At the bottom, business-end of Bree Street there is a true taste of Emilia-Romagna and Sicily, where simplicity trumps pretention. This popular osteria, owned and run by chef Luca Di Pasquale, is cosy and comforting with its brick walls sporting football jerseys, and uncompromising when it comes to quality.
Luca cooks from the heart, in a regional country style. He loves the stories behind each food product, and is an ingredient aficionada. His favourite ingredients are extra virgin olive oil and flour, and fresh ingredients are ordered daily, like cheese from an Italian cheesemaker. The dish that best showcases his personality, one which regulars always ask for, is the tagliatelle sausage ragu. Others return for the melanzane parmigiana, always on the menu and a must for vegetarians and carnivores alike. The pasta is handmade, and the Sicilian sausage crafted from his grandfather’s recipe.
Tradition and travel, especially on the Italian peninsula, have influenced his style. The wine list offers local and Italian wines, and Luca’s special Grappa, the perfect climax to what is sure to be a heart-warming, flavour-filled meal.
The experience at True Italic is rustic and relaxed, as Luca believes that for a meal to be memorable, the service needs to be as good as the food. If you are looking for a secret sanctuary that seats up to 40 diners, look no further than downstairs, where friends and family come together in true Italian style – over superlative food.
“Heritage and nostalgia influence my food – totally.” Chef Luca Di Pasquale
Address: 15 Bree Street, Cape Town, 8000
Contact: 021 418 7655