Try a taste of Italy during your luxury Cape Town holiday
If your idea of Italian fare leans more towards a comforting carbonara than a greasy take away pizza, look to these luxury Cape Town eateries, where the Italians go when they long for a taste of home.
You’ll feel right at home at this Pinelands eatery with its retro ‘70s décor where the hospitality is as warm as the perfectly orchestrated meals. Upon arrival owner-chef Ezio will introduce you to the specialities of the day, which he and partner Franco prepare with love and flare every evening. T
heir antipasti is the perfect start to any meal and the Tagliata Fiorentina, composed of tender fillet dressed with an olive oil, balsamic vinegar and herb sauce, never fails to disappoint.
Doubling up as a deli with a full range of charcuterie, cheeses and sweets, True Italic is an unpretentious family-run osteria in lower Bree Street. Simple, fresh and flavourful meals are what you can expect from Chef Luca Di Pasquale who learned the tricks of his trade in Italy.
The tagliate-style fillet, home-made rigatoni alla sicula with slow-cooked lamb sauce or the gnocchi with saffron and pecorino, will whisk you on whimsical journey to your hosts’ homeland while dining here.
Il Leone Mastarantonio
This vibey Green Point eatery draws the crowds with its carpaccio di pesce, prepared from the freshly caught catch of the day and Parma ham with spanspek and rocket. Five-star presentation isn’t top of mind, but what you will get is authentic Italian fare perfectly prepared without compromising on tradition. Non-pasta loving friends can look forward to chicken, veal and lamb prepared as-you-like-it.
Rated by Fodor’s as a don’t-miss daytime stop off, Giovanni’s in Green Point offers a wide range of European treats like French champagne, truffle oil, cheese and cured meats.
Pop in for ready-made comfort food like spaghetti and meatballs, or freshly prepared platters of antipasto and Italian-style sandwiches. Simply choose your meal, ask for it to be warmed if necessary and head to the outside tables to mingle with the trending crowds while you enjoy it.
These aren’t the only places to indulge in a European dining extravaganza during your luxury Cape Town holiday either. You could also visit Balducci’s at the V&A, Posticcino in Sea Point and Hout Bay, Mitico in Gardens, 95 Keerom Street in the CBD, Mamma Roma in Newlands and Osteria Tarantino along Waterkant Street.