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Il Leone Mastrantonio

Il Leone Mastrantonio
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Italian
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Critic's review

John Maytham

Food
You’ll get all the popular Italian classics at this vibey Green Point eatery, and generally well-prepared. They are renowned for their carpaccio di pesce made from whatever available fish is freshest. It’s very good, as is the Parma ham with spanspek which is served with an (over-)generous portion of rocket. A criticism, though, is the coarseness of the presentation – it doesn’t always match the quality of the food on the plate. A case in point is the panzotti – a very tasty pasta parcel with artichoke and risotto – swims rather unattractively in an excess of butter and sage sauce.

Another one of the specialties of the house is the linguine Portofino – perfectly cooked pasta smothered by a scrumptious mélange of prawns, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts in a chilli, garlic and white wine sauce. It all hangs together perfectly. There’s short and long pasta, open and closed; with all the traditional fillings.

There’s also no shortage of options for the non-pasta community. Fish of the day, chicken breast done various ways, and veal, lamb and beef done as you would expect. The grilled veal rack is legendary. For the gargantuan appetite, the 700g Costata alla Fiorentina awaits. Tiramisu provides a satisfactorily traditional end to the meal.

Wine
There is a decent selection of local and imported wines available. It would be interesting if there were a greater effort made in sourcing the increasing number of wines made locally from traditional Italian varieties. More wines by the glass would also be welcome.

Service
The waiters are generally well-trained and hospitable.

Ambience
It has an intimate feel despite an upstairs and downstairs sprawl. Tables are spaced sufficiently apart to allow easy conversation despite the convivial hubbub. The ‘for sale’ paintings on the wall add a bright touch.

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Use the opportunity to explore the world of grappa. There are some very good examples behind the bar.

(September 2016)

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  • Raphaella Frame-Tolmie

    Food
    Italian food the way it’s meant to be – simple, fresh and tasty – is what you’ll find at this popular Greenpoint spot. Those in the know will aim straight for the carpaccio di pesca (fish carpaccio), especially when tuna is available. It’s tissue paper thin, drizzled with good olive oil and scattered with capers and rocket. If it’s not on the list, the beef alternative is equally tasty. Other antipasti include bruschetta with different toppings, melanzane alla Parmigiana, and simply moreish mussels in white wine with garlic and tomato.
    Pastas are divided into ‘corta’ and ‘lunga’ (short and long) so you know which area to look in if you have a preference. Whichever you choose, they are served properly al dente with sauces so good you’ll want to lick the plate. Try the penne gamberetti – baby prawns in a creamy tomato-based sauce with garlic and chilli – or bucatini alla carbonara, which is rich, creamy and delicious. If you’re dining true Italian style, you also might want to order fish or meat, of which there is a fair selection, including classic dishes such as piccata di vitello (lemony veal escalopes).

    Drinks
    A good combination of local and Italian varietals make up the broad wine list, and if you find the imported wines a little on the pricey side, you’ll easily find something to suit your pocket and taste closer to home.

    Service
    You’ll receive professional attention. The waiters are all well-rehearsed in the specials of the day as well as anything that might not be available.

    Ambiance
    Simple interiors allow for a relaxed feel, and warm lighting creates an inviting atmosphere. There are no frills, but it’s sophisticated.

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    Many of the artworks that adorn the walls are for sale, so if you’re feeling flush after your meal, you can take home anything that catches your eye.

  • Raphaella Frame-Tolmie

    Unlike our Top 10 – which are selected by a panel of judges – the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries are voted for by Eat Out readers. To find the winners, we calculated the highest average ratings on Eat Out from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2015 – that’s a full year of reviews and star ratings. And Il Leone Mastrantonio in Green Point won the award for the best Italian eatery in Cape Town. Eat Out critic Raphaella Frame-Tolmie enjoyed a meal there to find out why Capetonians keep going back for more.

