Sardinian owner Antonella Scamuzzi and his passionate team continue to turn out some of the best pizza in the mother city at this veteran spot. They’ve also recently expanded with a small pizzeria on Sea Point Main Road and a takeaway spot at the V&A Waterfront market.
Food Kick things off, and atone for what is to come, by sharing one of the interesting salads – think artichokes, parmigiano, caramelized red onions, roasted pine nuts, and baby leaves; or a Caprese with fresh fior di latte.
From there, your best bet is progress to one of the glorious wood-fired pizzas. These are the real deal. They arrive looking like something out of Eat, Pray, Love – bubbling, golden and chewy. The calzone is particularly spectacular, whether it’s stuffed with taleggio and coppa; or loaded with porcini mushrooms and rocket.
Pastas are moreish. The traditional beef lasagna is a thoroughly indulgent thing, with cheese flowing out like lava. For once, some rocket leaves on the side are a blessing. Vegetarian? Try the version made with carasau bread, grilled aubergines, and tomatello sauce.
There’s also a range of fish, veal and lamb dishes.
Finish with a serving of seadas nostras – a Sardinian speciality – golden pastry filled with fresh mozzarella, preserved figs and macadamia nuts or an ice cream drowning in espresso.
Drinks The decent wine list also features some Italian grappa, and there are Woodstock Brewery beers on tap.
Service Friendly and relaxed.
Ambience Smart navy walls are hung with framed photos. As of 2018, tables are now spread with brown paper instead of linen, to save water. Nab a seat next the pizza oven in winter. Things can get chilly close to those glass walls.
Best for... Life-affirming pizza.
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Please stay away from the waterfront branch. Service is pathetic. Waited over 2hours for one pizza.
Please, do not visit the branch at the Waterfront.
The Pizza is a huge rip off and not worth R100+ and if in doubt, a trial will convince you.
Its a great pity that the Italians who used to own this place are not there. This nonna Lina has lost what it had. The food is mediocre and way over priced. R100 for a ham and pineapple pizza R115 for a small salad with one piece of articoke. The Dom Pedro was less than half a glass and the tiramisu was sour while the beer R58 for craft beer ? we felt ripped off and disappointed . Nonna Lina is not recommended.
I am utterly applauded not only with the take away pizza quality but with the way in which the manager handle it this evening when I phoned to tell him about it.
I order two takeaway pizzas,
1 vegetarian and one ifungi with extra salami,
The vegetarian had anchovies all over it.
When I told the manager he said the vegetarian always has anchovies on it, on their menu this does not state anchovies and every time I have order from their restaurant it has never had anchovies on.
I would definitely not order this pizza then because anchovies are very pungent. What if I had been allergic to anchovies?
My boyfriend had to phone a second time and the manager did not seem to know what the difference between anchovies and artichokes were until we said there was fish all over a vegetarian pizza.
The ifungi was dry and awfully my boyfriend could not even finish a slice. This has been by far the worst pizza we have ever ordered and this is not the first time we have had trouble with a take away from Nona Lina. In fact we threw our pizzas straight in the bin and wasted our money.
When I told your manager he said sorry there is nothing he can do
Consistently excellent. Having eaten throughout Italy, I find Nonna Lina to be the most authentic.