The Cousins

The Cousins
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R80 avg main meal
Coffee, Groups, Special occasions
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Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Homemade pasta, authentic flavour and a true Italian experience have been created by three cousins from the Adriatic coast of Italy. The Cousins trattoria is located in an unassuming part of the city centre, where it's all about the food and not the surroundings.

You are welcomed with a warm plate of Gnocco Fritto, fried dough with air pockets, light as a feather. You will be tempted to order more of these but tread with caution there is a delicious carbo load ahead of you.

Mains consist of pasta, meat, seafood and a specials board that's worthwhile checking out. The cousins speciality pasta is the signature dish and not to be missed. Hot mushroom and thyme infused tagliolini is tossed in half wheel of Grana Padano cheese. Each strand of warms pasta is coasted in cheesy goodness as you marvel at the theatre of the finishing process at your table. The homemade gnocchi in a bolognese ragu are mouthfuls of light, fluffy pillows and recommended not be shared as you will want to keep every morsel of joy to yourself. I will be back to the Strozzapreti, meaning ‘strangled priest’. It’s a pasta made without egg yolk, so the finger-length tubes are fluffy and absorbent, with a grainier texture than normal pasta. Each dish displays authenticity and charming reminiscence to old-world Italy.

Finish off with one of their homemade desserts of Panna Cotta, Affogato al Caffè or the Bignè filled with pistachio cream, covered in chocolate.

Good selection of local wines and some imported Italian options. Limoncello and grappas are also available.

Efficient and friendly staff take care of you and one of the cousins might pop around to check on your experience.

A true hidden gem located in a quiet part of the CBD. The restaurant has an authentic trattoria feel. Memorabilia and photos adorn the walls of the compact spaces and flickering candles add to the warm ambience. The restaurant is small and popular so a reservation is important.

Best for...
Authentic Italian and tasty homemade pasta.


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  • I enjoyed my experience at the cousins! The staff is very attentive and friendly.
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  • Ravioli heaven: hands down the best ravioli served in Cape Town!
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian

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