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Partner content: Loop Street lunch favourite to open for dinner

Giulio Loreggian is not one to rest on his laurels. Last year he re-launched Giulio’s Café with wood-burning pizza ovens and this year he’s opening the quintessential lunch spot for dinner two nights every week.

A starter on the dinner menu, playing with the different textures of beetroot. Photo supplied.

Regular diners will be happy to know that dinnertime comes with a brand new seasonal menu. Pizzas will still feature but with added dishes like a creamy Buratta caprese salad; grilled calamari with a salsa verde sauce, chilli oil and caramelised lemon; beef tagliata in a parmesan and truffle dressing; and a slow-roasted lamb ragu atop pappardelle. You could also opt for the baked pasta of the day, the linguine marinara or the three-cheese gnocchi topped with toasted walnuts and rocket. (Vegan options are available.) Think cannoli, chocolate beignets, mille-feuille in an Amaretto and citrus jus, hand-made ice creams and a classic tiramisu.

Giulio with one of his pizzas. Photo supplied.

The simple yet sophisticated interior will get a night-time makeover, too. The space will be warm and candle-lit, perfect for date nights, and will host local live entertainment. Also enjoy a range of Italian cocktails like Aperol spritzes, wine and prosecco to complement the food.

Giulio’s Café will be open for dinner every Thursday and Friday night from 5pm to 10pm. Inform them of any dietary restrictions when you book, which should be ASAP. “Tables are being snapped up faster than you can say cannoli,” Giulio quips. Reserve one via info@giulios.co.za or 0214186304.

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