#Wine Down Wednesday @ Trattoria Maranello

Home of good food, nice people and … FERRARI 

If it’s traditional trattoria that you’re after then Maranello is just the place to be, for here it is where you will receive the warmth and personal touch of a casual family-run Italian eatery. Owner and chef ULI STAMM and his team shares their passion and surprises their customers with authentic Italian and Mediterranean cooking.

Situated right on the beach in beautiful Melkbosstrand, don’t be surprised if you can see dolphins, seals and whales in season from their lovely Deck – not to mention the unbelievable dramatic sunsets!

The open Deck
Owner and chef Uli Stamm

Chef Uli left Germany after a three year apprenticeship to travel the world – and travel he did! Destinations such as France and Italy and working with Bocuse, Troisgros and Marchesi was as interesting as cooking up country in small trattorias or with the “mamas” at home. 
Around the Mediterranean sea, Middle East, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand… His journey continued.

In the 80’s alongside his brother they took over one of the 8 restaurants in the hotel Treasure Island, Las Vegas.

Back in Germany chef Uli opened “The Bundschuh”, a wine restaurant in the oldest house of Karlsruhe built in 1463. His perseverance was rewarded with one star and 13 points by the restaurant guide Gault et Millau for five consecutive years!

In 2000 chef Uli returned with his wife Maggie to South Africa, now in Melkbos – again in the oldest restaurant in town.

Few of the passionate staff members making up Team Maranello


Maranello prides itself in using only the freshest ingredients. The food is simple, honest and authentic. Chef Uli only uses locally grown organic products and high quality imports. I was completely delighted in the aromas and flavors, reminding me of home-cooked meals. 

Menu on the board changes daily, keeping it exciting

Chef Uli went all out, treating us to a delicious 3-course meal. It was beautifully prepared as it was presented, AND served by the man himself… Respect. 

For starters we had a tasting of two dishes. Served in one plate for us to share made it so much more enjoyable and it looked as delicious as it tasted! 

Prosciutto e frutta stagionale & Calamaretti alla griglia

Thinly sliced Prosciutto di Parma, served with fresh seasonal fruit or avocado & Tender Baby-Squid, sprinkled with a secret seasoning and served with grilled lemon wedges, chilli & garlic and a lemon-aioli for dipping

Main courses… the moment I took my first bite of the Beef Short-rib one feeling overwhelmed me. Comfort. This is my comfort food! Warm, soft, creamy, full of flavor, well balanced with the course vegetables. 

The Pesce del Giovuo, fresh Hake in creamy lemon & caper sauce was exactly that, a deliciously fresh taste sensation complimented with the crunchyness of the vegetables… deliciousness in every single bite!

Costoletta di Manzo
Pesce del Giovuo

Dessert…. mmmm. Have you ever heard of Wasabi Sambuca? I haven’t but got to taste it! Not a very friendly number on its own, but when presented in a Wasa-Dom Pedro… well you’ve got a winner! Dessert number two was a Tiramisu Liqueur with a scoop of  Vanilla Ice Cream. I can highly recommend both to end your amazing dining experience at Maranello.

If you can’t choose… have them both!

One piece of advice, come hungry! Generous size portions, you won’t be disappointed. At Maranello kids can order anything off the menu as everything on the menu can be served in kiddies size portions at half price.

The bar is cozy and makes for a great pit stop for any sports events. With an extensive wine list offering both local and imported Italian wines, wine lovers are sure to be pleased. They also have a huge Grappa selection. 

I mentioned the stunning open Deck. The perfect spot to come and unwind with a seriously cold beer or glamorous cocktail or two whilst watching the sunset.

In doubt about which cocktail it’s going to be? I’ll make it easy for you, take the Yougo! Refreshing, fresh, minty and full of tiny bubbles, it’s a must have!

Planning a party soon? Come have a look at The Cattedrale. Nothing is impossible for Chef Uli, he will turn this into a party of note! Can be booked for functions and be used as a dance floor. “Metti le tue scarpe da ballo” – put on your dancing shoes 💃🏼

The Cattedrale

Last but definitely not the least…


“It’s all about the models” – Owner and chef Uli Stamm

As you make your way around the trattoria you’ll see the remarkable collection of more than 60 years of memorabilia through the ages. It truly is something to see.

Ferrari is celebrating its 70th birthday this year. Come choose one of the great new craft beers on tap and let’s cheers to Ferrari 🍻

A huge shout out to my beautiful friend Yolandi for joining me on this lovely dining experience and playing assistant and model, job well done girlfriend 😉

Where to find: 44 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand – just look out for the red Ferrari surfboards and flag 

Contact Maranello on 021 553 5701 for reservations to be sure you have the best seat in the house!


Author: CapeTownUncorked

I'm a photographer and a fairly "Capetonian-centric" wine drinker* Through my wine-stained lens I'll take you through our beautiful winelands, one click & a sip at a time.

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