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Ristorante Posticino (Sea Point)

Ristorante Posticino (Sea Point)
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Italian, Pizzas
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Critic's review

Ingrid Jones

Food
Posticino is a staple on the Cape Town pizza and pasta scene and a favourite with locals and tourists alike. There’s a plethora of pizza places, but somehow the homely, vibey feel of this central address on the Sea Point strip remains a favourite. The charm lies in simplicity and choice. The very-very-thin-crust wood-fired pizzas will keep the diet voices in your head at bay, because perception is everything. If you don’t like some of the toppings, switch it out, but there really is no need. Mix it up with a selection of pizzas and pastas and create your own signature sauce of the night. The fluffy cannelloni is a favourite and any pizza will be a crowd pleaser. They had me at caviar and Boccocini.

If you have space left, round it off with a pizzatella lathered with nutella and chocolate sauce. And if you add an old school Don Pedro, your gastronomic trip to Italy will be complete.

Drink
It’s a mission to pair pizza and pasta with a great wine that will add to the eating experience (it’s different if you opted for the veal or chicken), so keep it simple with a beer or light wine. The wines are showcased on the chalk board and quite pricey for a pizza/pasta night.

Service
The service is commensurate – this is an establishment with a track record of all-round boisterous eating, where it’s all about comfort food and fun conversations. The service is efficient, friendly, tried-and-trusted and very much under the watchful eyes of the familia in charge. They two dons know how to keep their daily families happy. Book, because it’s always full.

Ambience
Vibey, homely, boisterous… Like Christmas with the entire family. And that noisy uncle.

And...
It will convert any non-pizza/pasta eater to give the Italians a try.

(September 2016)

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  • Bianca Coleman

    Food
    With a few salads and main courses, the bulk of the menu is given over to pizzas and pastas. The pizzas bases are thin and crispy, and there is a multitude of toppings; for example a pizza with smoked salmon, cream cheese and caviar. If you’re having pasta, you choose the noodle you want and pretty much design your own sauce. Begin with a base of tomato, tomato and cream, or cream, and then add whatever ingredients you like. Our Napolitana sauce with olives, anchovies, mushrooms and garlic was full of flavour. There is plenty to choose from, and you’ll have a custom-made sauce; thanks to this approach there is also a good variety available for vegetarians. Prices are very reasonable, and portions are generous.

    Drinks
    In addition to tea, coffee, soft drinks, and sangria by the jug, there is a small chalkboard list of wines, perhaps half a dozen each of reds and whites. Prices are mid to fairly expensive, with not many available by the glass. This is likely to push your bill up quite a bit.

    Service
    It’s casual, friendly, and homely, as you would expect from a family restaurant. Not everyone will be comfortable with a waiter who sits down at the table to explain how the menu works, but that’s part of the vibe here.

    Ambience
    There are several cosy little rooms, which create intimacy and a buzzing atmosphere. Little has changed in the nearly 19 years this eatery has been open, and whether you’re a regular or only visit infrequently, it’s like putting on a comfortable pair of slippers. There is indoor and outdoor seating (weather permitting).

    And…
    Longevity has made this one of the most popular ristorantes in Cape Town so you need to book.

  • Bianca Coleman

    Food
    With a few salads and main courses, the bulk of the menu is given over to pizzas and pastas. The pizzas bases are thin and crispy, and there is a multitude of toppings; for example a pizza with smoked salmon, cream cheese and caviar. If you’re having pasta, you choose the noodle you want and pretty much design your own sauce. Begin with a base of tomato, tomato and cream, or cream, and then add whatever ingredients you like. Our Napolitana sauce with olives, anchovies, mushrooms and garlic was full of flavour. There is plenty to choose from, and you’ll have a custom-made sauce; thanks to this approach there is also a good variety available for vegetarians. Prices are very reasonable, and portions are generous.

    Drinks
    In addition to tea, coffee, soft drinks, and sangria by the jug, there is a small chalkboard list of wines, perhaps half a dozen each of reds and whites. Prices are mid to fairly expensive, with not many available by the glass. This is likely to push your bill up quite a bit.

    Service

    It’s casual, friendly, and homely, as you would expect from a family restaurant. Not everyone will be comfortable with a waiter who sits down at the table to explain how the menu works, but that’s part of the vibe here.

