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Osteria Tarantino

5 Reviews
Italian
Phone Number 0765051771 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays) 1pm to 4pm

Dinner: Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays) 6.30pm to 9pm

Menu

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Details

Cost
R240 average main meal (includes starter, main and desert)
Food
Italian
Corkage
R55 per bottle
Cost
R240 average main meal (includes starter, main and desert)
Ambience
Family friendly, Groups, Special occasions
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Graham Howe

Food

A blackboard menu highlights the hero dishes that have made this venue a neighbourhood gem that draws the regulars back. Expect rich, robust Italian flavours in classic dishes that deliver lip-smacking authenticity.

Inspired by the Italian owners’ passion for good food, the recipe for success here is deceptively simple – like home-made penne salsiccia made with fennel sausage, mushroom, lashings of garlic, chilli, pecorino and cream. Everything is home-made. No shortcuts in this proud Italian kitchen. For starters, take fine ingredients like the freshest, creamiest burrata and imported Parma ham, served on a bed of rocket.

Follow with sublime home-made gnocchi in a divine gorgonzola sauce or the signature 4 P’s pasta – a pan of pappardelle, porcini, prosciutto and parmesan tossed in a rich tomato sauce with veal mince. Vegetarians will love the ravioli stuffed with creamy spinach and ricotta.

For dessert, leave room for the classic layered tiramisu or baked cannelloni stuffed with ricotta. Make sure you don’t wear tight skinny pants to dinner.

Drinks

Try one of the Italian wines on a small list including prosecco and Chianti, and a range of grappa, limoncello and amaretto.

Service

Warm and welcoming in this family-run restaurant, with hands-on service from patriarch Enrico.

Ambience

Cosy, in the comfort zone – from smart linen table settings to timber-clad walls and a fireplace in winter.

Best for…

An intimate table for two. This osteria lives up to the meaning of its name – a village meeting place where you share the simple things in life – like good food and wine.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    We have been visiting Osterio Tarantino since it first opened and have always had excellent food and service. However last week was an exception. The three is us arrived at 6.30 and initially received the normal wonderful welcome but once other diners arrived we were virtually ignored. We even had to request a glass of wine as none was offered. We were told of the starter and after some consideration decided we would like one to share and one of the waiters took our order and also the order for our main courses. We did not receive our starter and my main course was not what I ordered delicious though it was. To top it all when our hostess received the bill she had been charged fo the starter. I know we will go back despite all that and hope our next visit will be as it has always been.
    if there was a sixth button I would have given 6 starts. exceptional experience. food was absolutely delicious. a must visit if you love real authentic italian. love
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