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Best pizza and wine list in Cape Town’s far south

La Piccola, Steenberg Village, Tokai is my new Italian ristorante discovery. The owner Oliver Jacobs, is a hands-on manager who with his attention to detail ensures high standards of service and food excellence.

La Piccola Ristorante

La Piccola Ristorante

The ambiance is relaxed and casual with Italian music played in the background. Children are welcome here and families form a large part of the clientele especially on Friday evenings. There is a small lounge area to relax in with a glass of wine or cappuchino. Tables spill out onto the terrace where views of Muizenberg Mountain form the backdrop.

Oliver’s food and the wine list are what make La Piccola special. A small but quality wine list has something on it for everyone and there is a full bar facility. What drew me back after the first visit is that wine by glass is either The Goatfather, Italian cultivar blend, or Buiten Blanc from Buitenverwachting. At other local pizzeria’s, wine by the glass turns out to be an undrinkable fourth run blend, so La Piccola’s offering is a huge improvement. Having said that, more wines by the glass should be on offer since this is easily accomplished with a can of argon gass on hand. One squish into the open bottle and the wine keeps for weeks so there can be no wastage.

A seemingly difficult request for other pizza establisments to fulfill is to make my pizza 

Gnocchi with asparagus and gorgonzola, seafood pizza

Gnocchi with asparagus and gorgonzola, seafood pizza

with only about 25% of the cheese. Oliver customised my pizza by removing all cheese and replacing with a few bocconi.  This was arguably the most delicious pizza I’ve had since I was in Italy. On top of that the cost of the cheese was deducted from the bill and we only paid for the mozzarella. My difficult to please significant-other, raved about his seafood pizza.   

La Piccola’s contact number is (27) 21 7013589


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Celebrate sauvignon blanc at Constantia Fresh festival 26 – 27 February 2010

One of the first South African wine festivals to feature sauvignon blanc of the Constantia Valley, regional and international producers, will celebrate the distinctive freshness of the “wild white” grape and it’s compatibility with food. The festival features four palate stimulating events which are supported by the participating producers – Constantia Uitsig, Klein Constantia, Groot Constantia, Steenberg Vineyards, Eagles Nest, Buitenverwachting and Constantia Glen. The program consists of: 

Constantia Fresh 2010

Constantia Fresh 2010


Time: 14h00 – 19h00

Cost: R1,500 per person

Venue: Buitenverwachting old cellar

Taste over 40 local and international wines from some of the best producers in the world, including wines from the Loire Valley in France and Marlborough in New Zealand. The tasting will be conducted by representatives from the regions and hosted by Master of Wine, Cathy van Zyl.


Date: 26th February 2010

Time: 19h30

Cost: R1,500 per person

Venue: La Colombe Restaurant, Constantia Uitsig

Experience matured sauvignon blanc and classic red wines from Constantia Valley and the Loire Valley, matched perfectly with dishes from award-winning chef, Luke Dale-Roberts.


Date: Saturday 27th February 2010

Time: 11h00 – 13h30

Cost: R700 per person

Venue: Groot Constantia Production Cellar

This international tasting has the objective of exploring and showcasing the freshness found in red wines, including wines from the Constantia Valley, France and Australia.


Date: Saturday 27th February 2010

Time: 15h00 – 20h00

Cost: R400 per person

Venue: Lawns of Buitenverwachting Wine Estate

30 Local and regional sauvignon blanc producers will showcase their wines alongside canapes from the top chefs of the Cape. The walk around tasting will be followed by a picnic with live entertainment rounding off the event. Expect to find producers’ wines from all of the main sauvignon blanc districts in South Africa – taste, sample and compare.

Tickets for the event can be obtained from the tasting room at Steenberg Vineyards or from Lida Van Heerden.

Tel: (27) 21 7132211





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