Innovation is the key to remaining relevant and Trattoria La Terrazza has nailed it. Fresh salads, inventive pastas and the freshest linefish virtually cater to all preferences. Linguine with zucchini, cream, artichoke, lemon, truffle oil and Parmesan cheese speaks of decadence, while the spaghettini polpette (beef meat balls in red pepper salsa, chilli, olive oil and tomato) goes to the heart of Italian cuisine.
Trattoria La Terrazza sources its beef, pork and chicken free-range. The rolled chicken breast filled with mushrooms and topped with mozzarella embraces another glimpse of lazy days overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The partly-deboned quail, grilled, stuffed and served with fat French fries, balsamic red wine reduction and caramelised butternut sticks, is another dish worth the trip down the south coast.
There are several options for a sumptuous end to your meal, such as the almond pavlova with poached red berry coulis and lemongrass syrup, home-made liquorice ice cream, or a cheese platter served with port.
Expect a balanced display of top South African wines interspersed with French and Italian bubbles, offered with a fair mark-up. The wine list could do with some editing to remove spelling mistakes.
Consistently attentive, professional and charming.
The intimate indoor space, decorated in a colonial style, comfortably seats 50 people. The lower deck, perched above the Umkobi Estuary, boasts spectacular sea views to restore the soul.
Booking is advised, especially during busy holiday season.
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