La Forketta is known for its pizzas, but expands its fortes at the Nassim Road trattoria with truly exceptional antipasti and mains. Of course, the hands-on approach remains a priority, as the pasta, bread and even salami is made in house by the loving hands of La Forketta’s master chefs.
Carefully recreating generations-old recipes takes hard work, just as it did back in the day. The task has not daunted the folks at La Forketta, however, who have been adapting Italian heritage recipes to modern dining trends for years. Simply prepared, honestly delicious dishes are its specialty, and diners seem to be able to taste the difference that hand-making makes.
From the homey yet modern dining room, you can catch a glimpse of the adjacent kitchen where shiny pasta machines churn out fresh noodles, which are then draped temptingly about the kitchen and gourmet store. Here, you can scoop up some of the prize ingredients used in La Forketta’s recipes, mostly sourced from the Italian countryside. After a hearty meal here, any home chef will certainly want to attempt to recreate the experience.
Start with a refreshing, non-alcoholic cocktail to whet your palate. The Bacche is a house favourite with fresh muddled berries, lychee and lemonade. Next, the Frittura Di Calamaretti e Gamberetti will teach you the true origins of the common calamari, and blow you away with tender seafood wrapped in an amazingly thin crust. The Bruschetta al Pomodoro takes grilled bread and loads it with juicy tomatoes and prime olive oil and is simply heavenly, likewise followed by the Pizza Prosciutto Di Parma with razor thin shards of melt-in-your mouth ham. The meal ends up being a veritable master class in Italian favourites, and one that we wouldn’t mind repeating! (Jan 2015)