Primo Italian dining in CBD
Having all travelled to Italy, my dining companions and I were impressed to see some of our favourite Italian dishes on the menu at La Voglia and wasted no time in ordering a bruschetta with tomato, red onion, feta and basil ($9) and arancinis filled with beef ragu and napoli sauce ($9) from the antipasti menu. Both dishes were fresh, delicious and, with three a piece, perfect to share. With a range of starters, pizza, pasta and sides to choose from we did our best to order a selection and each chose a dish from three of the menus. The fettucine carbonara served with creamy sauce, bacon and parmesan ($22) was a generous serving and proved to be a hit with the pasta connoisseur at the table. The pepperoni pizza with salami, peppers, olives, tomatoes and mozzarella ($21) was a hit and looked and tasted just like those we had all sampled during our travels through Italia. From the main’s menu we ordered corn-fed chicken breast marinated in garlic and lemon with beetroot, orzo, olives, red onion and salsa verde ($25). The meal was juicy and delicious and worthy of another visit to La Voglia. The dessert menu offered six choices but there was no going past the tiramisu ($13.50) for these diners and we were glad we didn’t – it was the perfect way to end a great meal.
From the moment we walked into La Voglia until the moment we left the service we received was very good, in fact much better than many other restaurants and cafes I have recently dined in. Our waitress was very friendly, made us feel welcome and answered any questions we had in a polite and helpful manner. As we arrived relatively early on a week night during shoulder season our waitress had time to discuss the food and beverage menus with us but as the restaurant began to fill up the great service continued and we never had to wait to place drink orders or have our plates cleared.
Having dined in many Italian restaurants, we all found the atmosphere in La Voglia to be a little lacking. The music was very quiet and we couldn’t help but hear the conversations of those around us. The jovial atmosphere and noise one expects from an Italian establishment was simply non-existent. The decor, while simple, is nice.
With its central Steamer Wharf location, La Voglia is an ideal place to meet friends or family for an evening meal. The restaurant layout lends itself to seating groups of all sizes and has two main dining areas on an upper and lower level. The menu is suitable for all ages.
The food was delicious and fairly priced; the waitresses were friendly and welcoming and our table in front of the roaring fire made for a cosy setting on a cool spring evening. La Voglia offers an affordable, traditional Italian meal in an unpretentious setting in the heart of Queenstown.
Fresh food: Bruschetta with feta, basil, tomato and red onion from La Voglia.
Everything but the noise: La Voglia.
Top dish: The corn-fed chicken from La Voglia tasted every bit as good as it looked.