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Best Italian in Cairo at Trattoria in Zamalek

roxlet | Aug 23, 200912:03 AM

Trattoria is a very good Italian restaurant, and very atypical for Cairo. It is not a chain and it even serves wine and pork products! Though it is quite expensive, you could get out of there for about 120LE (about $21) for two if you just have a pasta each. Entrees are bout 80LE. We had the carpaccio, which was quite good, tomatoes and mozzarella, which was adequate, and a minestrone, which was just so-so. The entrees were a veal in a putanesca type sauce, which was very tasty, gnocchi in a tomato sauce, which were surprisingly light and flavorful, and a sauteed sea bass, which was quite tasty. All the ingredients were real and fresh -- no canned cheese or the ubiquitous "beef bacon" that is so prevalent in other Italian restaurants in Egypt. The ambiance is lovely too. Simple beige walls with wooden framed mirrors and no glitz what so ever.

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