Ambience★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Service★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Food★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Start off the Italian way with a variety of antipasti. Both the ‘olive ripene fritte’ - crumbed plump olives stuffed with ricotta cheese, as well as the ‘testi di calamari’ – crispy deep-fried calamari legs, are deliciously good. Other options include snails baked with garlic butter in the wood fire oven, smothered with mozzarella, or the ‘zuppa di cozze’ – mussels simmered in white wine, garlic and tomato. Another highlight is the ‘melanzane parmigiana’ – although this dish contains no meat, the layered baked brinjals could easily satiate any carnivore, with lashings of parmesan, napoletana sauce and mozzarella making this a rich feast of a dish (it’s also available as a main course).
A mozzarella Caprese salad comes as creamy slices of fior di latte mozzarella cheese and tomato, drizzled with olive oil and capers – simple and sublime. With the wood fire oven blazing, it’s hard to resist one of their pizzas: try the ‘quattro stagioni’, topped with mozzarella, tomato, ham, mushrooms, olives, artichokes, onion and asparagus. They also offer folded calzone pizzas – which enclose their fillings – with meat, veggie or seafood options, or make-your-own from a list of tasty ingredients.
Freshly made pasta includes spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, gnocchi, penne, ravioli, or tortellini with a variety of homemade sauces and risotto is also available. Meat and fish dishes round off a balanced menu, with a few combos available if you just can’t decide. Give the local favourite, ‘pollo alla Diavola’ a try – peri-peri baby chicken baked in the wood fire oven, served with savoury rice or chips – this really is finger-licking-good.
A good wine list, as well as spirits and beer, are on offer and it’s great to see them supporting local with Durban’s Poison City Brewery, ‘The Bird’ available on tap or bottled.
Staff are friendly and efficient and the owners are often present too – with such dedication to personal attention, it’s no wonder they’ve been in business for 20 years.
La Casa Nostra means ‘our home’ and that’s exactly the vibe you can expect here – laid-back and welcoming, as if you were dining with Italian friends. An on-site wood-fired oven permeates the air with delicious aromas – real comfort eating at its best.
You can book the entire restaurant for a function – an Italian feast second to none.
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