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True Italic Rustic Restaurant

True Italic Rustic Restaurant
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids
Food
Italian, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R80 white and red; R150 champagne

Critic's review

Jody Theodore

Food
True Italic offers authentic Italian cuisine from Emilia Romagna & Sicily. Chef Luca has kept it simple, with the introduction of authentic Italian food. Luca prides himself on using quality fresh seasonal produce to ensure his dishes showcase his passion for real authentic Italian food.

The Italic Boards is a signature of the restaurant, encouraging guests to start their evening with the best cured Italian meats and hand-crafted mozzarella, ricotta, scamorza, gorgonzola and grana padano Italian cheeses. The home-made gnocchi ossobuco ragu is made with light and fluffy clouds of gnocchi, coated in the rich robust ossobuco ragu. The home-made spaghetti carbonara offers a good balance of true Italian flavours. If pasta is not your thing, try the grilled beef sirloin tagliata or grilled lamb chops, both served with a mixed salad.

The dessert selection may be small but you’ll still be able to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Just because it’s a tapas spot doesn’t mean the dessert portions are small. The pineapple sponge cake with rum butterscotch, minted pineapple and Chantilly cream is a sure winner. A flourless dark chocolate cake with orange marmalade and vanilla cream is on offer too. Other options include panna cotta topped with homemade strawberry marmalade; salame chocolate served with strawberry marmalade; and an interesting selection of gelatos.

Drinks
The wine list offers a strong Italian influence. Ask the waiter for clarity on the wines – the menu descriptions could have you a little confused. Wines from the regions of Sicily, Emilia Romangna, Tuscany are showcased, as well as some fine prosecco. The wine list offers a local influence too.

Service
Staff are friendly and helpful. Their knowledge of the menu and wine list is good. Luca and Natasha lead the team well and strive for service excellence.

Ambience
It has a true osteria feel, where the owner does the hosting of guests. The restaurant has a dark, moody, rustic atmosphere, each table lit by candlelight. The dim lighting does make it difficult to see the menu at times. With a laidback yet trendy contemporary feel, this would make for a superb exclusive function venue for a private party.

And…
It is recommended that you make a reservation to avoid disappointment.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • The worst Italian food I have ever eaten , everything was either burned or raw and cold. Raw, cold risotto and spaghetti - not pleasant, but if it has no taste on top of it .... We shared the cheese fondue as a starter, but the croutons were huge and burned. We used our bread that was put on the table in the end. And not cheap and cheerful at least to make up for it.
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  • Overpriced, three plates of pasta (one had so much garlic, had to swap it for another without garlic (as my wife is garlic and cream allergic) , one whisky and one 200ml bottle of sparkling wine R775.00. So where they get the average price per head at R150 is nonsense. None of the Primi or Secondi dishes cost less than R150.00. A RIP OFF they get away with as the have a Daily Menu. To top it all my Prawns (3 Queen Only) with Saffron was about 200g of food (portions are small) at R175.00 with my wifes two portions of Tagliatelle Porcini cost me R310.00 as I had to pay for the plate sent back. A night NOT TO REMEMBER!!
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  • Authentic, delicious, home-made pasta served in a cosy, unexpected setting that makes you want to go back from more. The gnocchi with sausage ragu was soft, rich and comforting. Friends had the mushroom tagliatelle and the parmigiana, and raved about both. Definitely planning a repeat visit.
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  • An authentic Italian restaurant that upon an initial passing resembles a hole in the wall, however inside, the walls are filled with sketches and football shirts and the shelves lined with freshly-made pasta. The menu is great, all pastas are homemade and there are many vegetarian options. Try the aubergine parmagiana (the best I've ever had) or any form of gnocchi. The service was friendly and quick. All in all a really lovely time.
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  • Plus points for the charming old-world yet ambience, and friendly staff. The converted warehouse feel with the high ceilings are lovely. However, in terms of value for money, there are several other Italian restaurants in Cape Town I would go to first. An average serving of sirloin, though tasty, with an uninspired side salad (ingredients you would probably have in your "end-of-the-month" fridge) set us back just shy of R200. The seafood squid pasta was the better dish, and I am sorry I did not get to try the gnocci.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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