    Food
    Italian food the way it’s meant to be – simple, fresh and tasty – is what you’ll find at this popular Green Point spot. Those in the know will aim straight for the carpaccio di pesca (fish carpaccio), especially when tuna is available. It’s tissue-paper-thin, drizzled with good olive oil and scattered with capers and rocket. If it’s not on the list, the beef alternative is equally tasty. Other antipasti include bruschetta with different toppings, melanzane alla Parmigiana, and simply moreish mussels in white wine with garlic and tomato.

    Pastas are divided into “corta” and “lunga” (short and long. Whichever you choose, they are served properly al dente with sauces so good you’ll want to lick the plate. Try the penne gamberetti (baby prawns in a creamy tomato-based sauce with garlic and chilli) or bucatini alla carbonara, which is rich, creamy and delicious. If you’re dining true Italian style, you also might want to order fish or meat, of which there is a fair selection, including classic dishes such as piccata di vitello (lemony veal escalopes).

    Drinks
    A good combination of local and Italian varietals make up the extensive wine list, and if you find the imported wines a little on the pricey side, you’ll easily find something to suit your pocket and taste closer to home.

    Service
    You’ll receive professional attention. The waiters are all well rehearsed in the specials of the day as well as anything that might not be available.

    Ambience
    The simple interior allows for a relaxed feel, and warm lighting creates an inviting atmosphere. There are no frills, but it’s sophisticated.

    And…
    Many of the artworks that adorn the walls are for sale, so if you’re feeling flush after your meal you can take home anything that catches your eye.

  • Greg Landman

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    While most Italian restaurants worth their salt can serve excellent Parma ham and melon, it takes someone really special to make the most delicious carpaccio di manza possible, so thinly sliced you can see through it, scattered with the most expensive parmesan shards, a few fresh mushroom slices, and rocket – fabulous. It doesn’t hurt that the bread from their ovens is so delicious you have to stop yourself eating too much of it. The many pastas are crowned with the best gnocchi in town – light and fluffy little clouds of delight – either with a rich ragu, arrabiata or four cheese sauce. It's just superb, and so far away from what one can buy in your local grocer, it will be like a whole new experience.

    Fabulous risottos of porcini, seafood, and prawns lead you on to mains of flesh, fish, and fowl, including excellent saltimbocca with delicate veal slices topped with Parma ham and anointed with a rich sage and white wine sauce, and a classic grilled Florentine steak (700g wing rib) topped with herbs and garlic – a carnivore’s delight. The delicate and tangy pannacotta with berry sauce is just the thing to end a satisfying meal like this.

    Drinks
    They offer a spectacular list featuring some great Cape marques, 16 Italian reds, Krug champagne, Veneta grappa and even Bisquit cognac.

    Service
    Impeccable: you can’t see the wheels turning, but they are, very smoothly.

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    While the terrace is popular in summer, the main room and the one upstairs are elegantly casual, with plenty of light coming in from the sash windows, the tables set with crisp white napiery and comfortable wooden chairs, and art works, which are for sale, on the walls.

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    Take some time to walk through their small temperature-controlled cellar to select the wines to enjoy with your meal.

    (July 2014)

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    The art of good eating is the mantra of the Italian owners. The loyal regulars come to experience classic versions of all the old Italian favourites with authentic sauces and robust flavours. You can’t go wrong with favourites such as bruschetta, big bean broths, carpaccio, melanzane alla parmigiano and prosciutto, or share the lot on an antipasti platter. If you do make it through an almost A-Z of perfect pasta aldente – bucatini, gnocchi, linguine, penne, ravioli, spaghetti and tortellini – you can take your taste buds travelling from Florence to Milan with signature vitello dishes.

    Wine
    Take advantage of the walk-in wine cellar to browse among an excellent selection of local and Italian wines.

    Service
    Friendly, efficient staff assist you to make your way through an extensive menu.

    Ambience
    A convivial buzz of conversation fills this chic double-storey with warm wooden tables, chairs and floors. Seriously good Italian food and company.

