Contrary to popular belief, licking the Mona Lisa will only give you a taste of acrylic paint, varnish, and possibly the business end of a guard’s nightstick. If you’re looking for a true taste of Italy, sink your teeth into anything on Osteria Tre Nonni’s menu to the value of R300 for R129.
Nestled in the quiet and peaceful Craighall Park, a meal in the relaxed ambience of Osteria Tre Nonni is better than a packed lunch on the steps of The Colesseum. With the scents of genuine Italian cuisine wafting through the entire restaurant, it’ll be totally understandable if you’re shocked when the waiters take your order in English rather than Italian. Though the five-star interior and white linen could bring to mind some snootier restaurants, the friendly vibe will prove you wrong.
Keeping in line with their authentic Italian flair, the menu contains nothing but true Italian culinary delights. Enjoy anything from the menu, whether it’s the Sogliola Grigliata from the pesce section of the menu, the delicious grilled East coast sole, marinated in origanum and lemon or the Vitello Pizzaiola from the carni section, veal smothered in napolitana, capers, anchovies, olives and mozzarella, all their dishes are served looking more like artwork than nibbles. For the herbivores and herbivoyeurs, there are a wide range of pastas, such as the Gnocchetti di Gorgonzola, a ricotta cheese and spinach gnocchi with cream of gorgonzola. For those with a dolce dente, indulge in something like Dolce Dela Nonna; amaretto biscuits soaked in marsala and covered with zabaglione, cream, pecan nuts and grated chocolate.
Like a cupcake without icing is nothing more than a sad muffin, a good meal without a just-as-good drink to accompany it is just incomplete. Choose from a selection of the best French, Italian and local wines and maybe take along an Italian phrase book so you can toast to the success of your meal in style; “cento di questi giorni” is a good one.
No matter what chow you decide to tantalise your taste buds with, ensure that you’re sharing it with the right person; set up a sneaky, romantic wooing session for your special friend or if you just feel like imitating The Godfather with a buddy.
Pasta Fact: Though many people are under the impression that pasta was invented in Italy, there is evidence that it was actually first created in Mexico. An essay dating back to 1100 contains the first pasta recipe and a sketch of a girl with an alice-band – said to be the creator of the dish.