By Andreas Vou
Spaghetteria Italia is a quaint, little, family-owned and run restaurant near the centre of town which provides top quality Italian food at very reasonable prices.
The popularity of Italian food will never cease, nor will the establishment of new restaurants which attempt to conjure up an adaptation of some of the cuisine’s most popular meals.
That’s why trying to find the right restaurant is becoming an ever tougher task but with Spaghetteria Italia, you know you are in reliable hands. Having been in operation for over a quarter of a century, this restaurant, opposite the American Academy, is a traditional Italian restaurant run by Antonis Kasapis and his Italian wife Daniela Dalu Kasapi.
On entering, you are instantly hit with a feeling of being in an old restaurant in Italy due to the interior’s dark wooden tables and chairs, classic paintings and soft music playing in the background. There is also a small outdoor section which is useful when the good weather really kicks in, and while the weather is still rather moderate there are outdoor heaters which allow you to enjoy your meal in the outdoors.
The Italian cuisine shares various traits with that of Cyprus so it is the fine details which make a good Italian restaurant stand out from the crowd. There is so much to choose from here that it can often be overwhelming when it comes to making your final choice of what to eat.
For starter, I went for the Melanzane Parmigiana, which is made up of egg plant, mozzarella, parmigiano and tomato sauce which was full of flavour and baked to just the right level of crispiness.
Pasta might seem like a simple meal but I am always struck by how much better they seem to be when made the proper Italian way. Knowing that the Spaghetteria Italia prepares its own homemade egg pasta, I went for the Rustica, with Penne pasta, which is made up of olives, fresh sun-dried tomato sauce and feta cheese. It is an extremely rich and tasty dish with the pasta cooked just right.
The prices throughout the menu are very reasonable, with a wholesome pasta dish like my own costing just €8.50 – generally, pastas were anywhere between €7 and €14 which is great value for money for both quality and quantity. Meat dishes like Pollo alla Cacciatora is €11, a wide variety of pizzas made from scratch are between €8 and €11 while a steak will set you back around €15.
What I enjoyed about the service was the fact that you could have a conversation with the owner about what how various foods were prepared and he was fine with allowing us to make slight alterations to the meals without any hassle. He knew the ins and outs of every meal in the house and each of them by their number on the menu. The speed of service was also quite good, with the food arriving within about 15-20 minutes of our order, a good sign that the food is prepared fresh.
The restaurant is open seven days a week from midday to 3pm and reopens at 6pm until 11pm, except Sundays when the opening hours are between 6pm and 11pm. They also do delivery and takeaway which is pretty useful but, then again, the actual dining experience at the restaurant cannot be beaten.
From the staff to the quality of the food, and from the service to the price of the meals, Spaghetteria Italia ticked all of the most important boxes when it comes to finding a suitable place to dine with family or friends.
PRICE €15-22 (with drink)
WHERE Spaghetteria Italia, Stylianou Lena 50-51, Larnaca
CONTACT 24 629450