What a joy it is to dine at such a wonderful, easygoing establishment where the food is so comforting! Mastrantonio’s menu never disappoints. You can tell by the packed restaurant, filled with businesspeople and regulars. Tucked away in the top of a small Illovo shopping center, this hidden gem serves food that never ceases to tantalise the palate. Every item on the menu is inspired by classical Italian roots, using only the freshest ingredients. These include tender pasta pockets of panzerotti stuffed with roasted butternut and served with your choice of sauce; hand-rolled gnocchi with classic Napolitano sauce; and crispy squid heads and porcini (when in season), sautéed in butter and herbs.
Perfectly prepared risottos are a testimony to the exceptional skills of the establishment; the delicate saffron-and-prawn version should not be missed. For meat lovers, the crumbed veal chops or classic Florentine steak (prime rib), topped with herbs and garlic, is just mouthwatering.
Traditional desserts are a perfect ending to the experience. Try classic tiramisu or profiteroles filled with custard and topped with a hot-chocolate sauce – all made in-house and totally delicious.
The wine list is of a reasonable size, with a suitable selection of local and international red and white wines within most budgets. There’s also a good selection of beers and spirits.
Staff on the floor are always kind, friendly and helpful. They move around with great efficiency and purpose. Managers and owners are ever-present, ensuring you have a seamless experience. Booking is recommended.
The cosy restaurant has an authentic trattoria feel, with black-and-white pictures dotting the walls, crisp white tablecloths and well-appointed cutlery.
If you're curious about the workings of a professional kitchen, walk past the floor-to-ceiling windows running along an entire wall of Mastrantonio’s kitchen, and watch the chefs do their thing.
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