    Ambience
    There are several cosy little rooms, which create intimacy and a buzzing atmosphere. Little has changed in the nearly 19 years this eatery has been open, and whether you’re a regular or only visit infrequently, it’s like putting on a comfortable pair of slippers. There is indoor and outdoor seating (weather permitting).

    And…
    Longevity has made this one of the most popular ristorantes in Cape Town so you need to book.

    October 2015

  • Greg Landman

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    The fact that there are 20 different kinds of pizza made with a skinny, crunchy base and available only in a large (30cm) size is only one of the reasons this perennially popular eatery has been going as long as it has in a very competitive market.

    In addition to all the usual toppings, all delicious, you will find some exotic variations like smoked salmon with “caviar” and creamed cottage cheese and another version with brinjals, zucchini, sundried tomatoes and red peppers.

    Daily specials could include a rich osso buco, slow braised and falling off the bone, served with polenta; and meatballs like mama used to make in a rich tomato sauce served with your choice of pasta. Sauces for the pasta, which includes gnocchi, run the gamut from a simple aglio olio (a traditional combination of simply olive oil and garlic) to an offering with bacon, chicken, sundried tomatoes, mushrooms and onions.

    Drinks 
    They have a small but representative wine list with wine by the glass from some very good estates, like the excellent chenins from Kleine Zalze and Rickety Bridge, as well as three sizes of sangria.

    Service
    The approach is friendly, quick, and professional.

    Ambience
    When you enter an Italian restaurant with real Italians eating food made by real Italians, you know you are in the right place. The eatery is located inside a cosy converted house on the main road in Sea Point, but once inside you could easily forget where you are thanks to its many quiet corners, packed with character, perfect for a romantic (if somewhat rustic) tête-à-tête.

    And…
    When the weather is good, the verandah is perfect for taking in the passing parade.

    (July 2014)

  • It’s 15 years on and Posti is still going strong. Choose your favourite pasta and make up your own sauce with a large choice of ingredients like veal, artichokes, chicken livers and cream. Baked pasta dishes go down a hearty treat as do substantial salads. The stars of the show, though, are the wood-fired pizzas on impossibly thin bases. (Eat Out magazine 2014)
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    15 years on and Posti, as it’s affectionately known, is going as strong as ever. The loyal following of regulars as well as tourists staying in the area flock here for frill-free Italian fare. Choose your favourite pasta and make up your own sauce with a large choice of ingredients: veal and mushrooms in cream sauce is a favourite, while the recent combination of artichokes and chicken livers in creamy tomato sauce worked very well. Baked pasta dishes such as cannelloni and lasagne go down a hearty treat as do substantial salads (try it with grilled calamari) and veal dishes with lemon, parmigiana or marsala sauces served with simple grilled veggies. The stars of the show here, though, are the wood-fired pizzas on impossibly thin bases. Again you can add any number of toppings, but plain a Margherita is the way to go to really appreciate the quality of the pizza. While the dessert list is small and straightforward, the boozy tiramisu rounds things off well.

    Wine
    There is a limited, easy-drinking wine list with some choices by the glass. While there are no complex vintage offerings, the wines are food- and pocket friendly.

    Service
    Here you’re part of la familia. Waiters have been around for years and will come and sit at your table to explain the specials. It’s a loud, vibey spot where owners Jack and Eric always keep a personal eye on things.

    Ambience
    On sunny days all the tables are carried outside onto the expansive verandah. While wintry evenings are cosy inside with fireplaces and pizza ovens providing more than enough authentic atmosphere.

    And...
    Don’t even think of pitching up at restaurant rush hour without a booking… but early evening walk-ins are usually accommodated and they’re always happy to try and make a plan. (Lisa van Aswegen, August 2013)

User reviews

  • Consistently good - delicious, thin-crust pizzas; friendly service and a perfectly chilled atmosphere.
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  • The best, thin crust pizza and great for a relaxed weekend lunch or dinner.

