Ambience★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Service★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Food★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This laid-back Umdloti eatery is consistently winning with locals. The warm atmosphere and comforting Italian classics make this spot a hit for the whole family.
Antipasti entices as a starter, with options like crumbed olives stuffed with ricotta or a Caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella. Don’t skip the asparagus al forno, if it’s available. The rich dish – which could satisfy small appetites as part of a main – comes bubbling with asparagus baked in a tomato-and-cream sauce and topped with mozzarella. It’s sublime with a side of focaccia to dip.
The mains here include all the usual Italian suspects, all cooked with love. The risotto con gamberi with plump prawns, tomato and cream is satisfying and well-cooked. In fact, you can’t go wrong with a fish dish here – the line fish cooked in the wood-fired oven is a well-loved order.
Pizzas are wood-fired and crisp, with all the classic toppings, and pastas are homemade and comforting. The vast menu also features chicken and beef dishes that are equally as pleasing.
If there’s room for dessert, the classic tiramisu is as light as air – so much so that it almost feels guilt-free. Otherwise there’s always the creamy panna cotta.
A decent drinks list features Italian beer as well as some good, familiar wines including Raats Family, Hartenberg and Haute Cabriere.
The team here is well-established. They know the menu and their audience. The welcoming atmosphere is as warm as any family-run trattoria.
It’s cosy and everything you need in a comfortable neighbourhood gem, complete with chequered tablecloths, brick walls and a glow from the wood-fired oven.
A relaxed meal with the family.
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