Review : Mama Cucina Italian Restaurant in Riebeek-Kasteel
Have you ever had a meal so good, that you would use any reason to return to that restaurant? My husband used this past public holiday, Human Rights Day as his excuse to pack the family into the car and take a day trip to Riebeek-Kasteel. His main aim was to devour a pizza at Mama Cucina’s.
Yes, he drove an hour to get a pizza!
We found out about this gem of a place when we visited Riebeek-Kasteel last year. Mama Cucina is a favourite amongst the locals. Food is fantastic and service is friendly yet efficient. The staff navigated my hungry toddlers’ requests and brought her a wood-fired pizza in record speed.
Ingredients were fresh and you can see that a lot of love and passion went into each dish that comes out of the kitchen.
They have a standard menu with salads and pizzas, but we also order from the specials board. Mama Cucina makes “traditional” Italian/ Mediterranean food but with a South African twist.
My mother-in-law won dish of the day – Fried Squid Steak, veggies and basil mayo. This was such a fresh beautiful dish. Best Squid I have ever had. Craving some comfort food, I enjoyed the Pulled Springbok and baby spinach lasagne. The hubby had his long waited for pizza and he absolutely loved it.
Prices are extremely reasonable, you will be hard pressed to find this type of value in Cape Town.
The wine list has a selection of local wines from the region and a few from further afield. There is a wine for all palates and budgets. Don’t forget to have a look at their craft beer and gin menu.
Tip for families with busy children. There is a little play area down a little road along the side of the restaurant. Ask you waiter for directions. Visit the little shop down there too, there are some home decor bargains to be found.
If you find yourself in the Riebeek -Kasteel area and are peckish, stop by mama Cucina’s you will be welcomed like family, leaving with a full belly and happy heart.
Address: 20 Sarel Cilliers Street, Riebeek-Kasteel
Telephone: 022 448 1676