To be invited to have supper by Brad Ball in his lovely new Italian restaurant Volare in Constantia is an invitation one simply does not turn down.
Thoughts of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra singing Volare oh oh, the song that first appeared in 1958 and was something I remember so well from my childhood and rather set the mood for a fun evening.
Arancini, little oranges, my first course deep fried risotto balls
Volare means fly, and this is what is happening down on Spaanschemat River Road. We went on a Saturday night recently and the joint was jumping. Lots of locals, which is always a good sign. And those to whom we spoke, pleased to have ‘a good Italian’ close by.
Antipasto, Volare style
I really liked the interior, modern, nice use of beiges and browns and touches of blue upholstery.
We were served by an enchanting Amelia, who moved around the floor with such grace reminding us of a dancer in a Beatrix Potter ballet. She was charming, efficient, and non intrusive, being there when we wanted her.
Real penne carbonara
We enjoyed seeing Jacques Castelein, whom we know from his previous business. The right man to be steering this neighbourhood restaurant.
Brad gets going grating lemon rind over his Family style braised lamb shoulder with rosemary & garlic, peas, arancini
Brad came out to say hello, which was very special as we have been friends for a long time.
I liked the wine list, short, eclectic, and with nods to Constantia, some local wines made with Italian grapes and indeed to some real Italians too.
Verdura farm fresh vegetables, pea puree, salsa verde
And the food did not disappoint. Brad is a great locavore, believing strongly in sustainability and place of origin in his food. Caledon for the lamb, Oak Valley for the Pork , Saldanha for the mussels, Chalmar for the sirloin and Valrhona for his chocolate, and saladings and herbs from Brad’s own garden.
We’ll be back, and will be telling our friends to visit.
There are four venues at Peddlars and Co, from outside casual verandah to happy eating in Volare.
Spaanschemat River Road
Telephone 021 794 7747