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  • Definitely our pizza place of choice! Best Pizza in Cape Town Desmond and Cristina
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  • This is my pizza place of choice. Best pizzas in town always served promptly. Venue has a great vibe: busy but fun!
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  • I can only agree with some of the other reviews here: this must be the rudest management in all of Cape Town! It is most incomprehensible that this place stays so popular and over-rated. For sure there are many more places in Cape Town with better food, let alone the level/friendliness of service/management
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  • This is about their new venture in Hout Bay. We went on a lovely evening, sat outside and watched the late autumn sunset. Service was prompt yet casual and accurate with a lovely smile although when the place filled up, it was a bit tricky to get hold of our service person. (hope that's pc enough!) The food was the hero really - wonderful pizzas with imaginative ingredients, really thin crispy bases. My starter of chicken livers was not good however. If they are going to only concentrate on brilliant pizzas, don't mess around with starters. I would like to see about three or four star non pizza items. Vitello tonnata, veal parmigiana, Bistecca all Fiorentina and such like. One of my heroes in the Italian kitchen is Marcella Hazan. Her simple approach with top ingredients made Italian food what it is supposed to be. If Posticino in Hout Bay can crack the food and the venue - they have a very good chance of surviving in a really tough location. Here is wishing them all the best.
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  • Nice, traditional Italian, where they still speak the (lovely) language. Food is very good, service quick and efficient, ambience busy (in a positive way). One of my local favourites!

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  • We are neighbourhood regulars. Yesterday however we were confronted with some incredible and unexpected rudeness. A drill-sergeant impersonating as a host was marching to our table with a tablet in her hands and blew us up with the command, I need this table at 8 o'clock! Not even a "sorry" or "excuse me", only these exact(!) words. It was, by the way, 2 minutes to 8 and our friendly waitress told us before there are no reservations for our table. I think that kind of rudeness is inconceivable, this this woman is definitely jeopardizing the rather positive image of this place.

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  • Rude service. Rude waiters. Would be acceptable if the food was good - which it wasn't. How wrong can you go with spaghetti aglio?

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  • Food was good but be prepared to wait. We waited a real long time an got a bit annoyed when guests who came later were served first. Not great if you are starving! But worth a second try.

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  • Always busy and vibey. Friendly staff. Good true Italian food... try the Caprese Pizza ! The standard of food is consistent and good value. Ill return time after time
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  • Seriously one of the best restaurants Ive been to in South Africa in terms of service. Having lived in many countries, I am often surprised at the terrible service you get in SA restaurants. Posticinos provides a pleasant surprise with the owner and waiters going out of there way to seat and help every time Ive been there. I recommend this place every chance I get! Keep up the good work guys.
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  • Dear Shelley
    As one of the proud owners of Posticino, I would like to sincerely apologise for your unfortunate dining experience recently. Please afford us the opportunity to rectify this situation and give you the friendly service that we strive to provide to every customer.
    please feel free to contact me personally at sigo@telkomsa.net.
    Regards
    Eric

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  • What a shocking experience we had on Sunday night - Ive never seen waitering staff behave in that manner before! It started when we arrived and we asked if we could get a table outside and the reply was I suppose so. When we asked for the wine list our waitress said Oh, so you want it like by the bottle? I suspect the she just didnt feel like carrying the board out to us. When asked about the special chicken and veal dishes, they were told to us in monotone with about as much enthusiasm as paint drying. While we were having our dinner, some friends of our waitress arrived and she sat down with them and ate dinner with them. Since we were eating our dinner, its not like we needed any attention. While we were having our dinner, another tables food arrived and as that waitress was clearing their smoking ashtray from their food, she seemed to think that it was perfectly ok to take a couple of drags from the burning cigarette before clearing it! Later in the evening she could be seen clearing tables with a cigarette dangling from her mouth! Our plates were cleared and we were definitely rushed to get dessert orders. Then when our waitresss friends were leaving (we are still busy with dessert at this point), she left with them - didnt even bother to tell us that someone else was going to continue looking after us! Eventually we had to call over the smoking waitress to order a cappuccino and the bill. I thought she was high, but my guest said that she was most likely drunk, as she had been doing tequila shots with the table next door. The cappuccino comes, swimming in coffee in the saucer, which she puts down and says Oh s%&t, I spilt, sorry! and walks away. Doesnt even bring a napkin to wipe up the spill! Needless to say, it was the first time we have ever not tipped!
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  • Authentic, laid back and friendly are good words to describe this little home away from home. Top marks to you guys for great food, great coffee and great atmosphere. Best pizza we have had in ages. I get the feeling that you will see us again, and again and again !!!
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  • Authentic, laid back and friendly are good words to describe this little home away from home. Top marks to you guys for great food, great coffee and great atmosphere. Best pizza we have had in ages. I get the feeling that you will see us again, and again and again !!!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
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  • Smoking
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  • Vegetarian
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