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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Staff are unprofessional and rude.
A beautiful, busy, gorgeous breathe of fresh Italian air. Such a stunning place to unwind and enjoy the gorgeous delicacies of Italy
This is a recent find that has sky rocketed to the top of the list of places I love to go for a bite to eat. If you're mad about a strong cup of coffee, this is worth a pit stop. When the coffee is served strong, I usually deviate from adding milk / foam / cream of any kind - their Americano's are superb.
The menu is extensive - from a wide variety of breakfast options, delicious pasta and out of the box sandwiches to fit your mood. If you've just stopped in for a quick cup of coffee, make sure you stop by their ice cream section on the way out and get a scoop of their incredible Gelato. Their flavours change often, but you can usually expect something on the plainer side and then something more unusual like cherry or watermelon.
Old Town is only open until 4pm, so you'll have to plan your visit for breakfast or lunch. It can also be super packed on the weekends, so if you don't want to wait for a table, pull yourself out of bed to be there when the doors crack open at 7am.
Old Town Italy is a superb extension of the excellent restaurant group of Remo's in Umhlanga Rocks. Our meal was perfect and in spite of pouring rain, (which meant no-one could sit outside), the restaurant was packed, service good and the vibe intoxicating. We will be back often.
We tried this restaurant on recommendation from friends, the location is excellent. The look of the restaurant is gorgeous and lots of attention has been paid to details. The restaurant is busy and I imagine spending an afternoon there with girlfriends trying out all their starters and having wine, this is the perfect place to do this. It feels like you have escaped Natal when you visit this restaurant, the atmosphere and decor are outstanding. We first sat outside and had drinks. I had an ice tea and husband had cuppachino. The ice tea is imported and amazing, the cuppachino is amazing, but very small. On this day it was quite cold and the wind quite strong, we put our names down to move inside. We didn't wait long at all. Once inside the excellent service we experienced outside was completely gone. We were completely ignored and waited forever for a waitron to assist. We also couldn't get anybody's attention. It seems as though they are understaffed inside. Their food is fresh and amazing and their deserts are to die for. We tried their milkshakes and these too were amazing! Will definitely try this restaurant again as a snack and socialising experience, this time outside.