Aperol Spritz isn’t really a thing in South Africa. Some places offer it, but on the whole the Spritz wagon hasn’t rolled on by – yet. Stuzzico however, the Italian tapas lounge and cocktail bar above Villa47, has a tailored menu with obvious European influence. On the menu lives The Spritz. And it is excellent.
A family-run establishment with a focus on quality, trusted products, Stuzzico, meaning ‘appetiser or snack’, is a fusion of Mediterranean-Asian flavours. Neatly designed, with moody interiors, cool but understated lighting and impeccably chosen finishes – note the immaculate herringbone floors and gritty face-brick exposed walls – it’s a stylish hangout for the trendy city slicker in Cape Town’s CBD.
Since opening early-to-mid 2016, Villa47 has become a known name among Capetonians – famous for its excellent pasta dishes, home curated charcuterie and lunchtime staples. Enjoy breakfast or lunch at Locanda, Villa47’s day and nighttime restaurant on the ground floor. Open daily from 4pm, head upstairs after work to Stuzzico for signature cocktails and small-plate fare, ideal for sharing with friends. It’s no secret, Bernard and I are big fans of communal eating – and Stuzzico offers a plethora of zesty, spicy, crunchy, smooth and super tasty tapas.
The tapas menu changes regularly, which means you can visit often and not have the same thing twice. We enjoyed the salt & pepper squid with vanilla-poached prawn, herb salad and pickled chilli (R45); arancini, deep fried panko crumbed risotto balls with pancetta & grana padano (R45); and ponzu roast sirloin celeriac and zucchini (R69).
Should you feel like a spot of fine dining, scale the granite-and-steel staircase to the third floor for The Restaurant, an inspired menu featuring bold seafood dishes with a distinctly Asian influence. On the whole, the service and hospitality at Villa47 – across all three floors – is excellent. There is a clear passion for flavour and food, and the design and execution of each menu, dish and cocktail is thought-out to perfection. And have a Spritz, we implore you.
Photography Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace