Run by a brother and sister team, True Italic boasts traditional Italian food made from family recipes, without fuss or overt flair. The menu changes daily according to seasonality, and the hearty dishes are ideal for sharing.
Start with a selection of antipasti: The antipasto d’inverno (Parma ham, pickled Table Mountain-foraged mushrooms and garlic bread) packs a punch of garlic and is a fantastic first dish. The salsiccia fritta (deep-fried sausage meatball on Italian tomato) is somewhat of a letdown, as it lacks flavour and texture.
The beef ragu, served with homemade tagliatelle, is hearty and rich, but the gnocchi served with West Coast mussels and cherry tomatoes is the real winner here – fresh and flavoursome.
The home-made panna cotta served with marmalade is inspired. It’s not set with gelatine, so it’s somewhere between a set custard and a panna cotta, and it is heavenly. The tart marmalade is the perfect companion to the creaminess.
The ratio of chocolate to biscuit in the home-made chocolate salame is heavily weighted to the biscuit side, so give it a skip if you’re after a decadent chocolate dessert. It does, however, pair wonderfully with a shot of espresso.
A substantial selection of both South African and Italian wines, available by the carafe or the bottle, as well as an obligatory selection of Italian liquors.
Service is friendly and informative. Prepare to settle in for the evening: The food comes out of the kitchen at a moderate pace.
Casual and rustic. An eclectic collection of art adorns the exposed brick walls. Most patrons appear to be tourists, with a variety of languages hanging in the air.
A casual meal with friends.
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True Italic is quite definitively authentic Italian. Unlike a few other places in Cape Town which mean well, but completely shoot off the mark when it comes to italian cuisine, True Italic delivers fantastic food, created and honed by a fantastic chef.
The style is Osteria food or Home-style food. It offers the best of traditional italian food staying away from overplayed and overdone cliche's that you will find elsewhere.
From a great selection of locally sourced and imported ingredients, the restaurant has no fixed menu and thus appeals even to the fussiest eater.
I've recommended this place to many people who ask for the best italian restaurant in town and I have yet to hear rebuttals.
The pasta is home made and served in a variety of methods. Gorgonzola Gnocchi have become my favourite dish along with the absolutely exceptional Parmigiana which words fail to adequately describe.
Quite simply, a delicious experience with delicious food crafted with the pallet in mind.
A little taste of Italy in Africa!
If i had to describe True Italic with a word, this would be SIMPLICITY.
Authentic Italian cuisine, fantastic vibe and service.
The menu changes everyday, homemade pasta, bread, gnocchi made one by one with a spoon (exactly as in Italy).. it makes me feel at home.
Before trying True Italic, I'd never found a place abroad where you can feel the real and authentic taste of the Italian cuisine. Unfortunately, I am used to restaurants that pretend to be "Italian", that's why I try to avoid them when I travel. But the first time I went to True Italic, I was shocked: no "pasta Alfredo", no creamy or chili stuffs, no fake "fettuccine marinara o napoletana" (these words actually make NO SENSE), and Italian words spelled correctly in the menu!
Dina De Bruyn
The worst Italian food I have ever eaten , everything was either burned or raw and cold. Raw, cold risotto and spaghetti - not pleasant, but if it has no taste on top of it .... We shared the cheese fondue as a starter, but the croutons were huge and burned. We used our bread that was put on the table in the end.
And not cheap and cheerful at least to make up for it.
Overpriced, three plates of pasta (one had so much garlic, had to swap it for another without garlic (as my wife is garlic and cream allergic) , one whisky and one 200ml bottle of sparkling wine R775.00. So where they get the average price per head at R150 is nonsense. None of the Primi or Secondi dishes cost less than R150.00. A RIP OFF they get away with as the have a Daily Menu. To top it all my Prawns (3 Queen Only) with Saffron was about 200g of food (portions are small) at R175.00 with my wifes two portions of Tagliatelle Porcini cost me R310.00 as I had to pay for the plate sent back.
A night NOT TO REMEMBER!!
Authentic, delicious, home-made pasta served in a cosy, unexpected setting that makes you want to go back from more. The gnocchi with sausage ragu was soft, rich and comforting. Friends had the mushroom tagliatelle and the parmigiana, and raved about both. Definitely planning a repeat visit.