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It might be best to narrow down the type of dish you want before you arrive, because at Col’cacchio you’re spoiled for choice. There’s pizza, pasta, salads and even wraps, one of which comes filled with butter chicken and fior di latte mozzarella. There’s also a selection of chicken and meat dishes like saltimbocca, lamb shank cooked in the pizza oven and chicken fillets. You won’t be judged if you opt for any of the latter options but, as with most Italian restaurants, Col’cacchio’s reputation is built and tested on its pastas and pizzas.
The pasta selection is perhaps less daunting than choosing a pizza. There are familiar options like bolognaise, spaghetti and meatballs (with a vegan option starring vegan meatballs and vegan parmesan), and lasagne. The pollo comes with chicken, mushrooms, spring onions and sour cream in a Pomodoro sauce. The sauce is fantastic, not acidic or overwhelming. It warms you throughout, making it the perfect dish for a winter’s day. Gnocchi can be chosen with any of the pasta sauces for an additional cost but it’s not recommended – what should be starchy pillows are dense and slightly chewy.
The pizza selection is intimidating but fitting for those who like options. There are vegetarian options and carb-conscious alternatives (with pizza bases made of cauliflower, psyllium husks and flax seeds) Vegans are covered, too, with the vegan margherita, which can be topped with more ingredients in a build-your-own fashion. The Cosi Verde boasts a spinach base, atop which is perched broccoli, edamame, basil pesto and spring onions. The spring onions are perfectly crisp, balancing the texture of the edamame. It’s an absolute delight to look at and makes for a very light meal, almost akin to a salad. The Zucca has a butternut and tomato base topped with roasted butternut and beetroot, rocket, avocado and various seeds. The seeds are certainly an odd addition to a pizza but add a nice crunch. Sweet and still firm, the roasted veg serves as the best part of your bite. In true Col’cacchio fashion, the pizza bases are all perfectly thin and crisp.
Dessert presents another array of choices, with options like tiramisu, Italian kisses, chocolate panna cotta, profiteroles and a citrus pancake. Know what you’re getting into with the carb-conscious cheesecake – to make it carb-conscious, there’s no crust. The cream cheese mixture comes in a glass, topped with a pleasant cinnamony mixture of shaved almonds. It’s simple decadence. There’s one vegan option, the amistoso, which is a delightful play on a deconstructed pineapple fridge tart. It comprises cashew cream, caramelised pineapple, orange-flavoured crumble and coconut shavings. Sweet, bitter and tangy flavours complement the ultra creamy cashew cream.
You’ll leave stuffed.
The non-alcoholic drinks selection includes a few refreshing mocktails, as well as some milkshakes and warm drinks. The wine list is thorough, with many available by the glass. Each varietal comes with a few choices, with options like Graham Beck pinotage, Tokara chardonnay, Kleine Zalze chenin blanc and Nederburg bubbly. There’s also a decent number of cocktails, beers and ciders.
Service is friendly and efficient. If you’re in a rush or having a lunch meeting, let your waiter know and they’re more than accommodating. An overcharge is handled with relatively minimal effort.
You’d be hard pressed to find an unsuitable occasion for dining here, whether for day or night. The restaurant is divided into different sections for different atmospheres. A work lunch might be enjoyed by the sun-dappled tables beside the large windows; a first date could be had on the slightly darker leather booths; and pleasant days are best spent dining al fresco on either side of the restaurant. The music is notably present but allows for comfortable conversation.
It’s no doubt a pricey meal so take advantage of their winter Twosday special, which gets you a second pizza or pasta free.
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