You will notice that we do not include prices in our online menus. While we have our reasons, we understand your need for a good value-for-money Italian meal in Cape Town, without being ripped off. We also know that there are many restaurants who take advantage of Cape Town’s tourists by charging like wounded bulls. Just like you, we believe that’s just not cricket. However, we also don’t believe in sacrificing quality and so…
Our prices are reasonable, but we’re not “cheap”
Just like you, we love good food…
Oh wait, no!
We are obsessed with enjoying good food and sharing our space and time with people like you who believe that life is too short to eat average food and drink bad wine. And so we’re not cheap. If you’re looking for a cheap bowl of uninspiring and insipid pasta, or — heaven forbid — a deep crust pizza (shock, horror!) may we respectfully suggest that there are other Italian dining options that might suit you better.
But if you too are passionate about wholesome, hearty Italian fare and don’t want to be ripped off, why not give us a try? You will find — just like the recent diners who sang our praises at the bottom of this page — that we offer incredibly good and authentic Italian food at reasonable prices.
We’re located in a residential area in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, far away from all the touristy attractions in Cape Town. On an average night, 83% of our diners have visited us more than 3 times in the preceding 3 months (many visit 3 or more times per week!). We know this because we are fixated on building a long-term friendship with repeat visitors, and so we track these stats carefully. Locals know when a restaurant is a rip-off, and if our prices were sky-high, they certainly wouldn’t return.
“A Tavola is consistently full on any night of the week, and in Cape Town, locals vote with their wallets. They must be doing something right.” — A recently overheard guest comment
In fact, many of our European visitors tell us our imported wine prices are cheaper than they pay in Europe. Even regulars encourage us to increase our prices so that they can more easily get last minute tables – go figure!
To give you an idea of our pricing, we are listed as “Mid-range” on Wikitravel. Our starters range between R58 for Zucchini Fritti (deep-fried baby marrow chips) and R92 for Steak Tartare. Our generous pasta dishes (that don’t need to be “upsized” for a filling meal) range between R118 and R145. Secondi dishes (meat and fish) range between R135 and R185.
You might also be interested in our extensive yet reasonably priced wine list.
So, now you know our pricing philosophy. While we’ve explained what our menu items cost, you can’t put a price on the experience our friendly waitrons and expert kitchen staff have in store for you 😉
“Great service, nice venue, good dom pedro, yeah yeah blah blah blah, listen guys. We need to talk about this gnocci. This was the BEST gnocci I have ever had in my entire life. I nearly cried. It was on the specials menu rather than the every day menu, which is the only reason I won't be there every single day eating this ridiculously heavenly gnocci that I'm pretty sure was made by the gods themselves. The cannelloni was really good too but honestly, that gnocci has spoiled me for all food forever. Never again will I enjoy anything quite that much.”
“Fantastic Italian food great service super friendly staff. I had two amazing meals here the pasta is superb and the best Italian food I have ever eaten. Highly recommended. Only open on Sunday lunchtimes during winter.”
“A wonderful culinary experience! We were made to feel very welcome, luckily we reserved a table beforehand, as, although the rainy, cold weather was pre eland in Cape Town, the restaurant was quite full. The staff were friendly from the moment we arrived and were always on hand at our table to answer queries. We were pleasantly surprised with the extensive menu.”
“This team works hard to maintain high standards. The food is fresh, well prepared and offers seasonal delights. Look at the seasonal menu before looking at the regular one. Staff have been here for a long time.. A good sign.”
“How often can I return? Each time is as good as the last! Superb Italian fare without exception. I had Penne Amatriciana and my wife Linguine with prawns. I will return,again and again. A "must do" for any visit to Cape Town”
“If there was a category for consistently good restaurants, this spot would be top of the list. We have dined here a couple of times and have never been disappointed. The service (from booking a table to being served the meal) is very comfortable, the food unleashes memories of magnificent Italy and the price is reasonable.”
“From the time we walked in, to be seated at our reserved table, until the courteous greeting as we left, everything was right. Wines were available as ordered, all menu items were available, and our waiter brought food to the table, and, without questioning or hesitation, it was placed before the diner who had ordered it. Our table of six ordered a wide selection of starters, main courses and desserts, all of which appeared to have been made using authentic Italian recipes. All hot dishes arrived at the table piping hot, and all were found to be attractively presented and delicious. Lovely desserts and full flavoured coffee provided a suitable conclusion to a great experience.”