A truly Italian pleasure
La Casetta is in the middle of rice paddies in Umalas on Jl. Bumbak. The restaurant has a big a covered terrace with an open transition to the inner area, all in an extraordinary style. The furniture is made of wood and very colorful, there are a lot of decorative elements like pillows and paintings all over the place. I especially like the beautiful wallpapers in different designs and the colorful place mats. The food is very delicious, and tastes authentic Italian. Like in Italy you get focaccia with rosemary and grissini before you order.
The menu is very large, so the choice is not easy, they have a small selection of the house specials. We decided on insalata di mare (seafood salad) and antipastina di polpo e patate (marinated octopus and potatoes) as starter, ciriole al polpo (pasta with octopus) and pappadelle al ragu’ (pasta with meat sauce) as main course and crostata con marmellata di frutta (cake with fruit jam) as dessert. All the dishes are very well seasoned and the ingredients are fresh and tasty. Particularly noteworthy is the high quality of the seafood, which is no implicitness in Bali. It was the first time I tried ciriole, it reminded me of a kind of German noodles (Schupfnudeln) which are made of potatoes, flour and eggs, but I definitely prefer the firmer consistency of ciriole.
The pasta is homemade and tastes great, they have a big variety, not only the famous ones like penne or spaghetti. You can find gnocci, orecchiette (formed like little ears), bucatini (like thick spaghetti) or cappelletti (filled pasta formed like a semi circle) and many more. Some of the pasta stuffing is fancy, like grouper fish or rocket salad and cheese. The prices are reasonable for the high quality of the food, we paid 50.000 rp (3,10€) for the octopus antipasti, 65.000 rp (4,10€) for the seafood salad and the pasta dishes and 30.000 rp (1,90€) for the cake. They also have a assortment of Italian, Australian and Chilean wines for 250.000-400.000 rp (16,00-25,00€) per bottle.
If you are a fan of Italian food, you should definitely give La Casetta a try!