Pesce Azzurro

5 Reviews
Bistro fare, Italian, Mediterranean, Tapas
Phone Number 0214472009 Opening Hours Breakfast Lunch Dinner


Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30pm to 10pm

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Menu - Pesco Azzurro Menu - Updated April 2018


Bistro fare, Italian, Mediterranean, Tapas
Groups, Quick meals
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Beer served, Booking required, Child friendly, Dinner, Dog-friendly, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Wheelchair, WiFi

Owner's description

This is a seafood, Italian bistro located in a trendy and Bohemian pate of Cape Town (Upper Woodstock). Mediterranean and tapas can be found on the menu. Fresh seafood dishes is also a specialty.


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User reviews

5 Reviews
    Fantastic authentic Italian - clearly patronized by Italians! Share a few starters and then dive into the pasta. Delicious al dente ribbons with delicate seafood sauces. The gnocchi with fish ragu was an unexpected highlight! They have just recently got their license so no need to take your own wine any more.
    Best italian food we have had. The 5 tapas starter is a must. No liquor license, take your own wine.
    What an experience! I was warned that the chef was grumpy and the service slow. What is happening to South Africans? Don’t you understand the meaning of dolce farniente? Tuna tartare: superb. Mussels: superb. Whole grilled Red Roman (touché!) served with fresh white asparagus: excellent. In spite of a full restaurant Andrea, Judith and Lynn were omnipresent without being intrusive. Worth a detour? Absolutely! Bravo!
    We were a table of 7. Two people got their food the rest waited an extra 30 minutes. When my pasta came it was undercooked. Chef is arrogant and zero customer service!!Refused to listen. I then waited half an hour and a waiter then comes and says chef refuses to make the dish for me. Huh?? When I confront him he says too bad, he has worked hard all day and my dish was fine. Seriously!? Why didn’t he tell me that up front?? And he is wrong. A couple of us tasted it and it was raw and completely different to another dish of the same. Will never go there again! They don’t understand customer service at all.
    A friend invited me to join her for supper at Pesce Azurro a week ago with the comment "don't hold it against me if it's a disaster", which prompted me to google some reviews. Well, forewarned is forearmed, and I'm happy to say that we walked in saying "buona sera" with an attitude of acceptance, and we had a lovely evening. They must also be doing something right to have a full restaurant on a cold Monday evening in winter in Cape Town, without any "winter special". Or maybe the negative reviews have made them up their game a bit. Wanting just a relatively quick meal, we didn't try any of the starters although we wondered if we should have ordered something to keep us going if the service turned out to be as slow as some patrons have reported. Thankfully, despite the number of other guests there was no unreasonable delay. Disappointingly the homemade pasta was not interchangeable for the pasta in other dishes on the menu, but the reviews had somewhat forewarned us that the chef might have an uncompromising attitude. Nonetheless our waitress sweetly told us that if it were up to her she would arrange it. My friend tried in vain to get homemade pasta instead of chips with her Calamari alla Griglia, and rather reluctantly settled for grilled vegetables instead; these turned out to be an excellent choice: nicely grilled slices of aubergine, peppers and squash, beautifully presented and garnished. I was perfectly satisfied with my Spaghetti Scoglio, (although I would have loved homemade pasta!!) which was palatable enough for those who are scared off by too much chilli. Unfortunately, the cannoli was unavailable for dessert that night (and not on the website menu at time of writing) so we decided to share a portion of tiramisu, described as Grandma's recipe; after the high standard of the meal, we found this disappointing; it was a smallish portion served in a whisky-sized glass, and the flavour was a bit insipid. However the coffees were good. We will definitely return for a repeat visit, and I look forward to trying the cannoli next time.

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