The first of its name in the Mastrantonio group, this owner-operated trattoria remains a local favourite for fine Italian fare.
Authentic Italian cooking is what Mastrantonio is all about. The menu is well-considered and features a host of traditional dishes. Antipasto is, naturally, a good place to start and is seperated into freddo (cold) – the likes of which include carpaccio di manzo, a gorgeous fillet thinly sliced, drizzled with olive oil and topped with shavings of parmesan, mushroom – and caldo (hot). In the caldo section you’ll find fresh mussels cooked in a creamy, garlicky white wine sauce or the melanzane of layered brinjal and tomato sauce topped with bubbling mozzarella & parmesan.
For mains, look to the pasta section that includes farcita (stuffed), all’uovo (egg), lunga (long) and corta (short) options, as well as a small selection of risotto. Try the light and fluffy homemade gnocchi, perfect when served in their four cheese sauce, or the linguine porcini, which heroes the beautiful mushroom with just garlic and olive oil. If meat is what you’re after, the pollo e carne is sure to tempt your palate with a generous selection of chicken, steak and veal dishes – all cooked in traditional Italian style.
End off the meal with a tiramisu and espresso, or indulge in the gelato with a hot chocolate sauce.
The wine list, while on the pricier side, has something for everyone and features a decent selection of local and international wines. The South African wines are for the most part recognisable and popular, while the specialty Italian menu offers a selection of interesting varietals ordered according to province. There’s also a small French selection.
Upon entering the establishment, you’re warmly welcomed by management and quickly shown to your table. Unfortunately, service while seated is lacking. Waitresses make it seem as if every request is an effort and have a general sense of apathy towards the clientele.
The restaurant is everything a trattoria should be: warm and welcoming with soft lighting illuminating perfectly laid tables, complete with white tablecloths.
Business lunches, date nights and celebrations.
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This is a lovely restaurant but it's not glitzy or a follower of fashion. This restaurant is, I humbly suggest, a traditional Italian trattoria. It serves wholesome and correctly cooked Italian dishes. The menu is lengthy and varied, but not adventurous, the dishes are the ones to be found in any good trattoria in Italy. The ambiance was warm, relaxing and unpretentious. It was obvious that many of the customers were long time regulars. The service was sharp and professional. My two guests and I had an excellent evening.
I have been to this restaurant regularly over the last 10 year, but the last year or so, I've seen a disappointing decline in the quality of food and service.
Food is prepared without the care and refinement of the past. My starter of asparagus was served with a hard blob of melted Parmesan which added very little in look or flavor to the (well-prepared) asparagus . The Tortellini in Brodo was bland... and unappetizing in its presentation with cloudy broth, and coarsely chopped carrots and chicken, that would have benefited from just a small sprinkling of something green.
Service was perfunctory and rushed... with plates being cleared before all diners had finished.
I want to believe that the quality can improve... but it might be a while before we go back.
HAVNT BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME. LAST NIGHT WAS A DISGRACE. THE WAITRESS KEPT HARASSING US TAKING PLATES AWAY AND TRYING TO CLEAR THE TABLE BEFORE WE WERE FINISHED. THEY SEEMED TO BE IN A HURRY TO CLOSE. THERE DIDNT SEEM TO BE ANYONE IN CHARGE.
THE STRANGEST PART WE ORDER 2 PASTA DISHES. THEY ARRIVED IN ABOUT 5 MINUTES OF ORDERING.!! NOT GOOD OBVIOUSLY WARMED UP PASTA AND THOSE PORCINI MUSHROOMS WERE DEFINITELY NOT PORCINI. THE SAUCE WAS TASTELESS OBVIOUSLY OPENED A TIN OF MUSHROOMS AND THREW SOME CREAM IN.....WINE PRICES ARE OUTRAGEOUS. BUT THE WORST WAS THE WAITRESS WHO KEPT TRYING TO CLEAR AWAY...I WOULDNT GO BACK THERE AND WOULDNT RECOMMEND IT
Lovely night out, fantastic waiter, good wine and delicious food. Exactly what we needed. We had a fantastic evening and will certainly be back.
Gnocchi Arrabiata is particularly good, especially with a glass of Rupert&Rothschild Classique.
Thank you Mastrantonio!
We must have caught them on an off night. The tiramisu, which according to the menu is their house specialty, was a complete disappointment. Their pasta (which was not boiled in salt water) was nothing more than acceptable; however one would expect more from a restaurant with their supposedly respectable reputation for fine dining. Hope I'm proven wrong in the future.