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“Authentic Italian / Sicilian food in unlikely location !”
Review of Il Cappero

Il Cappero
Ranked #470 of 1,173 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed November 28, 2011

Having been referred to the restaurant by a colleague whose opinion I respect, my expectations were high...so on a very blustery Saturday night our party of 8 were warmly greeted at the door by our host and owner, Aldo. The restaurant is located in a rather insalubrious part of town, but we experienced no problems and parking was easy to find. The food was outstanding. The starters were slightly higher priced than expected, but worth every cent ! They were original, fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. The mains were comparatively cheap, but just as delicious. For dessert we tried the tiramisu (fantastic), semifreddo (excellent), and an interesting 600 year old recipe of jasmine ice-cream. The wines were reasonably priced and the service efficient. Overall, it was a great dining experience, and Il Cappero is a very welcome addition to the rather jaded selection of Italian restaurants in Cape Town.

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Reviewed November 13, 2011

Spectacular Italian food with a great host with his wife in the kitchen that manages an authentic italian restaurant

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Thank ChiragCaoeTown
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

Located next to the Parliament Hotel in Cape Town, this en famille restaurant is run by owners Aldo Bezzicheri and Cetti Romano.

Our dinner started to the memorable strains of Nina Rota’s haunting score from Visconti’s epic film Il Gattopardo (The Leopard), which was being screened in the background. As we uncorked a bottle of Sicilian red, Nero d’Avola, the film brought the eternal landscape of that stony island into the room while transporting us to a bygone era.

This year marks 150 years since the formation of the first Italian parliament following the military exploits of Garibaldi, a tumultuous period captured in Visconti’s motion picture. In celebration, for one week Bezzicheri presented a menu based on dishes from 1860.

The starters were among the best I’ve had in any Italian restaurant. The ‘caponata di melanzane’ – fried brinjals, sprinkled with blanched almonds, has an intense sweet and sour sauce produced by cooking capers, tomatoes, celery and olives in vinegar and sugar. It tastes like a miraculously reduced form of ratatouille.

The ‘carciofi ai 4 succhi’ – artichoke hearts cooked in a pungent marinade of white vinegar with the juices of lemons, clementines and oranges, to which is added anchovies and capers, was moreish to say the least.

As we watched the Prince of Salina (Burt Lancaster) cut through a pile of flat breads at the banqueting table – as tradition dictates to the host – our main courses arrived.

These were a little too authentic. The ‘coniglio alla stimpirata’ (meaning “not too hot, not too cold”) is rabbit slowly cooked in a pan with honey and vinegar. Removing the meat from the two little legs involved more work than flaying a chicken wing and with small reward. The ‘timballo del principe’ (Prince’s pasta) is macaroni with chicken liver, chicken breast, quail egg, mushrooms and creamy beef stock and ham, baked inside a pastry crust. Sounds extravagant, but it was too dry and somewhat stodgy.

Regulars assure me that the normal menu is of the same heavenly standard as the starters; other food reviewers verify this.

For dessert I can recommend the biancomangiare (which does not mean “white people eating”), a kind of panna cotta with white chocolate and an explosion of jasmine perfume, apparently loved by the real historical ‘Leopard’ of Visconti’s film.

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Thank BrentMeersman
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

Forget the big draw card "Italian" restaurants in Cape Town. If home-styled Sicilian cuisine prepared with soul is what you're after then Il Cappero will not dissapoint. Don't expect pasta as dished up in the modified version for local palate. These are dishes that transport you to Italy in a flash and bring a smile to your face and a warm content feeling. Grazie,grazie,grazie......I will be back!

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Thank davide_casalvolone
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Reviewed August 5, 2011

My husband and I have just returned from travelling in Italy and were desperate for some more of the wonderful food we had enjoyed in Italy. Il Cappero was recommended to us by a local Italian gentleman. We were not disappointed by his recommendation. The Restaurant is cosy, the Owner Aldo (his wife does the cooking) and our charming waitron Consuela were welcoming and wonderfully helpful when it came to discussing the specials on the day as well as the dishes available on their standard menu. Our starters were divine; aubergine souffle served with a sweet red pepper relish. For mains I had Risotto with Saffron and my Husband had Siciian Fish Balls served with a tomato based sauce and wild rice - both dishes were superb and satisfying. For dessert we had home made biscotti served with a dessert wine - again an excellent choice. We left the Restaurant happy and well fed and will definitely be back for another meal.

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Thank ekrobertson
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