings on the menu too. Banting pasta dishes use zucchini noodles instead of regular wheat pasta and you can have your pizza base gluten- and wheat-free at a small additional cost. Kids are catered for with a Bambini selection in smaller portions.
The dessert menu offers, amongst others, Italian desserts such as tiramisu and panna cotta.
The drinks section offers quite an extensive local wine list as well as Italian wine varietals. The cocktail menu is filled with familiar classic cocktails and some signature non-alcoholic mocktails. There is an Italian beer available as a draught.
The members of staff are very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. They are readily available to explain the menu items and make suggestions.
Expect a lively, sometimes loud, atmosphere when you visit. The patrons vary, from families and young adults to corporate professionals and sports enthusiasts watching matches on the flat-screen TVs mounted on walls around the restaurant. The paper table overlays make it very child-friendly. The restaurant has an outside eating area for smokers in the back section too.
If you’re watching your waistline, try the low-calorie Pizza Foro, a range of healthier pizzas with a hole in the middle filled with a fresh salad.
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