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    Enjoy an Italian aperitif or digestif at the bar. (GH, October 2012)
  • Loved by fervent fans, this gem serves reasonably priced but top quality fare, including exceptional gnocchi; tuna carpaccio with caper pesto; linguine with chilli-spiked prawns; and the much-loved seasonal porcini tagliatelle. (Eat Out magazine 2014)

User reviews

  • After hearing great things we decided to try Il Leone for my birthday dinner. We booked a table quite early, but when we arrived at 18.30 they were hardly ready for us. We were seated in the upstairs area, where it was freezing cold, and right smack bang next to a 12 seater table. Luckily we arrived and managed to order before the big table arrived, because after that, our waiter lost all interest in us. I was not offered another glass of wine after my first and couldn't even get his attention for long enough to ask. The starters were delicious. After being told my original choice in starter was not available, I had a chicken broth with chicken tortellini. It wasn't much to look at, but was packed with so much flavour. My boyfriend had the carpacio and said it was good too. It took forever for our plates to be cleared, again we were not offered more wine. By this stage the big table next to us was so loud and rowdy we could hardly hold a conversation. We both chose to eat one of the dishes recommend by our waiter, A tomato based Penne, with prawns, chilli and cream. It definetely didn't live up to our expectations. It hardly tasted like tomato, mostly cream, there was definitely NO chilli, and the prawns tasted as if they had had better days. Needless to say neither of us finished our food, and our waiter didn't bother asking if we enjoyed our meal. After about 20 minutes of sitting around with an empty table, plates cleared, no dessert menu and no drinks, I eventually got up to find our waiter and ask for the bill. I will not be returning and I won't be recommending it to anyone.
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  • I had a lovely dinner here a couple of weeks ago for my birthday. Prior to the evening, Claudia was great to liaise with over email to book our large table and even accommodated my request to swap one main meal on our set menu before the evening. The service was pretty good given our large table size, and the food was all served at a good pace (helped having the set menu I'm sure). The starters were all shared, and were a selection of light and fresh options. For mains, the ragu was as delicious as I'd remembered from my last visit, and everyone else at the table enjoyed their mains also (fillet, fish and ravioli). The only disappointing element of the evening was the dessert - an average tiramisu with slices of fruit displayed without much care on the side of the plate. It felt cheap, especially after such lovely starters and mains. Nonetheless, I'll be back again for that ragu.
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  • Excellent service and creative delicious food with a beautiful italian vibe. Highly recommended :)
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  • Perhaps I was simply expecting too much, but then again can one expect too much from a restaurant rated the number One Italian restaurant in Cape Town? I was pleased with the ambiance and the service but left very underwhelmed by the food and felt a sense of regret when swiping my card. For starters my Wife and I shared the Italian meat selection. The quality of the cured meat was good but there was just something missing from the dish... I am not sure what. For mains I had the Tagliata and my Wife had the Lamb Chops. The Sirloin and the Chops were tasty and cooked as ordered, however that was that... both meals were serve with potatoes and veg. The same potatoes and veg served on EVERY main dish. As I said above perhaps I was expecting a bit too much, but I was expecting each dish to have its own character and be individual. Absolutely no boundaries are being pushed, basically what was on offer was Meat, potato and veg. We both had crème brulee... This was soft runny custard topped with a crisp brulee. Although I am the first to enjoy a sneaky bowl of ultra-mel at home I do not expect or enjoy being served its equivalent disguised as a Crème brulee at a "top" Italian restaurant. This restaurant as a lot of potential but currently the food is lazy.
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  • Have waited four days since our very disappointing evening at Il Leone for Daniel, the Owner, to contact us when we complained in an e-mail. We have always told friends that of all the Italian Restaurants in Cape Town, this rates as one of the best. We, regrettably, took friends with us on Thursday 20 August for dinner, after boasting how great it is at Il Leone! No polpette's ( they didn't get veal mince, why didn't the Chef send someone to buy some? ) so settled for very average bruschetta and asked the Waitron and Manager if anything else was out of stock - the reply was no. Imagine our disappointment, when ordering main course of Osso Bucco, only to be told - so sorry none left!! So..... we ordered the next best thing ( which is normally fabulous ) the Ragu. Well, it arrived as a mound of tagliatelle with a little bit of meat sauce! To make matters worse, the young lady "Manager" thought we were just being unreasonable! The bill arrived and it was almost illegible with the printing so faint. In conclusion, there are so many great Italian Restaurants in Cape Town, those will be our recommendations in future and definitely not Il Leone.
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  • One of my all-time favourites. Il Leone never disappoints. I had the Panzotti - pasta pockets stuffed with artichoke and ricotta.
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  • Wonderful dinner last night. Fantastic food, great service and wonderful atmosphere. We will definitely be back soon.
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  • Since years one of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town. Rromantic and classy atmosphere, high standerd food!. Together with Savoy Cabbage in the Hout steet one of the two best restaurants in Cape Town!!
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  • My first time there and I loved it. Will be back!!!!
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  • Our Tuesday date night began quite by surprise when out of the blue, a friend offered to babysit for the evening. Almost instinctively, I immediately made a booking at Il Leone, one of our favourite Italian feel-good food restaurants in Cape Town. Warmly greeted by the manager, we were guided to our table-for-two amidst the convivial hustle and bustle. Looking for a quick meal over a good glass of wine, we ordered a glass of Porcupine Ridge Shiraz and Babylonstoren Mourvedre Rose. I was a little under-whelmed by the shiraz: there are a number of more interesting shiraz available at similar price.

