Diane de Beer
You can see the hand of the two women who run the kitchen Ilse Secchi and Marietjie Gevers in every plate of food. From the clever mix of carpaccio and caprese in one meal to their unusual Mulligatawny soup as starters to their Piccola special of spaghetti aglio e olio combined with prawns, nuts, rosa tomatoes and rocket, it’s a perfect meal. But there’s also their Neapolitan lamb puttanesca with olives, capers and anchovies or their beautifully-prepared fillet tagliata, a medium rare fillet served on a bed of tomato and basil with rocket. Like everything else, the portion is generous but not overwhelming because of the delicately sliced fillet. It’s the kind of place you linger and return to for more of the same.
Opt for their house wine which is an Italian Zonin, either red or white, sold by the bottle or served by the glass and a perfect accompaniment to their flavoursome food.
It’s a small neighbourhood establishment with personnel that know their clientele and fuss accordingly.
Part of a busy shopping complex with store fronts facing the parking square, it’s a small but comfortable space, typically trattoria style with either inside or out, perfectly styled for comfort and easy dining.
It’s the kind of place where the owner is sitting having a game of cards with a friend while others are tucking into their food without a care in the world. They’re known for their specials, so remember to ask.
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