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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.