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Locanda at Villa 47

Locanda at Villa 47
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance, Contemporary cool
Food
Contemporary fare, Italian, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs and Linda Scarborough

Food
We are happy to report that the eggs Benedict is exemplary. It comes with an option of salmon or Italian pancetta – we recommend you go with the latter. Fried to a crisp, it’s rich and salty and pairs beautifully with the creamy hollandaise, pleasingly oozing poached eggs, spinach and rye bread.

The croissant with scrambled eggs and chorizo is a well balanced bite of golden eggs and spicy sausage, all brought together by the buttery pastry. It’s a winner, but a pricier option than your average breakfast roll.

There are a few other variations on the egg, charcuterie and toast theme plus one fruit-and-muesli bowl to round off the breakfast offering.

Locanda’s lunch menu offers baguette paninis (R60 to R85) and toasted wraps (R45 to R65) loaded with Italian and French ingredients (buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, brie). There are also cheese and/or meat platters (from R80 to R300), boasting toothsome treats like mortadella, Italian gorgonzola, Milanese salami, green olives and caper berries.

The dinner menu (also available at lunch) includes options like beef or octopus carpaccio, authentic pastas and risotto. We return to try the beef burger with sriracha mayo, which is flavourful, thanks to the inclusion of pork mince in the patty. We also try the saltimbocca – veal with prosciutto crudo, sage, white wine and polenta, which is rich and toothsome. Our neighbouring table – positioned very close to us – report that they are very happy with their seared tuna, which comes very lightly seared and beautifully pink inside.

According to our waiter, there are plans to open an Asian-Italian tapas bar on the second floor in the next six weeks or so, and a fine dining restaurant on the top floor after that.

Drinks
As it’s 9am, we sip on tall fresh juices. The Ginger Sling with ginger, apple, lemon and carrot is particularly refreshing, and the Immune Booster, with beetroot and baby spinach added to the abovementioned base, is a dark gem-coloured glass of goodness. The coffee is strong and good and the restaurant is open from 6.30am on weekdays – good news for Bree Street early birds.

Service
The team of waitrons is newly trained (in Italian pronunciation, for one thing) and full of keenness and energy. A couple of front-of-house hosts/managers are present and very welcoming. It’s fun to see the chefs bustle about in the open kitchen.

Ambience
A small deck offers what will likely be sought-after tables on Bree Street. Glass doors fold back to reveal a light, breezy interior fitted with hip angular wooden furniture, cream walls and pretty globe lighting. Tiles feature on some table tops, mirroring the sleek, edgy feel. A glass-fronted cheese and charcuterie room conjures images of bygone butchers and cheese-makers, and paper tablemats educate diners about some of the products Rialto imports. It can become a little noisy inside when busy – especially as some tables are very close together. Perhaps some sound proofing would be a good idea. In the mean time, the deck is a great option.

The verdict
As a rule, we love local. We love all our local charcuterers, our local cheese-makers, and our local beer, cider and matcha-marshmallow-makers. And at first glance, opening a restaurant whose claim to fame is imported ingredients might strike the wrong note.

But even we have to admit that there’s something glorious about a hunk of nutty Parmigiano Reggiano – which necessarily comes from Italy, thanks to a protected designation of origin – or a piece of expertly crafted Italian pancetta. And as the Euro is a little strong for our tastes right now, we’re quite pleased to have Locanda transport a little bit of Italian flavour to Bree Street.

(March 2016)

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User reviews

  • This is my current favourite for eggs Benedict in Cape Town. The crispy bacon is such great quality (Parma? Pancetta?), it really makes the dish. Their Hollandaise is also really great. Coffees are small, but good.

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  • Love the vibe of Locando at Villa 47 on Bree Street. We sat in the pretty back courtyard area, which I can totally recommend if you want a quieter dining experience where you can chat to your dining partners. The food was authentically Italian - simple, flavourful and delicious. There's also a good mix of prices; so if you don't want to break the bank you can have a basic vegetarian pasta which still feels like a special night out. The big selection of cheese and Italian meat platters look really interesting - so I'll need to go back!
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  • Wonderful look and feel! Service was slow, as I waited 15 minutes before placing a drink order. Food was delicious, fresh and everything looked as good as it tasted. Huge issue with the 'no corkage ' policy as the wine list is not very large.
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  • Love the concept of having 3 restaurants in 1 space. Italian food can become so boring, but this isn't the case. The food was exceptional. I previously had their Spaghetti all Genovese with the gluten free pasta as an option (always extra points to any restaurant offering gluten free) and last night I had the Controfilletto which was outstanding! Great quality beef sirloin with a white truffle sauce - what a winner! Another aspect I love is the fact that there's a bar upstairs for pre or after dinner drinks.
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  • Villa 47 is a new culinary concept celebrating Asian and Mediterranean cuisine within three unique restaurant environments on three separate floors. The first to open is the aptly-named Locanda, an Italian word meaning ‘Inn.’ This spot on bustling Bree Street is the sort of place where you’ll be welcomed in from the rain and treated to something delicious to eat and drink, but there is more to it than initially meets the eye. The décor is subtly put together but still strikingly classy with crockery on the far walls and fresh Italian produce on the shelves directly opposite. Locanda’s spaciousness immediately provides diners with a feeling of comfort, as if they are at one massive dinner party with friends and family. The resulting hubbub is the sort that doesn’t intrude on personal conversations but does allow the carefully-selected music to add a dimension to the experience. A cursory glance across from the open kitchen reveals a separate room containing charcuterie and other authentic ingredients used in this fine Italian restaurant. When the food is served, it is done so by genuinely friendly waitrons with care and attention. The Classic Caesar Salad is superbly done and those with slightly less voracious appetites might easily regard this starter as a satisfying main course. The trend of generous portions is continued in the prawn dishes, something otherwise not seen in too many Cape Town restaurants of this calibre. ‘Food envy’ is simply not a thing at Locanda because of the variety of quality options. There can be nothing more pleasing than a classic, simple dish comprising delicious individual ingredients that add up to more than the sum of their parts. That concept exists on the plates and spreads vibrantly throughout the rest of the establishment.
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  • Go to Locanda at Villa 47 for lunch (aswell) I have now been back twice for the seared Tuna, served with veg and a green peppercorn sauce, which is on another level of delicious !! The service, and coffee are consistently good, as is the vibe. Villa 47 still beckons one to come back for more, especially for their outstanding food!
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  • When I walked into Villa 47, I was greeted by friendly staff, a welcoming atmosphere and a feeling I was in for a good breakfast. When it comes to how my eggs are cooked, I can be a very fussy customer, I was more than satisfied with eggs scrambled to perfection and a good cup of coffee, the right amount of hot and strong, served with a delicious biscuit. The decor is beautiful, interesting and functional, note the barstools! The music is relaxed and the vibe very cool. A place that beckons one to come back for more!!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking

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