    Keen for some comfort food, I ordered the bean and pasta soup (Pasta e Fagioli), which was a rich yet subtle tomato and bitter herb experience. Perfect. I then ordered the artichoke and ricotta filled parcels (Panzotti), while my wife ordered the grilled calamari (Grigliati) served with vegetables and mash potato. The three large parcels were bathed in plenty of olive oil with blackened sage leaves. The flavours were subtle and distinct, simple and fresh. It reminded me of food I’d eaten in Milan. The calamari was tender and tasty. Il Leone delivers an authentic, vibrant, heart-warming experience, one which will certainly keep us coming back for more.
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  • After going there once, it is now one of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town. Perfect combination of a romantic yet classy atmosphere, paired with tasty and delicious food! Highly recommend the starter grilled calamari and the Penne Gamberetti for main. Enjoy!
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  • Certainly by far my favourite restaurant in Cape Town.

    Right from the time you walk in, the service is incredible with very well spoken and well informed waitrons.

    The ambiance is incredible, whether you go there on a beautiful summers day or rainy Cape Town winters day. Always feel right at home.

    The meals are incredible, right from the salads to the mains, with flavours and tastes I can find at no other restuarant in Cape Town... favourite meal, the prawn pasta with pine nuts. I am truly addicted! <3

    I would give this restaurant 5 stars all round.

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  • Utterly delicious menu, fresh, fresh ingredients and excellent service. Gorgeous ambience and decor. Great variety of choices on the menu. A place to return to time and time again!
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  • Proffessional service. Delicious food. Perfect setting and they gave us free booze...two thumbs up!

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  • Great food and service but we left sooner than we would have liked because of truly awful loud mouthed guests at the next table which rather spoiled our evening.

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  • One of the best Italian restaurants in Cape Town. Il Leone has grown on me. Better and better every time I go. And the friendliness and welcoming atmosphere is such a treat. They always make an effort to find a table - as we are very bad at making early reservations... Food is truly Italian, honest, delicious and comforting. Love the caprese variations, brinjal starter and all the pastas - especially the pork sausage one. Saltimbocca is excellent and the veal. Wine recommendations are really good if you can't make up your mind. Busy and fun mix of guests.

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  • Artichoke salad was divine, as was the grilled kingklip and the seafood pasta. The vegetables didn't look all that fresh, otherwise food would have been given a 5 star. Our server was polite enough but unimpressive with regards to service. Will go there again!

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  • No matter how good a restaurant is, one bad experience is one too bad. We had no problem ordering the usual sea-food pasta and I wanted the fillet special. We were told due to meat prices blah blah blah it was not on the menu. The waiter suggested the veal, which I accepted. I asked what was it served with, and was told vegetables and porcini mushrooms.

    The veal was tough and not a match for the fillet, but that was my choice, a bad one at that, and not the issue.

    When it came to the bill, I was charged R45,00 for the "extra porcini", which, firstly was not extra, and secondly was not explained as being an extra charge.

