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True Italic Rustic Restaurant

Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids
Food
Italian, Modern
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Owner-chef Luca Di Pasquale takes his Italian heritage, and cuisine, seriously at this rustic osteria at the foot of Bree Street.

Food
Authentic Italian cuisine, carefully prepared and simply served is the hallmark of this low-key ‘osteria del Capo’, where the compact menu of homely Italian dishes changes daily.

There's a welcome simplicity in the generous boards of affettati [Italian cured meats] to start, but also no shortage of other intriguing antipasti: think bruschetta with octopus, capers and cherry tomatoes, or silky burrata with Parma ham.

For larger plates it’s Luca’s homemade pasta that will catch your eye and whet your appetite. No run of the mill combinations here either: spaghetti could be served with swordfish, pistachio pesto and fennel bulb, or dabble in the delicate gnocchi with pork fillet and a saffron sauce.

Drinks
An intriguing selection focused on the wines of northern Italy, alongside a handful of local boutique cellars. Good range of wines by the carafe alongside a small selection of craft beers and cocktails.
Service
Friendly and efficient, with Luca keeping a close eye on proceedings.
Ambience Unpretentious space of wooden tables, exposed brick walls, and candles shoved into wine bottles, with the clatter of an open kitchen down one end.

Best for…
An authentic Italian gathering with family and friends.

(2018)

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  • 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

  • True Italic is quite definitively authentic Italian. Unlike a few other places in Cape Town which mean well, but completely shoot off the mark when it comes to italian cuisine, True Italic delivers fantastic food, created and honed by a fantastic chef. The style is Osteria food or Home-style food. It offers the best of traditional italian food staying away from overplayed and overdone cliche's that you will find elsewhere. From a great selection of locally sourced and imported ingredients, the restaurant has no fixed menu and thus appeals even to the fussiest eater. I've recommended this place to many people who ask for the best italian restaurant in town and I have yet to hear rebuttals. The pasta is home made and served in a variety of methods. Gorgonzola Gnocchi have become my favourite dish along with the absolutely exceptional Parmigiana which words fail to adequately describe. Quite simply, a delicious experience with delicious food crafted with the pallet in mind.
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  • A little taste of Italy in Africa! If i had to describe True Italic with a word, this would be SIMPLICITY. Authentic Italian cuisine, fantastic vibe and service. The menu changes everyday, homemade pasta, bread, gnocchi made one by one with a spoon (exactly as in Italy).. it makes me feel at home. Before trying True Italic, I'd never found a place abroad where you can feel the real and authentic taste of the Italian cuisine. Unfortunately, I am used to restaurants that pretend to be "Italian", that's why I try to avoid them when I travel. But the first time I went to True Italic, I was shocked: no "pasta Alfredo", no creamy or chili stuffs, no fake "fettuccine marinara o napoletana" (these words actually make NO SENSE), and Italian words spelled correctly in the menu!
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  • 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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Facilities

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

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