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This warm and cosy trattoria is a slice of authentic Italian cuisine heaven made simply and with love, telling the story of generations of the proprietors’ way of cooking where they grew up in Romagna, on the Adriatic coast of Italy.
The signature starter of peppered mushrooms served with crostini comes highly recommended. Fresh, flavoursome and with a moreish broth in which to dip the crostini, it’s a real palate tantaliser.
Home-made pasta is of course par for the course, with fresh flavours based on recipes that have taken years to refine. The tagliatella della Tina, for instance, is based on the proprietors’ grandmother’s original Bolognese sauce recipe. But there’s also room for experimentation with dishes like black pasta, which has been infused with squid ink, and tastes of the goodness of the sea with prawns, mussels and pieces of the line fish.
For the lasagne, they use a spinach pasta dough, and there’s also a lovely selection of ravioli and gnocchi dishes from which to choose. The Cousins’ signature pasta is a creamy, cheesy tagliolini served with cream, mushroom and thyme, and tossed in a wheel of Grana Padano cheese right in front of you before it’s dished up at the table with a flourish.
There’s something deeply satisfying about a coffee-infused dessert after a tasty home-made Italian dish. The affogato al caffe won’t disappoint. Think espresso ice cream meets 33% cream-based tartufo bianco ice cream with Italian meringue and a shot of espresso coffee to pour over the ice cream. Heaven!
In addition to a fairly extensive wine list, there’s a choice section of cocktails, spirits and Italian liquors. Try out the negroni, a pre-dinner cocktail made with gin, Campari bitter, vermouth red and orange. On offer are also Italian liquors such as Grappa Alexander and Amaretto di Saronno to be enjoyed as apéritifs or digestifs.
Reservations are essential as this establishment is only open for four hours a night. Book well in advance, but you’ll find the reservation process to be pain-free. You can either send a request to book on the website, mail them, call in the afternoon or WhatsApp. They’re quick to respond on either platform and at pains to accommodate everyone. The waitrons are knowledgeable about the menu and friendly, treating regular guests like old friends.
The vibe is warm and cosy, while elegant. The bowler hats hanging from the ceiling as pendant lights and giant metal cutlery sculptures on the walls add character, while the gently worn wooden furniture gives the restaurant a cheery hominess. Sultry and joyful jazzy tunes play gently in the background and the black-and-white photographs of the cousins’ nonna making pasta and a close-up of hands kneading dough remind the guests that this is a restaurant built on love – for family and good food.
Authentic Italian food with a personal touch.
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