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This cosy osteria dishes up authentic Italian dishes and memorable pizzas.
Food If you’re a fan of wafer-thin bases and creative toppings, La Frasca should be your go-to pizza spot in the city centre. The pizza menu alone stretches to three pages, with more ‘Pizze Gourmet’ (line fish on pizza?) scribbled up on a chalkboard. Prices are a little high for a humble pizza, but then everything here is top-quality, from the stone-ground flour to home-cured wood-fired hams. The Pizza Saporita, with spicy pork sausage, ricotta and a touch of chilli is excellent.
Alongside the pizza menu is a compact menu of uncomplicated Italian plates: the home-made pasta is always popular, from papardelle with slow-cooked lamb to ever-dependable spinach-and-ricotta ravioli.
Desserts are equally traditional, the likes of classic tiramisu and silky chocolate panna cotta.
Decent wine-list centred on well-known Cape estates, with a few special bottles listed on chalkboards. Handful of Italian bottles too. Limited, and pricey, craft beer selection.
Superb and attentive service, despite the casual ambience.
Ambience A relaxed feel, with the bar and pizza oven dominating the back of the restaurant. The best tables are by the window.
Casual Sunday night suppers, with friends and family.
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Some of the best pizza I've ever had! This cosy little pizza spot is unpretentious, but very authentic. We ate luscious homemade pasta, followed by big, bubbling pizzas with thin crusts. Toppings are well-thought out, and not too zany. It's not a fancy place – but I'm giving them five stars because it's the kind of place I really love. And when you leave, it's with your bank balance largely in tact. Will be back – again and again!
This is some of the best pizza I've had in Cape Town. Beautifully thin, bubbly bases - good enough to eat by themselves, but the toppings are wonderful, too. We were there for a birthday in the private function room and they really took great care of us. I also loved the pudding - a special with something creamy between layers of crumbled phyllo pastry. Stellar!