Pot of jazz gold at Rain­bow

City mu­sic guru raves about plat­form for tal­ent at new city venue

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re­spect for the Mu­sic van de Caab – The Cape Mu­sic Project – at Solms Delta wine farm in Fran­schhoek, and goes there fre­quently.

“They have some good wines too,” says Alan, whose love of pino­tage is well doc­u­mented.

He may be an am­bas­sador for the most South African of wines, but when it comes to food, Alan goes Ital­ian.

“I’m pas­sion­ate about cook­ing with pasta, and Ital­ian foods be­ing my spe­cial­ity, I’m afraid I must say the best place for a great lasagne or any pasta dish is my own kitchen.” He adds that a pot of bolog­naise is bub­bling on the stove as we speak.

When he doesn’t feel like cook­ing – or do­ing the dreaded wash­ing up af­ter­wards, a pet hate – Alan seeks out the best Ital­ian restau­rants in Cape Town, judg­ing each by its lasagne.

“Trat­to­ria Luigi in Hout Bay re­ally serves up one of the best lasagnes, and for great veal Saltim­bocca is the place to visit, as is Mag­ica Roma in Pinelands. I’ve re­cently dis­cov­ered the new A Tavola in Clare­mont. It passed the lasagne taste test but their pre­sen­ta­tion and ser­vice left room for im­prove­ment.”

Lis­ten to Eric Alan on Ra­dio 2000 when he does The Very, Very Early Retro Ra­dio Break­fast Show on Sun­days be­tween 2am and 6am, and again from 6pm till 9pm when he presents Jazz Ren­dezvous.

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