Lapo’s Kitchen

Visiting Lapo’s Kitchen, an Italian restaurant situated adjacent to the Josephine Mill in the Newlands Rugby Ground precinct, was a very pleasant experience where good food and good wine were complemented by good service and good company.

A cold winter’s night was forgotten once we stepped into the toasty restaurant, warmed by a roaring fire.  The ambiance was further enhanced by a myriad of candles, soft lighting and mood music played at just the right volume. We were met with welcoming drinks, and then got chatting to perfect strangers – it was that kind of atmosphere.

Chef and owner, Lapo, greeted us warmly, and, once we were seated and ready to start our meal, explained rather proudly and passionately, how he uses only organic products. 

His passionate explanation of the menu created mind pictures and an excitement about the food about to be enjoyed.  It was to be an adventure of flavours and tastes – Italian food at its best.

Our party of 6 could not stop commenting on the tastiness of the servings.  The consensus later was that we had too much of the starters!!

Waiter Benson was fantastic, keeping a keen eye over the party. He was a constant presence, topping up glasses with engaging enthusiasm – yet unobtrusive

The menu, Italian food at its very best, including pastas, kudu and an Italian version of a delicious apple tart, was perfectly cooked and presented, and wonderfully enjoyed. Good food with an array of flavours, complemented by good wine and good company.

The adage of “good food takes time” played itself out in a way that enhanced the social aspect of eating out.

Lapo’s lends itself to intimate parties or group occasions, with plenty of seating (one 24 seater), dance place, and an outside balcony.

In owner Lapo’s words, “Whatever you give an Italian, he’ll do it better”.  And indeed he has.

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Name of Restaurant: Lapo’s Kitchen

Address: 13 Boundary Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700

Contact Number: 076 199 9189

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Social Dining: Join them for a social dining experience like no other. Treat yourself to a shared feast of six carefully constructed courses with fellow foodies and friends, hosted by, Chef Lapo Magni.

~ from R 690 pp


Written for JAR Photography by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

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