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A series of blackboards showcase a range of classic pizzas and characterful pasta dishes. To start, tuck into a seasonal salad such as the artichoke, avocado and nut salad topped with mozzarella, or a brinjal tower.
Available pasta includes linguine, tagliatelle, penne and gnocchi. A simple napolitana consisting of tomato and organum is flavourful and aromatic. Then there’s the puttanesca, which takes it a step further by adding anchovies, capers and olives to the napolitana. Pizza is the heart of the menu – Tracy’s special consists of delicious toppings with added extras. The base consists of peppers, mushrooms, olives, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, chili and other toppings, with the option to add mince, bacon or other meats to this vegetarian pizza. Devour a bacon, avocado and pizza with crumbled feta. The thin base is delicate and fine, as all good pizza bases should be. Slightly crispier bacon would make this the finest pizza in Johannesburg.
For dessert, savour Italian kisses or sorbet.
The wine list is ample and includes wine by the glass and bottle. Neil Ellis Shiraz is among the selection of red wines available and Spier Creative Block Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent accompaniment to pizza. Soda cans are also available and the creamy cappuccino is a delight.
The service is possibly what makes Trabella feel like a neighbourhood diner. Locals greet the waitrons with familiarity, and Tracy is on hand to welcome diners in a colourful Hawaiian shirt.
Trabella’s cool décor consists of school-like chairs, black paint from floor to ceiling, blackboards on the walls and candles on the table. The intimate restaurant invites you to feast for hours, while its casual and contemporary style envelopes you.
Magnificent pizza in an unpretentious and understated bastion of cool.
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