The restaurant is owned and operated by the effervescent Carmel Ruggeri @CarmR and her brother Tony along with their family of staff including Carmel's husband Smiley and that "hot" Spanish chef Killan Diaz. Carmel tells me she hired Killian, purely based on his charming good looks but lucky for Carmel it turned out he could actually cook. And wow can he cook!
|Carmel and Killian|
I've heard about La Casa from a few people so I thought I would take two of my friends Milly and B and my Calabrian Mr.
Gamberi all’aglio con pomodorini piccante e verjuice
Calamari fritti con rucola, aioli e balsamico
Polpette della Mamma
Mr - Fettucine con gamberi, aglio, olio, peperoncino, spinaci e capperi
|Milli - Penne alla Norma|
This dish was named after the famous opera ‘Norma’ composed by Sicilian, Vincenzo Bellini. A mix of ricotta, eggplant and olives in a napoli sauce. I didn't get to try much of this much but I do remember the penne was al dente! And if the sauce was anything like the one on the meatballs, Milli was in for a treat.
|B - Wagyu Steak|
Coniglio in Agrodolce
|Frangipane & marmalade tart|
|Affogato with hazelnut gelato, liquor and espresso coffee|
|Trio of gelato|
Carmel and the team are like a second family which is what makes La Casa your new Italian home and besides if the Sicilians like it, you know it's good!