Right on the edge of Edenvale is the most amazing little coffee shop – La Tazzina. It’s the perfect place to go and enjoy a delicious cappuccino while catching up with a friend.
For owner, Cristina Abela, it all started with a childhood passion for food. Cristina, a young entrepreneur that grew up in the area, started out making pastries and cakes from her home. After qualifying as a pastry chef, she came across an empty house on a busy street in Edenvale. Using her flair for decorating and creating food masterpieces, Cristina opened what is now known as La Tazzina.
One of the best things about this little, hidden cafe is its gardens and outdoor seating. Almost like something out of Lewis Caroll's imagination, this rustic garden setting is a tea and cake lover's wonderland. The outdoor furniture is decorated in delightful pastel tones, tucked between blossoming rose bushes and overhanging creepers. The pebbled underlay adds to the romantic and quaint feel. Birdcages and hanging lanterns also adorn the space. Overall, its quite quirky, but nevertheless a perfect spot for a small birthday party (or un-birthday party), baby shower or to catch up with old friends.
What makes La Tazzina's outdoor setting extra special is that it is surprisingly tranquil. Being located just off a busy side road, you would expect the restaurant to be plagued by noise. However, as you step in from the outside world, a calm quiet welcomes you in. One could imagine sitting at a table for hours, basking in the mellow sun with a good book and a delicious cup of coffee. But, if the outdoors are slightly too warm, windy or chilly for your liking, step inside the cafe. The interior decor doesn't differ much from the outside, apart from a wall plastered with old newspaper clippings. But, the cafe's large windows do allow you to look out into the garden, while enjoying the warm comfort of the inside.
Ultimately, the vintage look of La Tazzina provides a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. So, if you are looking for a little peace and quiet, or a place to have a good meaningful conversation, this is the place for you.
La Tazzina's menu is filled with home-style, Mediterranean inspired dishes. From gourmet paninis, to smoked salmon omelettes and even perfectly thin crepes served with cinnamon ice cream. Their coffees and cold drinks are just as good as the food. Try out one of their freezos, which come in flavours like Ferrero Rocher, Chai, Nougat Brittle, Coffee Toffee and Peanut Butter. These are all highly recommended by La Tazzina frequenters.
But, now on the most important menu item - the cake. Cristina started out her business selling cakes to restaurants in the Edenvale area. After opening La Tazzina, she continued to create cake masterpieces, which are proudly displayed at the cafe's front door. As the smell of sweet orange and dusted icing sugar greet you, you may be overwhelmed by a mouth watering desire to tuck into one of these exciting sweet creations. My personal favourite are the strawberry jam butter biscuits. These pair oh-so perfectly with a strong cup of tea.
As for the cakes on offer, Cristina is a master at whipping up cheesecakes, vanilla and chocolate sponges, red velvet with cream cheese buttercream icing and fruity syrup cakes. I recommend you give them all a try at least once. La Tazzina's cakes are made from only the very best ingredients, including unsalted butter, Belgian chocolate and locally sourced fruit and nuts. These fine touches go a long way to creating a unique taste experience. So, indulge a little and eat the cake, the rainbow macaron or the Belgian chocolate ganache slice. We won't tell, if you don't.
La Tazzina is a family-oriented, pet friendly spot. Bring along the kids and your four legged companions for a special treat. Christina can bake you dog friendly birthday cake, too! Nobody will feel left out here, so come and relax, enjoy the wonderment of good food and the people you love most.
To place a cake order, or find out more about La Tazzina, visit their website.
Follow them on social media for updates:
Facebook - facebook.com/latazzinacafe
Instagram - instagram.com/la_tazzina
Details: 011 454 4334 | [email protected] | Cnr of 1st Ave & Amelia St, Edenvale, Johannesburg.
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