La Cucina di CiroMediterranean Fine Dining
La Cucina di Ciro Restaurant
43 Seventh Avenue, Parktown North
(in a converted house, off the corner of 3rd Avenue)
Tel : 011 442-5187
Tel : 011 447-1031
Tuesday - Saturday : 8.30am - 10.00pm
Sunday : 8.30am - 5.00pm
Monday : Closed
"The food was not cheap, but it was delicious. Always yummy, always different. You can't go wrong."
"I love it, and its lovely unpretentious vibe!"
"The food is consistently fresh and imaginative."
Long established as a Parktown North Restaurant, La Cucina di Ciro is now housed in one of the typical old Parktown North homes on Seventh Avenue.
The name of the restaurant, first used in a much smaller high street shop, suggested that you were sitting around a table in Ciro's kitchen, watching your food being prepared.
Today, housed in a multi roomed house, the kitchen is more removed.
Nonetheless, the intimate, interleading rooms are captivating and charming with quirky lights and white washed floors, but not removed from the chatter and cozy ambiance that pervades the house.
They remind one of sitting in your own home around your own dinner table!
Ciro Molinaro, owner and chef, has always had a philosophy of using fresh, natural and seasonal foods.
The dishes, bearing his passion and enthusiasm, are noted by him as being "very much my own", and change frequently, depending on whats available in the marketplace.
The mainly Mediterranean menu is limited, but with good justification, as each dish is a combination of colour, texture and taste.
The kitchen follows the timeless ritual of slow cooked food, using the best quality and freshest produce and ingredients.
The Pudding Shop
"I highly recommend this really quaint and peaceful area with its high ceilings and open, airy feel. It would be perfect for a small, intimate function like a birthday"
Newly built behind La Cucina di Ciro Restaurant, "The Pudding Shop" is a light, New York style eatery, ideal for quick and light meals.
It was built as an alternative to the formal restaurant, with food that is more reasonably priced than the main restaurant.
The inspiration for the name came from the nickname of the "Lale Restaurant" in Istanbul in Turkey, which became popular in the 1960s, when hippies and other travelers would meet there on their overland route - the 'hippie trail', between Europe and India, Nepal, and elsewhere in Asia.
Word of mouth gave it its colloquial name, as travelers remembered the wide selection of deserts, but not its bona fide name.
The Pudding Shop is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday to Saturday 8.30am 5.00pm (08h30 17h00)
No credit cards
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