Carlo Colonna, his wife, Barbara and two daughters Cari-Anne and Belinda have owned and operated the very popular La Capannina ristorante in Ramsgate North since November 1990.
Even after 26 years in this country Carlo, born and raised in St Vito, a small fishing village on the Italian Adriatic coast line, still finds the English language so enigmatic that it comes close to the illogic.
Cari-Anne and Belinda says it is their father's good humour and smiling disposition that lets him get away with most Faux Pas. His other defence is to simply shrug his shoulders and declare, “I not do purple!” ("I did not do it on purpose”).
Carlo, a gifted cabinetmaker and keen beach bowls player, says the pizzas, baked to perfection in the restaurant’s wood-fire oven, are his responsibility. But it is his wife, Barbara, who has the culinary talents which have put the restaurant quite firmly on the map and account for La Capannina’s continued popularity, he admits.
Brodette Dell Adricatrico, a traditional fishermen’s soup, originating from the region where Carlo grew up, is just one of La Capannina’s truly outstanding specialities. And when Trippa Florentina, so popular with die hard tripe eaters, is served, people come from near and far. For Barbara rings some of these appreciative, enthusiastic gourmets when this hearty dish, best enjoyed on a cold winter’s night, appears on the menu.
La Capannina’s selection of pasta dishes, always made from the freshest produce available and flavoured with herbs grown in the Colonnas’ garden, are all recommended. Out of season, La Capannina, where good food can be enjoyed in extremely pleasant surroundings, closes on Mondays and does not serve Tuesday lunch. Remember, though, as this is one of the most popular restaurants in the area, it is always recommended to book.
Driving from Margate Airport, head north on David Street toward Tennyson Road. Turn right onto Anne Barnard Road and take the 1st left onto De Wet Street. Turn right onto Shepstone Avenue and take the 3rd right onto Lawenski Drive. Continue onto Wartski Drive for 37m then take the 1st right onto R620. Take the 3rd left onto Marine Drive for approximately 300m, La Capannina Restaurant will be on your left.
-30° 52' 31.67''
30° 21' 37.15''
206 Marine Drive
Lunch: 12:00 - 14:00
Dinner: 18:00 - 21:00
Open Sunday and Mondays in Season