From the street


The legend on their serviettes reads “Not your mamma’s pasta,” and the people at Scala are not kidding. Here, where all dishes are meant to be shared, you will find many interesting takes on the Italian theme like prawns crudo with burrata foam, stewed beef meatballs with Salsa Verde, superb Piemontese tartare with black truffles– Absolutely Fabulous –and marinated sardines with anchovy emulsion.

Fabulous steak tartare

The main dishes have a delicious fettuccine with cream of borlotti bean and oyster sauce served with mussels, prawns, and clams.

Marinated sardines with anchovy emulsion

Try the tortelli with coal roasted tomato and black truffle –delicious.

Not your Mamma’s tortelli

Then there is the most spectacular giant T Bone, which is obviously meant for at least six people, roasted to perfection with the most delicious meat sliced off and served on the side—a carnivore’s idea of heaven on the bone.

Massive T bone roast

This is a dish which will cause your guests to sit up and take notice, but before you order it do check what the daily cost of it is, as the day we went it was R1000.

Served with rosemary mash–heaven

Finish off with an irresistibly light millefoglie with dark chocolate and vanilla custard topped with candied almonds. Gluten free pasta is available.


The service is impeccable, and the wine list is more than acceptable, even for Capetonians used to eating out. There is a huge basement section (Scala—steps—get it?) which is packed with atmosphere, but for lunch it might be nicer to sit upstairs with a view of the passing parade. It is situated on a huge square in the centre of the city and paid parking could not be easier. All in all, a most memorable place to eat at. Take money


Scala 81 Church St Cape Town City Centre

Phone 021 424 7204