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Old Town Italy (Umhlanga Rocks)

6 Reviews
Café fare, Italian, Mediterranean, Modern, Pizzas, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0315665008 Opening Hours

Saturday to Wednesday 7am to 6pm; Thursday to Friday 7am to 9pm

Menu

Menu - OT Breakfast Menu - Updated November 2019 OT Main Menu - Updated November 2019 OT Beverage Menu  - Updated November 2019

Details

Cost
R100 avg main meal
Food
Café fare, Italian, Mediterranean, Modern, Pizzas, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Quick meals
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Beer served, Breakfast, Child friendly, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

39 Meridian Drive Umhlanga Rocks, Durban 4319

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Nikita Buxton

Umhlanga’s answer to little Italy continues to be one of the hotspots for lazy brunches, comforting lunches and gourmet shopping.

Food
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.

Drinks
Local and Italian beverages are on offer. Sip on a luminescent Aperol Spritz or go for a glass of prosecco. Coffee is delicious.

Service
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.

Ambience
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.

Best for…
Business lunches, boozy brunches or slap-up Italian feasts with friends.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    I visited this place on my birthday and wow i loved it , it was exactly how I planned to spend my day in a quiet small restaurant that was full of italian ambience, the food was incredible I couldn’t stop raving about it. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a quiet relaxing place to just chill
    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.

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