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La Stalla

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Italian
Phone Number 0109004876 Opening Hours

Wednesday to Saturday 7am to 10pm

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Menu

Menu - La Stalla Menu Updated May 2018

Details

Cost
R100 avg main meal
Food
Italian
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Child friendly, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Takeaways

Location and contact

7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Kholeka Kumalo

This 7th Street eatery is the reinvented version of chef James Diack’s previous restaurant in the same space, The Federal.

Food
Chef James Diack’s latest restaurant venture is the new home of his previous American-inspired eatery, The Federal. He’s no stranger to the Joburg restaurant scene: his flagship Coobs is, of course, known to discerning food lovers, and following the success of a farm-to-table approach to dining at his Parktown North restaurant, Il Contadino, he has now opened this smaller version in Melville.

The produce used in the restaurant comes from his family-owned farm, Brightside, in Magaliesburg, so rest assured that farm-fresh is no exaggeration. La Stalla focuses on rustic Italian fare and the keyword here is simplicity in choice of ingredients, flavour combinations and presentation. The menu offers small plates, pizza, pasta, meaty mains and salads.

After catching sight of the pizza oven, however, it’s hard not to head straight there on the menu. The pizza topped with homemade bacon, farm feta, fresh mozzarella and wild rocket (although it could always do with a touch more bacon), and the barbecue chicken pizza with ricotta, mozzarella and zucchini flowers both pack a juicy, flavoursome punch. Vegetarian pizza topping combos include pumpkin, ricotta, mozzarella, red onion and rosemary and a classic margherita.

Once you spy a bowl of pasta passing your table, you’ll want some of that too. All pastas are homemade using free-range organic eggs and stone-milled flour, and servings are almost big enough to share. The alfredo features tagliatelle, roast chicken and field mushroom in the creamiest of parmesan creams. And the grass-fed beef Bolognese is an unpretentious mound of spaghetti comfort, with all the strands of pasta tossed in sauce.

To end off, where better for a serving of gelato than an Italian restaurant? Choose your three scoops from flavours like vanilla, Belgian chocolate, peanut butter, coffee espresso, pistachio, hazelnut, honeycomb and Seville orange. On warmer days, there’s also a refreshing pomegranate or granadilla sorbet.

Drinks
You’ll find your usual soft drinks, cordials, beers, ciders, spirits and liqueurs on offer at La Stalla. More unusual options can be found under the wine list, with an interesting and relatively affordable selection of local boutique wines. Classic cocktails include a perfectly mixed aperol spritz, margarita, old fashioned or negroni.

Service
Friendly and fast. You’d expect a slightly longer wait with food being as fresh as it is, but that’s not the case at La Stalla.

Ambience
The pizza oven to the corner of the open-plan kitchen, around which a section of the first floor of the restaurant is shaped, generates instant warmth – much appreciated in the chilly months. Pasta is served in enamel bowls and napkins are checkered dishcloths, which adds to the general tone of easiness.

And...
This is an industrial-chic pizzeria in one of Melville’s busiest roads, so it’s also ideal for a spot of people watching.

(June 2018)

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    Incredible wine list just like all the other Diack restaurants! And anything with their wild boar meat on is an absolute winner!
    Nice and lovely space in the middle of Melville. This is for the matured couples, beautiful ambience and super nice good.
    The food is absolutely delicious and the dishes are made from fresh seasonal ingredients. I had the crispy calamari with rocket, chilli and lemon mayo for starters. The organic roasted pork belly on ciabatta for mains was delectable. For desert I had the homemade nutella cheese cake with gelato which was devine and one of the best tasting deserts I have had in a while.The staff is welcoming and the service is great.
    This new find in Melville was a pleasant surprise; a relaxing ambience, setting that was unique and warm fireplaces during the winter. Menu can be a little pricey but may be worth it for most due to the experience and vibe. There was also a few delicious options for the vegetarian customers and the desserts are also a treat.

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