Trattoria is a place where one can truly experience the old rustic and familiar Italian flavours. The food is modest but plentiful, always flavourful, and consistently memorable.
The staff greets you with familiarity and a casual ease that soothes any overworked corporate Nairobian. Situated in Nairobi’s CBD (Central Business District), Trattoria is the oldest family-run Italian eatery in the City, and is a favourite lunch spot for most office dwellers.
Thanks to its relatively efficient service as compared to other eateries in CBD, lunch hour is always packed at Trattoria. The quaint Italian eatery also serves breakfast every day and opens their doors at 7am, seven days a week.
The menu is extensive with just the Pollo – chicken – section featuring 13 dishes. Trattoria’s homemade pasta is definitely one of Nairobi’s best, especially since their dishes are executed with refined precision. Established since 1981, with decades to work out any issues in their kitchen, it’s not surprising that Trattoria offers a textbook-like experience every time.
Capital Lifestyle Magazine is always impressed with Trattoria’s white wine sauce. Any of Trattoria’s pastas tossed in their signature white wine sauce is incredibly simple, but packs so much flavour that you wonder where it all came from! Sometimes, simplicity is best.
Aside from the usual choices, Capital Lifestyle Magazine also suggests branching out to the Grill section next time – try the juicy Grilled Lamb Chops flavoured with Wild Mint. Finally, whether you’re looking for the perfect finish to an epic Italian meal or just something to satisfy your sweet tooth on a lazy Sunday afternoon, Trattoria’s Tiramisu is one of those rare desserts that with every bite, a different emotion overcomes your body – hands down, the best Tiramisu in Nairobi.
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Thinly sliced beef in olive oil and lemon juice – the generous and chunky shavings of parmesan reflected the restaurant’s rustic and simple approach to food.
Crab meat croquette with tartar sauce – Fried to golden perfection whilst maintaining the strands of fresh crab meat moist, and paired perfectly with a tartar sauce accentuated with capers.
Salmon tartar with spicy yogurt sauce – beautifully presented wrapped with cucumber and topped with fiery red salmon roe eggs, adding a burst of texture. Very appetizing but a bit on the salty side for our palettes.
Oven-baked meat lasagne Bolognese
Ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese, egglant, walnut, basil and tomatoes
Trattoria also features an extensive seafood menu
Delicious risottos with fresh prawns
Lovely lemon sorbet – refreshingly tart and light.
Freshly whipped cream, authentic Lady Fingers soaked in Grand Marnier and coffee, layered with Mascarpone Cheese and generously dusted with cocoa – absolutely divine! The texture was perfect: firm but soft, and nothing like a mousse!
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