A Delectable Dive into Italian Meat Cuisine with La Ciccia

Settebello, the popular Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of Bedfordview, Johannesburg, takes pride in introducing ‘La Ciccia,’ an exciting extension that showcases the rich and diverse tradition of Italian meat dishes. Breaking away from the stereotype that Italian cuisine revolves solely around pizza and pasta, Settebello’s ‘La Ciccia’ promises an extraordinary gastronomic experience that delves deep into the world of Italian meat delicacies.

‘La Ciccia’ represents a culinary journey that celebrates the unparalleled flavours of carefully crafted meat dishes. A slang word for ‘the meat’ in Italian, ‘La Ciccia’ pays tribute to the hidden culinary gems that form an integral part of Italy’s gastronomic heritage.

The highlight of this extension is a series of monthly ‘Carne Diem’ evenings – an exquisite nine-course menu that pays homage to the art of preparing and savouring beef. It showcases Settebello’s dedication to elevate meat to an art form.  What makes these evenings truly unique is the “family-style” seating arrangement, where approximately 40 people share a table while being served delicious meat dishes, sides and a selection of wines. This communal dining experience fosters a sense of togetherness and camaraderie, aligning with the spirit of Italian family gatherings.

La Ciccia at Settebello1
La Ciccia at Settebello. Source: Provided

Each course is a meticulously curated, traditionally Italian dish that offers guests an unforgettable experience of the diverse cuts, flavours, and beef preparations.

One of the key differentiators of ‘La Ciccia’ is Settebello’s commitment to sourcing their own ingredients, keeping ingredients as chemical free as possible. The restaurant raises its own cattle in the lush landscapes of the Natal Midlands, ensuring the highest quality of grass-fed, ethically grown beef. This commitment to quality extends to the vegetables that accompany the dishes, as Settebello proudly grows its own produce, adding a farm-to-table element to every plate. This element gives ‘La Ciccia’ flexibility and uniqueness in building their menu to ensure guests have a truly remarkable experience during these evenings.

The concept of ‘La Ciccia’ was born from the vision of Settebello’s owners, Pino Di Benedetto and Miro Marques. Their passion for traditional Italian cuisine and their desire to share the lesser-known aspects of Italian culinary traditions led to the creation of ‘La Ciccia.’ Through this extension, they aim to demonstrate that Italian cuisine is a symphony of flavours, where the harmony of taste is not limited to pasta and pizza alone.

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La Ciccia at Settebello. Source: Provided

“We are thrilled to introduce ‘La Ciccia’ to our patrons, inviting them to explore a variety of Italian meat dishes like never before,” says Pino Di Benedetto. “This extension is a labour of love, a culmination of our commitment to showcasing the diverse facets of Italian gastronomy. With ‘La Ciccia,’ we invite guests to experience the traditional flavours of our carefully nurtured cattle and homegrown vegetables, celebrating the true essence of Italian cuisine.”

Miro Marques adds, “Creating ‘La Ciccia’ has been a journey of passion and discovery. It’s our way of sharing the depth and diversity of Italian culinary heritage. With ‘La Ciccia,’ we aim to reveal the rich flavours that our culture has to offer, starting with the exceptional meat traditions. These evenings are about celebrating and bringing the rich culture that we, as not only Italians but also as South Africans, have. In essence, South Africa is known to have some of the best meat in the world, so really it was about tying in the best of SA with the best of Italian, with a bit of a twist.”

As Settebello continues its culinary journey with the launch of the Carne Diem evenings at ‘La Ciccia,’ guests can anticipate an immersive experience that goes beyond the ordinary, inviting them to discover the depth and richness of Italian meat traditions.

Settebello’s ‘Carne Diem’ evenings, featuring a nine-course meal including dessert and wine, takes place once a month and priced at just R900 per person. The first of these evenings will take place on 14 September. Booking is essential and can be done via eat@settebello.co.za or by calling 010 035 5207.

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