Umhlanga’s answer to little Italy continues to be one of the hotspots for lazy brunches, comforting lunches and gourmet shopping.
The food here is relaxed Italian fare partnered with glorious baked treats, gelato and cheese and charcuterie platters.
If you’re here for brunch, you won’t be disappointed with just a coffee and a pastry, but the eggy options are also just as delicious. The broad menu ranges in everything from creamy scrambled eggs with house-cured salmon to Il Bosco Rosso (poached eggs with bacon, hollandaise and avocado).
For lunch or early dinner, kick off the meal with a spectacular deli board created from your own selection of imported cured meats and cheeses as well as fresh artisanal bread. Alternatively, order off the aperitivo-style street food menu with delicious bites like deep-fried pasta pockets with arrabiata, polenta squares with pecorino cheese or marinated artichokes.
Mains include silky pastas made in-house as well as traditional wood-fired pizzas. For the former, the Zio’s pasta with tagliatelle, cream, lemon, peas, prosciutto and mushroom is completely indulgent. Else try the to-the-tooth risotto ai funghi with mixed mushrooms and truffle oil. The pizza list features all the familiar favourites and come crisp and generously topped with good mozzarella.
Round off the meal with a gelato from the pastel-coloured ice-cream stand, or grab one of Old Town Italy’s famous cronuts to go.
Local and Italian beverages are on offer. Sip on a luminescent Aperol Spritz or go for a glass of prosecco. Coffee is delicious.
Swift and welcoming. There’s often a wait for a table, in which case you’ll be seated at one of the counter spots until one becomes available.
This market, bar and restaurant is an emporium for all your Italian cuisine needs. The inside seating transports you to a buzzing European delicatessen with marble countertops, baskets of freshly baked breads, hanging charcuterie and shelves of edible treasures. On busier, warmer days, nab a table on the sidewalk.
Business lunches, boozy brunches or slap-up Italian feasts with friends.
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