Nestled on a picturesque landscaped garden with views of oceans and mountains you will find the former residence of Count & Countess Natale Labia – Casa Labia & Cucina Labia. Boasting some of the best views you can see in Cape Town; this much-loved national monument has especially been gaining notoriety over the past year for its relaxed atmosphere, exquisite interiors, and delightful Italian dishes.
About Casa Labia
Casa Labia was built in 1929 as the Italian Legation and the family home of Italy’s diplomatic representative in South Africa. Count and Countess Labia deliberately designed their new home to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, on a plot in Muizenberg which, in the distant past, had been the site of an old battery set up to protect False Bay from hostile and marauding ships.
When Casa Labia Café was launched in June 2010, it began as an intimate 50-seater café located in the former reception area. Almost 4 years later the Café has grown into a 110-seater; flowing from the reception area into the drawing room, sunroom, private dining room, courtyard and the veranda overlooking the False Bay seas. The Café exudes charm, warmth, and authenticity. To complement its grand surroundings, the design of the café is effortlessly simple with shades of bone-white and cream dominating the otherwise soft-pastel palette.
About my experience at Casa Labia
I thought the interiors were just as impressive as the view they look out to. This heritage building oozes nautical charm and effortlessly sets into the surrounds. With the calming blue ocean and mountain surroundings that, it’s easy to unwind while you dine here.
Their menu has way too many appealing options to choose from, but I can highly recommend you try the following options:
Starter: Wild mushroom arancini served with gruyere, Guinness and onion petals.
Main: Leg of lamb kataifi ‘wellington” served with white anchovy, leek puree, fennel, and bay leaf cream.
Dessert: Affogato: Amarula chocolate & vanilla ice cream sphere served with espresso and hazelnut biscotti.
My review of Casa Labia
Visit Casa Labia’s website for more information or contact them on 021 788 6068.