    To pay R203.00 for veal, with porcini, is over the top.

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  • Just got back from a fabulous meal at Il Leone. Great service, very yummy food, fun vibe. A very agreeable way to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary! Delicious calamari and egg plant starters, and finger-licking good prawn pasta. Faultless and highly recommended.

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  • Great food from starters to mains! Shared the fior de latte salad (special for the evening), calamari, and melazane di parmigiano - all were delicious! And my favourite -Penne Gamberetti - did not let me down!

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  • My wife and I had a great evening at Il Leone on Friday. The food was awesome. My wife had ragu with gnocchi and I had the creamy tomato prawn pasta. The profiteroles are awesome - a must!

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  • We went on a Friday night as a couple after reading the reviews. The building is a nice old house near the foundry and has a warm, simple, elegance. Unfortunately the food was a let down. There was no mussels or porcini which does take out a big part of the menu.

    We ordered the calamari and carpaccio as starters. Both were pretty average with the calamari quite oily and the carpaccio super bland, especially the parmesan which was tastless.

    For mains we both ordered the Ragu / Gnocchi, not a big portion but the Gnocchi itself was awesome. Light, fluffy and really good. Unfortunately this was let down badly with the ragu being so salty is was nearly inedible so as a result it couldn't be finished.

    All in all expensive for what you get and what we got wasn't great - though could be if the chef revisited and tested the menu. Good wine list (great selection of pinot), wish they had Beirre Moretti. Service was friendly. R600 for 2 courses, wine and water.

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  • My family and I went to dinner last night and although we arrived early, the restaurant soon filled up. We ordered the Pasta Gamberretti and 2 different risottos and it was all absolutely excellent. I couldn't finish my meal (as the portions are very generous) and felt no shame in requesting the remaining meal to go. I was not wasting such delicious food!

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  • A fantastic dining experience.

    A warm greeting from the manager when entering the restaurant, a waiter who knew his menu and was confident enough to make relevant recommendations without trying to sound clever.

    The food was great value for money. We would have gladly paid double the bill for the experience we were provided with.

    We visited the restaurant on 8 July 2011. I would like to thank the manager and entire service team for an unforgettable experience. Needless to say we will be back and bringing friends, family and whoever else we can find!

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  • Fantastic place. Always on top, both on food and service. Together wikth 95 Keerom its one of my favourite restaurants!
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  • Had dinner at Il Leones on Saturday evening and what a great evening it was! We have been at this restaurant for the Italian food 8 times already, with everytime meeting our expectations. Saturday was special, as this was my Wifes Birthday, and it turned out to be a fab evening once again! Thank you to Daniel and his Team for ALWAYS looking after usand ensuring a great time! Special Thank You to Hanlie, our waitress for being so down to earth and being so good in what you do! As always, we will be back for more!!!!!!
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  • I cannot believe that its taken me so long to visit this gem of a restaurant. Housed in a beautifully restored building, the Il Leone has plenty of warmth and character. The food is classic and an Italian cuisine lovers delight. Highly recommended!
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  • Fantastic! The real ITALIAN restaurant in Cape Town and guys, I am ITALIAN so i know what I am talking about. All the food is fresh and no extra useless dressings or creamy stuff on top. Just plain perfectly cooked italian food. I couldnt believe the chef is Israeli!! A MUST GO
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  • The food is usually pretty good but I seemed to catch them on an off night. The linefish (Cob) I had was overdone and tasteless. The waitress wasnt around when the food arrived so we had to play the who is the veal game. Still, most of us loved the food and the ambiance.

    Unfortunately, Il Leone is one of those restaurants that refuses to supply water in jugs. Glasses only, and the waitress never keeps them full. What is it about SA restaurants and bottled water? Next time, Im bringing my own jug!
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  • Lets not get carried away. If you dare pitch up without a reservation, you might get seated facing a wall. Then, ordering the special - a prawn pasta - you realise how special you are when there are 4 prawns in a R120 dish.
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  • A fabulous experience every time we are there, food is always amazing, ambiance always a winner, service never fails and the restaurant is superbly consistent in food and friendliness. My favourite!
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  • Just had an awesome meal at Il Leone! Calamari was the best I've had anywhere, ever. Great service, fabulous salad, excellent calamari, wonderful veg, superb vibe. I'll be back, for sure. Also great to have a really good restaurant open on a Sunday night in the inner city.

