WIN with La Piazza, Ballito
Easily accessible off the M4 and one of the first places you’ll see as you enter Ballito, is the continental eatery you have been waiting for – La Piazza Cafe and Restaurant.
Durbanite contributor, Cristy Gibbons, gives us the lowdown on Ballito’s best little-known restaurant.
“I’ll be honest. I had never heard of La Piazza. I asked around and found that friends and family knew this place pretty well. Having heard rave reviews, I was my usual skeptical self… How could a self-confessed foodie not have tasted the delights of such a fine establishment? This revelation only made me more eager to delve into the undiscovered delights that La Piazza had to offer.
I arrived at around 19h00, date in tow, with little idea of what to expect, other than being told the place was “fancy-ish”. Walking up to the door, I was impressed with the scale of place. A large courtyard and lounging area, with an European fountain, preceded an open plan deck and veranda with a modern bar space meeting them in the middle. Subway tiles, high ceilings and suggestive lighting set the mood as incredibly helpful staff led us to our table.
I felt very fancy. Not to mention that it was inviting, upmarket and family friendly!
My handsome companion and I were impressed. Looking at the menu, it was clear why La Piazza is called a “continental” restaurant. They offer everything. Opening at 07h00 and closing at roughly 22h00 – you can make your way there for breakfast, brunch, lunch dunch and dinner… and drinks.
It took us a while before we realised that there were two discrete children’s play areas – perfect for parents looking for a casual date night, with loads of activities to keep the kids preoccupied.
Soaking up the opportunity to indulge, I ordered the Pan Seared Quail and my compadre cosseted some Carpaccio. Now, because I was the chosen one (to test the tastiness) – I got to eat both. The Carpaccio was light and fresh. Perfect for a humid evening. My quail was succulent and served with a light salad. Slightly sweet, with some much needed crunch. But also, where else can you find Quail? We paired these dishes with the fine red wine on offer. Our waitron, Fikile, was knowledgeable, witty and an overall darling – she assisted us in choosing our mains.
What should you order? Well, like Marco (the owner) says – everything is great. He suggests the Baby Chicken, a firm fan favourite, as well as the Chicken Parmesan (my date’s choice). The portion sizes are well worth the price and the taste is abundant.
Now – for the most important part – dessert. Here is where La Piazza deserves a special mention… say it with me “may I please have the Semi Freddo.” These are words you will not regret. I was advised by Vineshree or “V”, the seriously hospitable manager, to try this delicious milky, ice-creamy, sweet, biscuity magic dessert. I did my best to try coax the secret recipe out of all the staff, but no amount of bribery would work, so you will have to make a trip to taste this treat for yourself.
So – my verdict? La Piazza is “fancy-ish” place you can go, with (or without) the kids, to enjoy a wide selection of really well made, generous meals, any time of day.”
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We have a R500 La Piazza voucher up for grabs!
How to enter:
1) Drop us a comment below and like the La Piazza Facebook page here
2) Visit La Piazza and fill out a Durbanite entry form
Competition closes on Friday 13 January.