Located on Samagi Mawatha, CASA is a popular drop-in among us folks who live around the area. Except for me, apparently. Anyway, I finally paid them a visit last week. Vishvi covered the place several months ago and it really hasn't changed much since then.
Their menu has a variety of Italian dishes aside from pizza; like ravioli, pasta, and lasagna. Along with a few sandwiches, burgers and salads. The menu was impressive especially considering the fact that this is a family business (the restaurant is literally their verandah).
The Four Cheese pleasantly surprised us. It was cheesy, delicious and very filling. The four kinds of cheese they have used (blue cheese, ricotta, parmesan, and stringy mozzarella) were evenly spread out. It's probably the safest bet here as we weren't fans of the other half.
The Pizza Siciliana was essentially a meatballs pizza but the meatballs were horrendous. There was no seasoning to it, except for a pinch of pepper. It was bland and tasted more like really bad tofu than meat. The rest of the pizza was just cheese and tomato sauce so there wasn't much to say about it. Vishvi tried the same thing before and it had been fantastic. I don't know how they could have wrong with this, but it was really bad.
We also tried the Chicken Lasagna (Rs. 1000) which was quite decent. The lasagna sheets were cooked well with thick layers of chicken bolognese in the middle, topped with melted parmesan and mozzarella. It could have used a bit more spiciness to it because it didn't have the same heat you'd normally find in a chicken bolognese.
The Tiramisu (Rs. 350) we got for dessert was phenomenal. It's a lot bigger portion than what you would get at Domenico's for the same price, and it tastes just as good. It was light, succulent and melts in your mouth. It's well worth your price and a lightly sweet dessert to end a hefty meal.
The service was really good; attentive and fast. They have an open kitchen and a wood-fired oven so you can pretty much see the entire process of how the food is being prepared.
The prices here are too steep considering how they don't have to pay rent for the premises and it's located on the outskirts of the city because if you go to Giovanni's, you're pretty much spending the same amount. That being said, the ambiance alone is enough to attract the locals for a nice dinner on a weekend.
A home-based Italian restaurant serving wood-fired, thin crust pizza and delicious Tiramisu.
සිංහල චික්! කියලා හිතිලා තිබ්බෙ. පස්සෙ ඔක්කොම වැඩ පැත්තක දාලා, කඩා ගත්තා බියර් එකක්. කඩාගෙන උගුර දෙක තොල ගාද්දී.. “අඩේ.. මොනවා හරි ඔ්ඩරයක් දැම්ම නම් හොඳයිනෙ. ඉර බැහැගෙන යන හැන්දෑවෙ. පුංචි වැහි කෝඩයකුත් අල්ලන වෙලාවෙ”
සිංහල ආයේ ඉතින් කතා දෙකක් නෑ, තමන්ගේ තැනකට ගියා වගේ සැලකිල්ලක් තමයි කාසා ඉටෑලියා එකෙන් ලැබෙන්නේ.
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