The first of its name in the Mastrantonio group, this owner-operated trattoria remains a local favourite for fine Italian fare.
Authentic Italian cooking is what Mastrantonio is all about. The menu is well-considered and features a host of traditional dishes. Antipasto is, naturally, a good place to start and is seperated into freddo (cold) – the likes of which include carpaccio di manzo, a gorgeous fillet thinly sliced, drizzled with olive oil and topped with shavings of parmesan, mushroom – and caldo (hot). In the caldo section you’ll find fresh mussels cooked in a creamy, garlicky white wine sauce or the melanzane of layered brinjal and tomato sauce topped with bubbling mozzarella & parmesan.
For mains, look to the pasta section that includes farcita (stuffed), all’uovo (egg), lunga (long) and corta (short) options, as well as a small selection of risotto. Try the light and fluffy homemade gnocchi, perfect when served in their four cheese sauce, or the linguine porcini, which heroes the beautiful mushroom with just garlic and olive oil. If meat is what you’re after, the pollo e carne is sure to tempt your palate with a generous selection of chicken, steak and veal dishes – all cooked in traditional Italian style.
End off the meal with a tiramisu and espresso, or indulge in the gelato with a hot chocolate sauce.
The wine list, while on the pricier side, has something for everyone and features a decent selection of local and international wines. The South African wines are for the most part recognisable and popular, while the specialty Italian menu offers a selection of interesting varietals ordered according to province. There’s also a small French selection.
Upon entering the establishment, you’re warmly welcomed by management and quickly shown to your table. Unfortunately, service while seated is lacking. Waitresses make it seem as if every request is an effort and have a general sense of apathy towards the clientele.
The restaurant is everything a trattoria should be: warm and welcoming with soft lighting illuminating perfectly laid tables, complete with white tablecloths.
Business lunches, date nights and celebrations.
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