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Whilst breakfasts see an abundance of homemade breads, croissants, crostinis, panino and great coffee on offer, lunch and dinner are the main events.
The menu is a celebration of old-fashioned Italian favourites. It’s divided into insalata (salads), antipasto (starters), primo (first course – pasta dishes), secondo (second course – meat dishes) and daily specials.
Salads are chock-full of leafy greens topped with scrumptious combinations of toppings from the deli. They’re tasty, but who wants to order salad when there’s homemade pasta on offer? And the assortment is all-encompassing: everything from tagliatelle to capellini, panzerotti to gnocchi; all hand-made and each as delicious as the next. The ravioli con funghi porcini – parcels filled with ricotta and porcini mushrooms in a burnt butter and sage sauce – is superb. Another noteworthy primo (albeit pasta-less) is the melanzane: wafer-thin slices of aubergine, richly sauced and oozing with cheese – it’s unlikely you’ll find better one across Johannesburg.
For secondo you’ll find a selection of predominantly veal, chicken and fish dishes, all delicately prepared. The only downside to these dishes is the accompanying 80s-style carrots, green beans and roast potatoes.
For dessert, there’s lots to choose from, including a great affogato, a perfect tiramisu and devilishly good cannoli Siciliani. The homemade gelato is unmissable.
A great wine list with an abundance by the glass. Nice mix of both local and Italian varietals.
It’s upmarket without being overly fussy. The inside area is divided into two sections: one area that weaves around the deli and a slightly more secluded adjoining section for those wanting something a little more formal. There’s also seating on the shaded veranda – perfect for afternoon lunches.
Fantastic from start to end. Waiters work collectively, ensuring your every need is met. They’re well-versed on the menu and are great at giving suggestions. There’s always a smiling face to greet you at the door and tables are draped in crisp linen, decorated with fresh flowers and laden with complimentary bread baskets, homemade tapenades and delectable butter.
Business lunches, romantic dinners and family celebrations.
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