When finding Italian restaurants comes to Cape City Italian eating places, exclusively pizzas and pastas I am a snob. Sure I confess it, I am a total pasta snob. Pasta wants to be cooked to perfection… al dente. Si! Not delicate not raw but al dente… Toss it on the ceiling if you require to but make confident its right.
Il Leone need to be 1 of the ideal Italian dining places in Cape City and 1 its very best retained tricks. I very first discovered this pleasant small place on a company lunch – I.e. an excuse to escape the workplace, faux to chat about crucial issues and consume genuine Italian wine. Our waiter had an authentic Italian accent, a very good indicator until I spoke Italian with him and he stared blankly back at me – born and bred South African – our falso-italiano. He did nevertheless have an wonderful expertise at selecting our dishes for us and deciding on precisely what we desired to buy. For me he selected the Tagliatelle ai Porcini (yes- new porcini mushrooms in Africa!) in an olive oil and garlic sauce. The globe around me ceased to exist – wow. All I can say is that it was perfetto. The best combination of flavour and texture and I even had some takeaways! He also chose the Penne Gamberetti and Scallopine di Vitello con Porcini (vealescalopes) for the other people. Being the addict that I am I certainly sampled these as well and have to admit that they also have been wonderful. Il Leone absolutely falls below my prime eating places in Cape City for atmosphere and great meals, and the Tagliatelle ai Porcini as one of my favorite dishes.
This quaint Italian restaurant is situated in Environmentally friendly Level, not significantly from the V&A Waterfront and Beluga. The ambience is lovely – It is cosy and very sensible, and constantly would seem to be active. They could also add a couple of cheaper wine choices to the menu but normally its fabulous! Provider is also fantastic. I lately took my girls there for our monthly ladies evening and by the conclude of the night they all walked out converts. Our tradition is to check out a new cafe or bar when a month and they’ve been begging to go back again for seconds. Two dishes that also took my breath away in pure deliciousness ended up the butternut ravioli in a 4 cheese sauce and the giant artichoke and ricotta panzotti in a butter and sage sauce. Wine: we suggest the Italian Frascati. Complete perfection and you do not even require to go to Italy. This is definitely one particular of Cape Town’s best Italian restaurants!