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Col’Cacchio (Cape Town)

Col’Cacchio (Cape Town)
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Health food, Italian, Pizzas
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Zola Nene

Food
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.

Drinks
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.

Service
The members of staff are very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. They are readily available to explain the menu items and make suggestions.

Ambience
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.

And…
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.

(September 2016)

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  • A huge selection of pizzas on thin bases has kept this flagship branch of the franchise at the top of its game for more than two decades. Timeless favourites are complemented with new combos, some health-conscious salads and mocktails. Great for mid-week lunch.
  • Food
    With a choice of 24 salads, 46 pizzas and 19 pastas, if you can’t find something to eat here it’s because you’re not hungry. Salads include gems like the Barbitiola with roast beetroot, avo and red onions; and the Fabrizio with tuna, feta and cherry tomatoes. Among the pizzas are things like the Green Genie with roast garlic, butternut, and shiitake mushrooms; and the fabulous Greco with seven-hour lamb stew, pickled red onions, tzatziki and mint sauce. Finish with white chocolate cheesecake, which is superbly decadent.

    Wine
    A good list with something for most tastes, except perhaps the very fastidious.

    Service
    Friendly and professional.

    Ambience
    This is the original branch of this very popular chain, still going strong after all these years. It’s nice and buzzy most days. Sitting outside is a pleasure when the weather is good.

    And...
    They also have wheat-free pizzas. (GL, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Most delicious thin based pizzas!! I was extremely impressed that they were not shy with their toppings. Lovely and friendly staff.
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  • Absolutely awesome pizza's, great vibes and the best service. As you walk in you enjoy what you are seeing and know that you are going to get the best service, as well as food. We had such an awesome time and will definitely return as we did not want to leave.
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  • I had a Cavolo salad at the restaurant the other day. I loved my experience there. The waiters are friendly and welcoming, the vibe is tangible and the food, as proven by my meal, is deliscious. Big ups Col'Cacchio
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  • I absolutely love Col'Cacchio! From their food, to their vibe, I just can't get enough. I recently had a pizza that was oozing cheese and excellence. Best pizza in the world!
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  • Absolutely best pizza in the WORLD! Have had pizza in France and America and Col 'Cacchio is by FAR the best!!
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  • I recently visited Col'Cacchio in Cape Town. I had forgotten why I had not been for so long... Their pizzas are good, amongst the best in CT, but I could not get out of there fast enough, an hour later. I was totally exhausted! The noise is unbearable! Noise from the kitchen, patrons' voices, traffic noise... Too much!
    Guys, you have to do something about that! Sounds echo and bounce off your too high ceilings and too bare walls! After a stressful day, you want to relax... even in a pizzeria. BAD!

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  • Always great atmosphere, vibey and the place to go for a good Italian meal during lunch or after work.
    Their bacon/pea/mint pasta is awesome and well, do we need to say more about their pizzas? (Love 'em.)

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  • Whether it’s once a month or once a week, (sometimes more) Col’Cacchio’s is one of those places that you crave often. And, once the craving hits, you have to get it, no matter what. The cheese, the smells, the toppings, and the creativity, is what makes this classic Italian place a Cape Town staple, keeping the locals coming back for more and more.

    The restaurant itself is worth a sit down, it’s loud and busy all the time; this place has good food, really good food.

    The waiters are friendly and patient as they wait for their customers to sift through the dense menu. If you can’t decide, roll the dice and ask for their favourite recommendation, be adventurous and trusting, they know what they are talking about.

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  • Ive been going regularly since 1993, I believe theyre the best in the business!
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  • More than a year ago I ordered take-aways, and was made to wait  30 minutes on arrival. So today I gave Colcaccio another try, asking how long it will take, and am told 15 minutes. Arrived, and 30 minutes later I tell the manager I am leaving. I then speak to the OWNER (who took the order) and her excuse is that you became busy, and that she has been 18 years in the business.

    Obviously the customer doesn't come first here.

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  • From the minute we walked in at the Big Bay restaurant the service was poor, a young arrogant waiter spoilt our evening. Beer was warm, pizza was cold, waited exceptionally long for our order, manager was not helpful could not address my unhappiness. After contacting the franchise head office they did not even come back as promised. Poor service from them as well. Will not eat with them ever again and will tell everyone I know.
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  • My boyfriend and I went to ColCacchio for the first time on Saturday. The service was great, the vibe was good, management was tops...BUT, the food was absolutely horrible and tasteless. Neither of us finished our meals. On our way home, my boyfriend complained of feeling a bit sick, and by the time we got home, he threw up twice. We ate the same things for the day, but I did not have any of his meal- so it must have been something he ate there. Besides that, I found the menu very limiting.Thanks for the awesome service, however; you wont see me anytime soon!
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  • Great service, great food. Will definitely go back for more.
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  • Situated in a stunning double volume building on Cape Towns Foreshore, ColCacchio is one of those restaurants that just gets it right – from the vibe, to the service and, of the course the food. Being a salad junkie I would normally head for that section of the menu (which is substantial and offers a really interesting variety), but last night I opted for a pizza. Three pages jam-packed with different options made for much to-ing and fro-ing (someone in the kitchen is having enormous fun putting together the different topping combinations!). But, such is ColCacchio that besides the exhaustive list of options, I was also able to design my own pizza – with the option of a wheat-free base (yes, wheat-free can, as in this case, be as thin, as crisp and as tasty as the regular version). The rest of our party of six had either pizza or pasta (on this list, too, there are many fascinating variations to choose from). At the end of the feast there were only crumbs left. All raved about the food but secretly I knew my wheat-free pizza with feta, sundried tomato, avo and fresh rocket (no mozzarella) was the best. It was light, crisp and fresh. I cant vouch for the others choices as I wasnt going to trade even one of my slices! I did ask and got lots of enthusiastic nods and hmmms... Oh, and the service was great, too. Our waiter was professionally inconspicuous, appearing at the exact moment we needed him and obviously getting our orders perfectly executed. ColCacchio has managed to turn a double volume space into a vibey, lively area that attracts families, friends and lovers alike. It feels like home.
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  • I totally love it there. I get excited, to go there. The service is great. The vibe is unique. And most of all Im never unhappy with my choice. The food i fantastic and tasty!Keep up the great and yummy work!
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  • Very good pizzas with generous toppings of avo! Pizzas do come out rather cold, though, so we had to send ours back a few times! Weve been twice already with the same cold food! Otherwise a pleasant dining experience.
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Menu

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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