Last night Villa 47 launched its 2nd floor Seta fusion cocktail lounge, with a festive evening of cocktails made with Belvedere vodka, Italian sparkling wine, and Glenmorangie whisky, lovely Italian foods, as well as a DJ. It was previously called Stuzzico.

Seta means silk in Italian, and silk-covered cushions have been added to the decor to add colour, and to liven up to the theme. The use of gold silk particularly attracts attention. With the shutters open, the space is far brighter and lighter than I remembered it when it first opened. Pot plants have been attached to the wall, a new decor touch too. The kitchen counter is open plan, used last night to prepare Belvedere vodka cocktails. I tried a refreshing Strawberry Summer Spritz. 

On the tables platters of Italian charcuterie, with cheeses and olives, were set up, giving us a first taste of things Italian. 

Colourful was a canapé of marinated Salmon with fennel, wasabi mayonaisse, and orange slices. This was followed by Arancini rice balls made with saffron, mozzarella, ragu, and Parmesan, linguine, Tempura Chicken, and a platter of sliced beef and chips.

The Seta menu offers Small Plates of meatballs, Arancini, and marinated salmon. Plates to share are an Italian Garden salad, Tuna Tartatre, Tempura honey Chicken, linguine, gnocchi, and springbok. Dessert choices are Panna cotta, crème brûlée, and strawberry mousse. 

I enjoyed talking to Luciano Previtera, in the photograph with Manager Rozlind Agnew, who wore a beautiful decor-matching gold skirt. Luciano is the co-owner of imported food supplier Rialto Foods, which owns the three-tier Italian Restaurant Emporium Villa 47, and we chatted about an exciting plan for next year. Recently Villa 47 opened an Italian Michelin one star-linked restaurant Pierino Penati on the top floor, now Cape Town’s Best restaurant.  

Pierino Penati Ristorante at Villa 47: Michelin-star link, Cape Town’s best fine dining restaurant now open!

Seta fusion cocktail lounge, Villa 47, 47 Bree Street, Cape Town. Tel (021) 418-2740 www.villa47.co.za Twitter:@villa47onbree Instagram: @villa47onbree Tuesday – Saturday from 16h00.

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