A culinary feast that heralded a change of season kept guests asking for more at a special Chef’s Table at Zio La Famiglia, in Hyde Park – Johannesburg. The renowned Italian family bistro hosted the lunch to showcase a menu that signalled the arrival of winter.
Hot and hearty soul food replaced cool, summery options – all special fare that Zio Head Chef, Caitlin Drake, dreamed up to ward off the Highveld cold. Her steaming lentil and bean soup was, according to guests, comforting. Chef Drake’s hot Mediterranean Pasta was a firm favourite.
But it was the Zio signature dessert, the Nutella Cheesecake, that won most of the accolades.
“No matter the weather, we always guarantee the finest fare. I think we achieved that at our memorable Chef’s Table. Most importantly, I think that everyone really had a fun time,” said Chef Drake.
Flowing throughout the lunch were liquid treats in the form of martinis from the martini maestros, Martini Royale. The Cuban special Mojito Royale, that has a hint of spice in it, was a huge hit.
According to Alessandro Khojane, owner of Zio, the restaurant wanted guests to leave with a sense of repletion, having sampled, and enjoyed, absolutely everything on the menu.
“I think we achieved that. We pride ourselves on being a family restaurant. Our menu, our attitude to large groups of diners and our welcoming staff prove that we are just that: family oriented,” said Khojane.