May the Forza be with you

Winter warmers to keep the cold at bay.

What's on at Casalinga this month?

Welcome to our monthly look at what’s happening at Casalinga Ristorante Italiano. The start of May saw a drop in temperatures, but fortunately we have the perfect antidote – our new menu includes some wonderful dishes that will leave you glowing.

Our vegetable garden really is a gift that keeps on giving, and we’ve been harvesting lots of root vegetables to add some extra bite to our new recipes. Our latest menu also features our midweek platter for two – just R380 on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Another great way to beat the winter blues is to get together with friends and family and celebrate all the good things in life. We rarely need an excuse to enjoy ourselves, and we certainly won’t this month.

The tenth anniversary edition of our Groves and Vineyards Festival is now just around the corner, and then in June we hope you’ll all join us in celebrating Casalinga’s 30th birthday.

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Groves and Vineyards

The 10th anniversary edition of the Groves & Vineyards Festival is almost upon us! We’ve been looking forward to this awesome event for months, and now it’s almost time…

Tickets are selling fast for the next edition of Groves & Vineyards on May 26 & 27. There’s even more of a buzz about Casalinga than usual, and not just because we’re hearing some very exciting rumours about which SA bands will be playing live during the weekend.

Groves & Vineyards has grown to be Jo’burg’s best food, wine and music event, so be sure not to miss out. There’s plenty to enjoy for the entire day, so be sure to come early. If you’re one of the first 2 000 people to arrive on the Saturday or the Sunday, you’ll get a commemorative wine glass. It’s not just a souvenir, but a wonderfully practical accessory that will come in handy throughout the Festival.

We can now confirm that Land Rover and Jaguar are co-sponsors of Groves & Vineyards, so look out too for some very stylish and impressive vehicles at Casalinga during the Festival.

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Paying it Forward

Although people come from far and wide to eat at Casalinga – and all are welcome – we feel particularly close to our neighbours in the communities in and around Muldersdrift. So, it seemed only natural that when we wanted to pay forward some of the many blessings we’ve received, we looked close to home to see how we could help

We can’t deny that the teachers and kids of the Lebona Preschool have captured our hearts. It’s so much more than just a school – it allows parents to go to work safe in the knowledge that their kids are being well cared for while they’re away. Learning through play in a supportive, caring space is the order of the day at Lebona, but we could see that there was a need to nourish the kids’ bodies as well as their minds, so that both would be strong and healthy. This inspired us to plant a vegetable garden and tend for it on our weekly visits, so that the kids can learn about growing their own food – and enjoy eating the results.

If you’d like to help Casalinga pay it forward at Lebona school, please contact us .

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We laugh in the face of winter!

In fact, we laugh all the time in the Casalinga kitchen. It’s a happy, joyful place where we love what we do – creating great recipes just for you.

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Loving our neighbours

They say that you can’t choose your family or your neighbours – in our case, we wouldn’t change either (and yes, some people are both!). We share our address with three of our favourite food and drink destinations, and that’s why there are no fences between us (or secrets, for that matter)!

Leafy Greens

Leafy Greens Cafe is the place to go for plant-based, organic cuisine that’s light on the Earth yet filled with nutrients and goodness. Try the wonderful vegan and vegetarian dishes on their famous breakfast and lunch buffets and you’ll leave with a spring in your step, and increased energy for the rest of your day. Learn more here.

The Chocolate Tier

Every occasion becomes special when you add chocolate. If you can resist anything but temptation, then approach The Chocolate Tier - the home of the chocolate fountain - with caution. Appreciate chocolate in all its forms, from delectable slabs to irresistible chocolate-dipped cherries, truffles and hot chocolate. Perfect for telling someone you love them – especially if that someone is you! See More.

The Green Bean Roastery

For honestly good coffee, look no further than The Green Bean Roastery and breathe in the delicious aroma of freshly-ground 100% Arabica beans as they create our Casalinga house blend. The Roastery specialises in African coffees from Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda, among others, so you can tour the continent whilst relaxing in a beautiful garden.Learn More

Titus has never let anyone down…

But now his hips are letting him down. Titus has been a loyal member of the Casalinga team for almost thirty years, and we think of him as family. He’s been with us since the very early days, and his constant presence has helped Casalinga become what it is today. Over the last few months, we’ve noticed that Titus has been slowing down a little. His smile and enthusiasm are still as bright as ever, but it’s clear that he’s in pain. It turns out that the answer is a hip replacement, and the doctors have told him that this must happen soon.

Titus has touched the lives of many thousands of Casalinga guests over the years, and now we’re asking you to make a difference to his life. We’re trying to raise enough money to pay for the hip operation he desperately needs. To make donations even easier, we’ve set up a PayFast account where you can contribute to helping Titus. In recognition of all his years of service, Casalinga will pay the balance of the bill to ensure that Titus is soon back on his feet. Please donate to the below bank account and give what you can. It would mean the world to Titus. Thank you.

Mercantile Bank, Branch code: 450141 / Horizon, Account Number: 4800011493, Type of account:Money market, Reference: Titus

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