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“Simple Tasty Pasta”

Il Leone Mastrantonio
Ranked #34 of 1,196 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: During our recent visit to Cape Town, we ate at this restaurant on the strong recommendation from the owner of our hotel. He was right! Very good good, BYOB nad great staff and a very friendly efficnet waitress. great food...highly recommended
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Our family decided on Italian & we landed up at Il Leone, thanks to TA. Our table was not ready when we arrived, but we had been fore-warned & it was great to sit in their waiting area where we were speedily served with some drinks. In a couple of minutes, we were shown to our table & the prompt & efficient service continued.

The restaurant has quite a quaint feel to it - I'm not sure if it used to be an old house which has been renovated. It has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Each of us chose a pasta dish & every plate was polished clean - not one of us could fault any of the dishes at all. Each of them were simple, yet very tasty dishes.

We wouldn't have any reservation in recommending this restaurant.

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Thank Karen F
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

This a great place to chill and have a great meal! You may need to book before hand. When you finished eating, they have a lounge that you can have coffee.

Thank Geoffrey A
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

We really enjoyed our starters: mussels and the melanzane alla parmigiano. Very generous portions and so delicious! Our mains consisted of the special of the day 'linguini con gamberi' and then veal saltimbocca. They were both excellent, although we felt the special of the day was overpriced compared to the rest of the pasta dishes on the menu. Further we were really happy with the attentive service and a nice busy restaurant. Perhaps the decor should reflect their delightful menu a bit more. We look forward to our next visit.

Thank Mangiare27
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

As another reviewer mentioned, we were thankful to find such a great restaurant open on a Sunday night, but Il Leone Mastrantonio would easily qualify as a wonderful dinner any night of the week. The restaurant is located on a quiet and small street and you enter through an unassuming entrance to find a spare yet charming dining room filled with a warm glow, the soft murmur of conversation, and the occasional happy clinking of forks on plates.

Since it was a late dinner for us, we only had appetizers and some pasta but all of it was terrific. We started with the Carpaccio di Manzo and the Calamari Grigliati. While the carpaccio was good, the calamari really stood out - they were sweet, juicy, and tender accented with a delightful lightly charred taste. Appetizers were followed by the house made gnocchi with 4 cheese sauce and the prawn pasta special. The gnocchi were pillowy, light, yet with just the right amount of chewiness and they were enrobed in a creamy and cheesy sauce. We ordered the special prawn pasta and it was delicious. The pasta was perfectly cooked and we loved the combination of the sweetness of the prawns and tomatoes with the earthiness of the pine nuts and the spiciness from the rocket. That said, I'm not sure if it was spectacular enough to be significantly more expensive than the other pastas when I'm pretty sure the other ones would have been really delicious as well. The wine list was good with a selection of bottles in all price ranges.

The service was excellent - from the friendly hostess upon arrival to the attentive yet unobtrusive server who made our meal such a casual, comfortable, and gratifying experience.

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Thank sashapie
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

Our son and wife told us that this was their favourite restaurant in Cape Town and quite easy to see why. Everything about the evening was excellent. Our waiter was excellent and gave good advice, ambience in the restaurant was great and what can I say about the food, I enjoyed every mouthful. As I said Italian cooking at it's absolute best. A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all and it was worth every cent, and their were a lot of cents but we had ourselves a great evening. I can but only recommend this restaurant. Go and eat for yourselves.

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Thank StephenXXXXX
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