Right next door to Scarborough’s multi-million dollar outdoor swimming pool is La Capannina – the latest restaurant to open in Scarborough’s revival season.
La Capannina, which rather disappointingly means ‘the hut’, has a great position overlooking the iconic Scarborough waves and during the summer, I’m sure that the large outdoor area will be filled with customers. Even on the winter’s day we visited, several people chose to sit outside wrapped in the blankets that the restaurant provides.
It’s a large spacious place and on Tuesday lunchtime it was packed. We were lucky to have arrived early and be shown to a table by the window to enjoy that gorgeous view.
An extensive menu is available and the inside space is well set out with minimal but interesting décor.
We chose to share a starter of balsamic glazed cacciatore with lots of bread ($14) that was simple but good. We were only halfway through our starter when our mains appeared which we obviously sent back but later reading of reviews showed that this wasn’t an isolated case.
As for the main meals, which tasted as if they had been reheated rather than remade, my Gnocchi la Sorrentina ($24) was very stodgy. My husband had the Le Neve al granchio ($29) -Spaghetti with black squid ink and local Manna crab, which he said was delicious.
The servers were all pleasant but somewhat slow to respond to customers at most tables. When we were paying our bill the hostess asked how we had enjoyed the experience. I told her that we loved the restaurant’s location and the majority of the food however we were not happy about the mains being served far too early. She laughed and said she thought it was a lack of communication between the servers and the kitchen. Hardly the attitude for a restaurant asking customers to shell out $26 to $42 for main course food.
La Capannina has not been open too long so we will go back but perhaps some further staff training would be helpful.
Lots of parking right outside the restaurant but go early to get the ACROD spaces.
Address: The Esplanade, Scarborough
Phone: 0414 524 567
Opening hours: 11am-Midnight Seven days
Gluten-free options: Yes
Vegetarian options: Yes
Entertainment Book: No
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