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  • Outstanding night out, we really enjoyed everything about Il Leone Mastrantonio. Our waitress was friendly, helpful and professional. The food was exquisite (freshest cozze provincial and porcini mushrooms I have ever had) and the atmosphere was warm and friendly. 5 stars all around for me.
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  • I had a great meal at Il Leone. Lovely fresh ingredients. Its so refreshing to have good pasta. Loved it!
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  • When we couldnt get into Bizerca for a birthday dinner with friends, I decided to try Il Leone, knowing that Italian is always a safe choice. We had a fantastic evening! The wine was pricey, but both the red and white we chose were perfect for the meal and the company. The porcini mushrooms were heavenly, both on their own as a starter, and as part of the grilled chicken breast special. The prawn linguine was possibly the best pasta dish Ive tasted (next to Uitsigs Linguine Nino). We found the desserts a bit wanting, but that took nothing away from the rest of the evening. Our waitress was friendly and super-efficient, unobtrusive and didnt interfere with the conversation or the table. Great spot, well definitely be back, and as a tour guide, Ill definitely confidently recommend it.
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  • Greeted by the chef and very friendly team was almost like being welcomed into my own home!We were a group of 6 and sat at a great table upstairs. Excellent ambiance and without a doubt the best service Ive had in a Cape Town Restaurant.The Food was fantastic and the chef himself came to our table and others - twice!! We all had pasta so we started with Springfield Wild Yeast Chardonnay 06 as an aperitif - followed by Springfield Work Of Time 03 with the main course. The head chef Daniel, came to our table again after our meals with a little Limoncillo for everyone. What a great experience! I highly recommend it to anyone looking for the best pasta, wine and service in town.
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  • Exactly the type of neighbourhood Italian you want to have close to home (save the neighbourhood itself). Pasta is simply fabulous. My wife chose daily scampi linguine, my daughter meat ragout (should be with bucatini, but she wanted thinner pasta and with spaghetti was also tasty) and I have opted for scampi risotto. Portions are generous, but such things you can eat without end (seriously it was enough to have small doggy bag for our daughter for the next lunch).For desert we had enjoyable creme catalan with true ristretto.Place is packed with people who know their food, service attentive, even if because of the crowd not always extremely speedy. On the other hand this is not the place to rush.The only disappointment was their melanzane parmigiana, which was simply tasteless if you discount too stringy tomato sauce. Otherwise perfect - ideal place for family dinner.
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  • I lived in Cape Town for 18 years before returning to live in the UK. Having eaten out in Cape Town probably 4 or 5 times a week in that time, I have tried just about every half decent restaurant over the years. My last meal before returning to the UK was at Il Leone, having been there many times. I asked to see the chef who had cooked my meal and a rather worried looking head chef approached me expecting a problem only for me to tell him that it was the best fillet steak of my life and on my last night in Cape Town as a SA resident.Superb food, attentive service, a lovely atmosphere - I cannot fault Il Leone at all.My family and I shall be visiting Cape Town on holiday in January 2010 and well be pre-booking Il Leone before we even leave the UK.
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  • Stunning pasta. Had the home-made panzerotti with a tomato sugo and peas. It sounds odd but it is divine, have had it before.Not sure about almost always making us wait in the drinks area to be seated, even when on time for a booking... is it a way to sell some more G&Ts? First few times were fine... then it became a little annoying! Service otherwise is excellent.
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  • I went to Il Leone for the 1st time a few weeks ago and I was totally impressed with the food and the value, this is the best Italian I had in Cape Town!
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  • Fantastic Italian food.
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  • A great evening was completely ruined by shocking service and attitude by a cocky, rude replacement waiter who took over from our waitress who left early due to illness.

