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“Best Italian restaurant in SA, never mind Swellendam”

La Sosta Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 37 Restaurants in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $32 - $37
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: La Sosta is a FINE DINING Restaurant. A modern and contemporary Italian Restaurant wOrking with 3 Different Tasting Menu . EatOut Award 2014 BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN SOUTH AFRICA Reservations are recommended.
Cape Town
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Best Italian restaurant in SA, never mind Swellendam”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

Being a chef myself, I am not often blown away by places that are 3 hours outside of Cape Town.
This little gem in the heart of Swellendam is probably the best Italian restaurant in South Africa!

What a find! I would happily drive 3 hours just to eat here again. Seriously, its that good!

  • Visited November 2013
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Franschhoek, South Africa
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73 reviews
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“Best Italian food ever, in South Africa!”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

We had the best Italian dinner ever here. In the middle of country side South Africa.
Choose the four course menu and do what the Italians used to do.
Start with antipasta, afterwards a nice pasta dish (in case they have porcini or mushroom, go for that! but other also great) and third course of course a nice italian meat or fish dish. Delicious.
Sweet courses also to die for, and the nice thing: they know what portions must be like.
They make sure you can eat all four dishes and there won't be anything left on your plate as it is all even delicious and mouthwatering. Wine list is good, excellent quality wines for very reasonable prices.
A real MUST when in Swellendam. Our favourite place.
Owners are from Milano and you can taste that, so real Italian, pure cuisine. Love it and will be back.

OKAY, one but, I missed a bit atmosphere. Put a candle on all tables, the only think we missed. To make it a bit more elegant, cosy dining. Just a suggestions but without candle will be back also!

  • Visited November 2013
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Kent
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Bellissimo!”
Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

This is a gem of a restaurant in the small town of Swellendam. Only 8 tables, you feel like you are being entertained with friends in their home. Gianni is a great front of house and Christiana is a fabulous chef! The pasta dishes were some of the best we have ever had, including over our numerous trips to Italy. An unexpected bonus is their friendly & professional driver who collects & returns you back to your guesthouse. If ever we are back in Swellendam, a return visit to La Sosta will be the first thing we will book. Ciao.....

Visited November 2013
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Ten Boer
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63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Bella Italia”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

Today my daughter and I dined at La Sosta. Well, I can be brief. It is advised in every way. Real Italian food served in South-Africa. This is the best Italian restaurant I dined that I can recall.
Two Michelin stars means literally 'worth the detour' and 3 stars 'worth the journey'. Well, La Sosta classifies somewhere around there.

  • Visited November 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Fine Italian dining!”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

We had a great Italian meal made by the owner/chef and served by her owner husband. The service was friendly, prompt and hospitable. The husband and wife team know how to deliver a wonderful Italian experience in the heart of South Africa.

Visited October 2013
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