By Stephanie Robb
Taking a stroll down Limassol’s picturesque St Andrews street you may notice a new kid on the block of renovated mansions, in the form of La Forchetta. It aims at and succeeds in exuding an air of traditional trattoria, offering an Italian culinary experience that is sure to excite even the toughest customers.
Walking in, you are engulfed by the warm and comfortable atmosphere of the restaurant. The combination of traditional Cypriot architecture, including the beauty and flair of long forgotten Cypriot tiles, and a minimalist colour pallet and décor creates an unmatched ambiance for an intimate night for two or a night to share with friends or family.
The best thing about La Forchetta is that it strives hard to deliver the authentic Italian experience in every bite, in every meal, in the simplest of things. The owner and Italian chef have taken great pride in providing authenticity at every turn – the freshest ingredients all brought from Italy are there to excite all taste pallets.
We started our Italian meal with a caprese salad and a portion of bruschetta. The mozzarella di bufala served in the way it should be, the simplest way possible and providing a refreshing and delightful taste.
After the starters, that is where the real challenge lies as you are overwhelmed with options including Italian pasta favourites or a pizza straight from a traditional Italian oven – which you can witness being made – or meat or fish dishes. The pasta dishes range from the Bolognese and Carbonara to the more exciting Vongole. The pasta dishes were cooked to Italian standards, the perfect al dente pasta complementing any sauce you choose. The four cheese pasta is a must for all cheese lovers, commonly being too heavy to stomach, the perfect combination of cheese and white cream makes this dish appetizing and easy on the stomach. The vongole is another dish that should be tasted as not many restaurants can get it quite right.
Of the meat dishes, the tagliataruccola, served just as it should be with entrecote, rucola and parmesan cheese was a delight. Served medium, the perfect way to get the most out of the entrecote, the no fuss presentation made is the perfect choice for the evening. Chicken and burger dishes are also available, served with an Italian twist.
When it comes to dessert, once again the level of taste is high. Every bite of the panacotta and the chocolate cake, which we tried were served beautifully, and brought on the urge for more. Along with the wide wine selection from the cava within the restaurant, it is sure to make dining there an unforgettable night.
One thing is certain about La Forchetta its attention to detail separates it from all the other restaurants. The great service, along with affordable and appetizing dishes make this restaurant one worth remembering.
WHERE 278 St Andrew’s Street, Limassol
CONTACT 25 361313
WHEN Opens at 6:30 every evening, except Sundays
PRICE €20 – 30 per person