When it arrives to Cape Town Italian eating places, specifically pizzas and pastas I am a snob. Indeed I admit it, I am a total pasta snob. Pasta wants to be cooked to perfection… al dente. Si! Not gentle not uncooked but al dente… Toss it on the ceiling if you require to but make confident its appropriate.
Il Leone need to be a single of the greatest Italian dining establishments in Cape City and a single its very best retained secrets and techniques. I 1st discovered this pleasant tiny place on a company lunch – I.e. an excuse to escape the workplace, pretend to discuss about crucial issues and drink genuine Italian wine. Our waiter had an genuine Italian accent, a excellent signal until I spoke Italian with him and he stared blankly again at me – born and bred South African – our falso-italiano. He did even so have an incredible expertise at picking our dishes for us and choosing precisely what we needed to buy. For me he selected the Tagliatelle ai Porcini (indeed- new porcini mushrooms in Africa!) in an olive oil and garlic sauce. The planet all around me ceased to exist – wow. All I can say is that it was perfetto. The ideal combination of flavour and texture and I even experienced some takeaways! He also chose the Penne Gamberetti and Scallopine di Vitello con Porcini (vealescalopes) for the others. Getting The Gypsy and Company Industry Report that I am I naturally sampled these way too and have to confess that they also have been amazing. Il Leone certainly falls under my prime eating places in Cape City for environment and excellent food, and the Tagliatelle ai Porcini as a single of my favourite dishes.
This quaint Italian restaurant is situated in Inexperienced Level, not considerably from the V&A Waterfront and Beluga. The ambience is lovely – It is cosy and quite wise, and usually would seem to be occupied. They could also include a number of cheaper wine choices to the menu but otherwise its wonderful! Services is also fantastic. I not too long ago took my girls there for our regular monthly ladies night and by the finish of the evening they all walked out converts. Our tradition is to discover a new cafe or bar once a month and they’ve been begging to go back again for seconds. Two dishes that also took my breath away in pure deliciousness have been the butternut ravioli in a 4 cheese sauce and the huge artichoke and ricotta panzotti in a butter and sage sauce. Wine: we suggest the Italian Frascati. Complete perfection and you do not even need to have to go to Italy. This is certainly a single of Cape Town’s greatest Italian dining places!