La Cucina di Ciro is located in a quaint character house in trendy Parktown North, just a few roads up from Parkhurst’s vibey 4th Avenue. With a play on words, the sign on the door says “Ciropractor – Taste bud manipulation and stimulation”. This is precisely what owner and chef, Ciro Molinaro, has been doing for the last 10 years with lots of passion and enthusiasm, without the fuss or pretence. Besides his excellent culinary skills, Ciro is also an engaging and charming host and the restaurant exudes an old fashion charm with its soft painted walls, an assortment of wrought iron chandeliers and window seating with lots of plump cushions. The open plan kitchen with its array of gleaming saucepans, is a hive of activity with Ciro at the helm.
Ciro is inspired by fresh, quality ingredients, while his Italian menu is in appreciation of his father’s Sunday lunches. The Mediterranean menu is small, but with good reason, as each dish is a careful blend of tastes, textures and colour. The simplicity of these dishes allows for the high-quality ingredients to shine. Enjoy a delicious dinner with fellow diners in a warm cosy setting with a fireplace.
Pureed calves liver pate on a potato crumpet with a sour cherry compote.
Panzerotti filled with fresh salmon served in a fresh roma tomato and mint consommé.
Stuffed saddle of deboned lamb with foie gras and baby spinach, wrapped in lamb bacon, served with
an intense port wine sauce and fresh green asparagus.
Vanilla pannacotta with soaked raisins and amaretto biscotti.
Creamy gorgonzola with glazed figs.