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True Italic Rustic Restaurant

True Italic Rustic Restaurant
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups
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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  • 5/5 all the way! Delicious authentic Italian food and such a cosy spot for a cool winter evening. Definitely going back multiple times to try everything on the menu!
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  • Firstly I want to thank them for accommodating me. I was waiting for my boyfriend and thought id take a look inside, and WOW. I was completely blown away, not only does it look amazing it also smells like heaven. I have no idea what they were making but it smelt so good. So I took a seat and was helped by the waitress, when I asked about the menu, she told me " we don't have the menu just yet as we change the menu every night with fresh food". If that does not already point out the nature of this wonderful restaurant, well just you wait. I was just glancing around, and I saw a black board on the wall, with many names of Pasta's, cheeses and Sausages... and then the Display below, I finalized puzzled it together, and they sell you their fresh Pasta. At this stage I was captured by this, and I saw the Gnocchi and told myself 'next time' as I had already laid my eyes upon the extravagant Tagliatelle that was before me. I was sold, I knew at that point what I wanted on the weekend. So I bought some and they were extremely accommodating to the point as i got fresh pasta just after i asked for it. I am very Happy and i already know as a HUGE fan of the Italian Cuisine, i will definitely be back, hopefully for my Anniversary, wink wink nudge nudge ;) Thanks to the Amazing welcome and Service in this wonderful Restaurant. CANNOT wait to have some Pasta on the weekend.
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  • Unpretentious and authentic - a breath of fresh air in the often too trendy Bree Street. Great food as it should be - everything from the bread & olive oil to the homemade gnocchi in a Sicilian rib sauce, topped with just the right amount parmesan. A definite must-visit if you enjoy a hearty plate of pasta.
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  • I had dinner at this true italic last week, the food ,wine and atmosphere is superb. A true hidden gem and the gnocchi is insane
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  • Enjoyed a lovely authentically Sicilian meal here last night. Having just returned from a trip to Sicily this delightful restaurant was perfect. Homemade fresh pasta with a wonderful tomato, anchovy, chilli , and caper sauce. Lots of flavour and really delicious. My friends had the ricotta gnocchi with a chilli and tomato sauce. The gnocchi was light and after sampling a bite I will return just for a portion of it. Dessert was a chocolate salami and gelato, perfect! Service is very good and the can do attitude makes for a wonderful evening. The chef patron is charming and his restaurant deservedly full.
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  • To my mind the critic's review is a bit harsh. Had lunch there today and had the most wonderful gnocchi ever. The menu and such is Italian, if you know what I mean. I always feel I'm being fleeced if the menu is absolutely perfect.
    But the owners were in attendance and clearly passionate about their place and the food. And it showed.
    I'll definitely be back!
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  • On a Tuesday night we were 4 of the only 6 people in the restaurant - which is a pity as it felt a bit lonely, while the neighbouring restaurant was bursting at the seams with table outside on the pavement. We did enjoy the food and friendly service. Delicious anti-pasta platter (loved the Italian sausage) and melt-in-the-mouth gnocci that will please connoisseurs. Do give it a try!
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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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