Close your eyes, and you’ll think you’re dining in the home of an Italian matriarch in Napoli. Start with the prosciutto and gorgonzola salad with toasted walnuts and crunchy mixed lettuce, or deep-fried balls of mushroom risotto to dip in a Napoli tomato sauce.
The fresh home-made pasta is so good, you’ll find it difficult to go back to cooking your linguine or tagliatelle from a plastic packet. Recommended main courses include the amatriciana mix of pancetta, chilli, onion and arrabbiata sauce, or pasta parcels stuffed with buffalo mozzarella served with a delectable tomato sauce. The menu abounds with meaty stews and grills, seafood delights, gourmet salads, tartares and burgers.
You can’t leave a café called ‘Dessert’ without sampling the handiwork of the pastry chef, who once ran a pastry shop in Italy. Top of the list are the fluffy, creamy tiramisu and the crème brûlée – revisited with an Amarula custard. Take a peek into the fridge to see what you may want to take home with you.
Proseccos, a wide selection of teas, local and international wines and bubblies, and classic cocktails make this list a good all-rounder.
Friendly, knowledgeable and patient waiting staff add to a memorable experience.
White and pastel tones of green, pink and purple add to a vibrant and cheerful space that reminds visitors of its early days as a pastry shop.
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