Owner-chef Luca Di Pasquale takes his Italian heritage, and cuisine, seriously at this rustic osteria at the foot of Bree Street.
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.
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.
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.
An authentic Italian gathering with family and friends.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
It is recommended that you make a reservation to avoid disappointment.
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