Mother’s Day planned? Spoil her with an Italian lunch/dinner at Trattoria San Francesco

BY GRAEME LUND - APRIL 26, 2016

St Francis Bay, with its long beaches, wide river estuary and beautiful suburbs, is a delightful village that offers plenty of fun for the whole family. While many businesses in the area receive fewer visitors outside of the holiday season, one place that seems to flourish all-year-round is Trattoria San Francesco on the first floor of The Village Shopping Centre.

If you are planning a special Mother’s Day lunch or dinner, with a taste of Italy, then be sure to book a table at this magnificent restaurant – with its sweeping views of the St Francis Bay Golf Course. They offer standard Italian fare in a conventional setting, but the secret to Trattoria’s success is that it is exceptionally well-run.

Consistent good service and great food is what draws my family to the Trattoria again and again. Our kids love their pizzas and the Trattoria staff is tolerant of the children’s loud laughter and adolescent table manners as are many of the other patrons.

Their pizzas are cooked in gas-fired ovens, giving this classical Italian dish’s crusts a lovely crispiness. The pizzas have thin crusts, are reasonably ‘large’ and prepared from fresh and high quality ingredients. My oldest daughter loves pepperoni and says that Trattoria San Francesco has the best she’s tasted.

In addition, their pastas and lasagna are tasty and well-prepared. The salads are fresh, substantial and artfully put together.

Above all, I have found Trattoria always spotlessly clean and neat. This is always a sure sign that the owners and management are proud of their establishment and go the extra step to ensure that your dining experience is good. You will never sit at a table with a dirty table cloth or an empty salt cellar.

Their wine list is relatively short and perfectly suited to Italian dishes. Trattoria San Francesco also serves great seasonal specials and these are chalked up on blackboards.

For sports fans or smokers, there is a pub next door designed to satisfy their needs. There are also tables on the veranda for those perfect evenings or hot, sunny afternoons.

I must add, Trattoria San Francesco staff know their stuff. Polite, efficient and on the ball, their manners perfectly complemented the food they served us - we left the restaurant with a well-rounded and wholesome feeling. To top it all, the bill is always reasonable.

My family and I eat out a lot and constantly try new eating establishments, but this is one restaurant to which we always return.

Visit Trattoria San Francesco at The Village Shopping Centre in St Francis Bay or call 042 294 0819.