Pieter du Toit
It would be a good idea for any potential restaurant owners on our national roads to stop at Tredici and see how it’s done. This is what we are looking for. Sitting upstairs at the restaurant, enjoying the view over the beautiful mountains, the smell of fresh bread and coffee wafting by, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re somewhere in Italy. Serving both the residents of this striking town and the plentiful of travellers passing through, the menu manages to cater to both. The offering feeds from the bakery, so there’s many a gourmet sandwich, pizza or burger on offer. Look out for the meals to share. A lamb salad served on greens was well presented – the lamb cooked to perfection and served in cubes on a fresh green salad; the perfect banting choice. Those not into banting might consider the chorizo risotto, a fine meal consisting of perfectly cooked rice and well integrated flavours. To finish, opt for the baked phyllo ice cream, a dreamy concoction with perfectly crunchy phyllo. The website will tell you to expect artisan baking and that is what you get. It’s a good idea to grab some pastries or bread for the road.
Local wines are served, by the glass and bottle, but this is a bakery after all, so do not leave without having a great cappuccino. None of those big cups that you could easily drown in, here they serve a fine brew. It might also be your last chance of getting one until you get to Knysna.
There are ample staff members here, all eager to serve. If by change you need something, or find that their attention has drifted, they’re only an arm’s length away.
Tredici is a welcome stop for travelers and a meeting place for locals. There’s a nice cosy buzz and a constant flow of people. The hosts welcome you and will show you a table. Ask for a table upstairs to enjoy the views over the mountains and the village itself.
Have a look around before you go; there are some wonderful kitchen utensil on display (and for sale), not to mention fresh produce.