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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

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.

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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.

    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)
  • Food
    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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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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