    He was very pushy to the extent that he had the audacity to say he would like us to leave as we were the last customers upstairs and his shift was over. This was approximately 11,30 pm.

    I told him Id never had such bad service from a waiter in my life and he apologised, but did not change his attitude. He hurried us through our coffee so we decided to pay the bill and leave. As soon as the bill was paid he then commented that we were free to stay as long as we liked.

    Your restaurant was highly recommended and we enjoyed the awesome ambiance, great food and an exceptional greeting on arrival.

    But sadly, your waiter has left a very bitter taste. No restaurant can afford to have staff with this attitude
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  • We had a great evening at il Leone in Green Point on Friday. The service was outstanding, from the hostess when we arrived with no reservation, from the bartender while we waited for our table to be set, from the efficient and friendly waitress, and even from the chef/owner who stopped for a chat. Even though it was probably apparent that the 2 of us were not going to be a big bill, we were never overlooked. The special green salad and pastas moskovita and arrabiata were simple but excellent and sized just right. If this is consistent Il Leone will definitely become our local.
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  • The food was above average, especially the homemade gnocchi ai funghi, recommended by the chef; the ambience was fitting for Sunday lunch. The only disappointment was that no-one spoke Italian in this trattoria-like restaurant, except the Congolese waiter who pronounced the Italian food terms perfectly! Nevertheless, Ill be going again - to try the saffron risotto!
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  • Once again a fantastic dinner at Il Leone. This place can do no wrong with friendly relaxed service and fantastic classic Italian food. Do yourselves a favour and have the porcini mushroom starter, with a special of crayfish pasta as mains, absolutely delicious. When having the chocolate crepes find someone to share with or try the best Tiramisu ever with a white chocolate Grappa to end. SUBLIME!!!
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  • An unassuming venue from the outside, the magic lies within! Pretty much packed for a Friday lunch, Il Leone delivered relaxed and friendly service. An exquisite Tomato soup that had one diner request an additional serving as a takeaway and a Veal Saltimbocca to die for - a perfect place for a Sunday lunch - see you soon! I loved it...
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  • The restaurant is very pleasant with a very simple and uncluttered layout. It doesnt absorb sound very well and maybe it we just went on a loud night but all the patrons seemed to have talk louder to be heard over the other loud patrons.The food selection on menu is fantastic and prices are reasonable, alhtough the R55 for one flattened king prawn made me think otherwise.To be fair, none of us at our table of 6 didnt eat the pasta (which is ironic seeing we were at an Italian resturant). The starters were very good and so were the deserts.For the main course we all ordered from the Meat section. All the fillets were cooked to perfection, but absoluately tasteless and bland. We also noticed that printed on every page in bold lettering was the clause Tables with 6 or more will be charged a service fee . Now, one would think that with a bold reminder like that it would automatically be added to the bill. When the bill came we took it for granted that this had happened and simply glanced at the total and divided it by 6.The manageress (who had been VERY glum the entire night, to the point that we commented why she seemed so down), then returned the bill to say we hadnt paid tip.We are frequent diners and are always VERY generous with our tipping, going beyond the usual 10%. 15 - 20% is the norm. On this particular everning, we paid our compulsory 10% with huge dissapointment.Can I recommend this resturant?... ummmm, yes. Just dont order the steaks or get on the wrong side of the manageres. Howerver, if you want a quiet romantic dining experience... not the place.
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  • Il Leone came strongly recommended, and one can see why. The design is bright and fresh and restaurant staff are friendly and attractive. Unfortunately, on the night we went (mid-week), the comment good for groups had been taken to heart, and it was all rather raucous with slowish service. The food was also rather average with over-cooked sauces. The lack of air-con probably didnt help.
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  • A fabulous new find, couldnt fault anything. Service very attentive and professional but not a nuisance factor, good selection of wines, food very good. Very good value for money
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  • Went with a group - fantastic decor, nice ambiance. All the dishes were extremely good except mine - the pasta vongole - avoid this one! The bonus of this one not being good is that I got to try all the other dishes everyone else ordered and they were all wonderful.
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  • Fantastic setting, service and good qualit food. Well priced.Highly recommended
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Dress code
  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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