Introducing Umhlanga’s contender for best pizza

Strada Cucina is the new Italian gem that has hit the ever-growing Umhlanga Ridge area, making for a welcome addition for locals and office workers alike.

Fast facts

Cost: R100 average main meal
Parking: Find a spot in The Boulevard’s parking lot
Food type: Italian
Star ratings: Food: 4; Service: 4; Ambience: 4


The simple and concise menu features pastas made using imported Italian pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and grills. The picante penne with bolognese, cream, ginger, chilli and brandy is hearty and comforting, while the puttanesca with Napoli sauce, olives, capers and anchovies is packed with bright flavours. On the grill front, the baby chicken is a serious hit and is cooked in the wood-fired oven with garlic butter or peri peri.

The pizzas are crisp to perfection and some of the best in town. Enjoy yours topped with favourites like marinated mushrooms, Danish feta, onions and chilli; buffalo mozzarella, olive oil and fresh basil; or salty salami, onions, gorgonzola and wild rocket.

For dessert, go for the chocolate fondant or some assorted gelato.


The restaurant is still waiting on its liquor licence, so bring along your favourite wine or sip on some good coffee, fresh juices or sweet shakes.


Efficient, yet casual and friendly.


A sleek black-and-white theme is complemented by warm lighting, mirrors and greenery accents. The red pizza oven is in full view to add to the charm. On warmer evenings, ask for a table on the sidewalk.

Best for…

A relaxed Italian-style feast.

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