Dining Out

Restaurant of The Month – The Eatalian

Apr 19, 2017, Author: Hello Joburg

Hello Joburgers, we’ve loved this restaurant for years. We’re not at all ashamed to admit we may have been hiding it from you. However, it’s time your senses feasted on the heavenly bounty that comes from The Eatalian in Parkmore.

If you’re wandering up 11th Street, you’ll be incredibly tempted to head into The Eatalian. And you really should – the welcoming atmosphere spills out the doors and into the street, followed by the enticing smell of freshly roasted coffee.

The space is open and inviting, with lots of copper accents, rustic wooden tables and bare-brick counters. Soft amber lights hang low from the ceiling, there’s a gorgeous dark wood case displaying the selection of vino, and tucked away on one side is a lovely mezzanine level where you can indulge and watch the world go by.

What we love – besides the food – is that one wall is covered in empty, hanging picture frames, one or two doors and even a bicycle! It’s quirky, interesting and surprisingly, it all goes together perfectly.

Pop into this deli and restaurant for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner… after-work drinks or Saturday night cocktails – come for it all! The staff are friendly, funny and they treat you like family. Their knowledge of the menu is comforting, and many of the staff have been with the owner and manager, Fabio Razzino for years.

Most of the menu comprises of recipes that have been passed down the generations in Fabio’s famiglia. There are dishes his nonna used to make in her kitchen back home, and they’re delicious!

You’ll often spot Fabio tasting dishes before they leave the pass, to ensure they’re nothing but excellent!

We recommend tucking into the Carpaccio di Manzo for starters – so fresh and thinly sliced drizzled with delish parmigiana, rocket and lemon. Our go-to spaghetti bolognaise never disappoints, and Hello Joburgers, when we say the portions are generous – we mean it! We suggest you tuck into a hearty helping of the Linguini Pollo – tender chicken strips with gorgonzola and sun-dried tomatoes in an indulgent, creamy garlic sauce. There are also gluten-free pasta options available!

Not keen on pasta? Try the Pescatore pizza, a sea-sational combination of mozzarella, tomato, calamari, mussels, prawns, chilli and garlic. To-die-for! The menu leaves you spoiled for choice, from fresh Norwegian Salmon with a lemon butter sauce, to slow-cooked Oxtail Alla Romana or something as simple as the Panini deluxe or fish and chips.

Top it all off with a bottle of the Pandora’s Box Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and dessert – of course. You’ve got to try the Tiramisu, and our fave – Gelato Fatto in Casa, which is the home-made ice cream with a sauce of our choice. Magnifico!

Be warned pasta-lovers, this spot can get pretty busy. You don’t have to book, but if you’re planning a special occasion, or expecting a bunch of friends, call ahead to avoid missing out on the deliciousness.

A: 126 11th Street, Sandton.

T: 011 326 8786

FB: @theeatalianristorante

IG: @theetalianparkmore

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