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This is your typical neighbourhood Italian restaurant, which many of the local regulars swear serves some of the best pizzas in town. They wouldn’t be wrong. It’s been going for about 10 years and is run by Ilse Secchi who used to run the Gala deli-diner years ago and Marietjie Gevers, the former head of TUT’s food department. They have an extensive menu of various Italian specialities, from pastas to veal dishes, Osso Buco to Napolitana Lamb Puttanesca … and even interesting variations on local favourites such as tripe prepared the Italian way and Cape Malay chicken curry. However, our party of four unanimously agree that it was their pizzas that we would all come back for, with their extra crispy thin bases, wood-smoked flavour and generous toppings. Try their namesake, Pizza Piccola, with its generous toppings of Mozzarella & gorgonzola, rosa tomatoes, pesto, mushrooms, & olives. Our party of four made very short work of it, as well as the other pizza ordered, the Carne, aimed at the meat lover. Unfortunately, the other two dishes ordered were rather disappointing – the Osso Buco was quite flavourless and the Pollo Involtino, while tasty, was quite dry. The only pasta we tried came as a side to the Pollo and seemed to be perfectly cooked.
Desserts were also a bit of a let-down, with only a couple on offer – one of those, a tasty-sounding Panna Cotta “with exotic fruity topping” was unavailable on the night and the tiramisu, which we eventually ordered, arrived half frozen. All in all, the highlight of Piccola Italia, is definitely the pizzas!
They offer a range of reasonably priced entry level wines from good estates. Their house wine is imported from Italy and can also be ordered by the glass. There are also other alcoholic options such as beers, ciders, spirits and liqueurs, as well as your standard non-alcoholic choices.
Service was very average on the night. With about 10 tables inside and a few outside, they only had one waiter on duty who struggled a bit in the beginning to service everyone adequately. The owner made a brief appearance at the end, but service was nothing to write home about.
If you blink you may miss it as the restaurant is so small …. just enough space for a few tables inside and outside. It has the requisite Italian pictures on the walls inside and everything is open-plan, with diners able to watch all the action in the kitchen from their tables. I’d imagine the outside tables would be perfect for balmy summer evenings – although your view is onto a shopping centre parking lot. The restaurant offers wine tastings once a month. This includes a four-course menu with each course paired with a different wine, all priced at R380.
The best pizza.
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Horrible food. The service is shockingly bad. My family and I were racially abused and sworn at by the owners and waitress. They even swore at my son. I'm just warming people not to go there in case you are treated the same way.