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La Casa Nostra

La Casa Nostra
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  • Location 0315681996
  • Phone Number White Sands Shopping Centre, 1 Main Road, Umdloti, Kwazulu-Natal
  • email famiglia@mweb.co.za
  • Website URL www.lacasanostra.net
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Wednesday to Sunday 12noon to 3pm

    Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 6pm to 10pm

Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Contemporary cool, Family friendly
Food
Italian, Pizzas
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Nicola Ashe

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.

Drinks
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.

Service
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.

Ambience
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.

And…
You can book the entire restaurant for a function – an Italian feast second to none.

(September 2016)

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  • A neighbourhood favourite, this is a casual, unpretentious trattoria with commendable food and service. Go for any of the veal dishes, especially the one with creamy mushroom sauce and pasta. Stand-out dishes: excellent pizzas, especially the Quattro Stagioni; gorgonzola fillet; and quail al forno (cooked in the pizza oven). (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    The well-utilised pizza oven produces exemplary pizzas (with some calzone options) along with the likes of asparagus baked in a creamy tomato sauce; line fish done with garlic; and wine-roasted quail, whose popularity transcends time. Sauces are listed and you select the pasta.

    Wine
    An extensive representation of varietals, with budget-friendly and high-profile quality options in each category. There’s also a smattering of champagnes and Italian wines.

    Service
    A seasoned team offers slick, pre-emptive service which exceeds trattoria expectations. In-depth knowledge means waiters expertly recommend food and wine.

    Ambience
    Charming in its simplicity. Checked tablecloths are mandatory and there’s always a flurry of activity around the pizza oven. The secluded outside area offers an idyllic lunchtime setting.

    And...
    This may be a casual trattoria, but reservations are essential. (TG, October 2011)
  • Tracy Gielink

    Casual, unpretentious trattoria with commendable food and service. Neighbourhood favourite for mid-week dinner. Go for any of the veal dishes, especially with a creamy mushroom sauce and pasta. Pizzas are excellent as is the gorgonzola fillet and quail cooked in the pizza oven. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • For a place that serves such good food and that we have been to many times before, to have had an experience as we had last night was disgusting to say the least. The very much full of bad attitude manager on duty Raul (forgive my spelling if wrong) has tarnished the reputation of that restaurant and not one of the 20 people we had in our group will go back there or recommend la casa nostra ever again. Made a booking for 20h30 and was told by the man that took the booking we can arrive at 20h15 which is what we did . By 20h30 there was still no table available for the 17 of us that had booked . Upon speaking to the manager he had the nerve to tell us we arrived early and hence there is no table and we must wait for roughly 30 to 45 minutes for one to open . Obviously this was unacceptable and we told him it is not on . We made a booking for 20h30 and by 20h40 we still standing outside like idiots . He then has the nerve to tell us if we don't want to wait until a table opens up we can leave . As if I can at 9pm run around to find a restaurant that can accommodate 20 people . He spoilt the night for everyone in our party as well as created a lot of embarrassment for our foreign guests . And to boot when we eventually got our table the waitrons who think it unwise to write down orders managed to mess the orders up too.
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  • My girlfriend used to come here years ago, raved about it and when we came down to the coast on holiday I decided we should come here so I could try it out and see what all the huff was about. I ordered fish of the day (kingklip), and was a bit taken aback that it cost R210 but my hopes were high. When it arrived, my disappointment was bottomless.. the piece of fish was small, it was over cooked, the batter was so lemony I'm still having nightmares about it and the overall plating of the fish and the three awful chips that passed for a side strongly resembled something one might expect from Fishaways or Ocean Basket. Overall for two of us, eating main courses only, the bill came to 400 for average at best meals that could have easily been mistaken for cheap takeaway. My girlfriend is still apologizing.
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  • Now this is how a restaurant should be. Great ambience. Attentive service. Great quality food. I've had the pleasure of dinning with la casa nostra more than 25 times. Not one complaint. Keep it up guys. You make the rest look like amateurs. F
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  • La Casa Nostra has now consistently been serving good authentic Italian Food for 14 years. Possibly one of the best Trattorias in the Country.
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  • We have been big fans of this restuarant for about 4 years now but sadly we were disappointed with our last visit during the December holidays.We were 4 adults squeezed on to a table that was really only suitable for 2. Prices also now appear to reflect overseas pricing R100 for a pizza with 2 additional toppings!!We have always enjoyed the peasant feel to this restuarant but with prices like this I would expect a more upmarket setting.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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