There was a time when a visit to your local grocery store was more of a social event than a chore. Where the butcher knew your preferences and the baker greeted you by name – a place where product knowledge, a hearty smile and sound advice was given freely.
These day spots like this are few and far between and so we’re forced to head back to the supermarket for run-of-the-mill ingredients and less than fresh products. Luckily for Capetonians that is all about to change with the opening of Old Town Italy, a new, authentic Italian foodie haven.
Offering an authentic Italian food experience, the much-loved Old Town Italy brand has recently opened spots in both Johannesburg and Cape Town — no mean feat considering the current climate. Customers can now enjoy the Old Town Italy hospitality at trendy Melrose Arch, in Johannesburg as well as the Mother City’s vibrant V&A Waterfront, with a second branch opening to follow at Durbanville’s Village Square in the coming months.
Specialising in authentic Italian cuisine, Old Town Italy promises to transport customers back to a time to when life was defined by a more romantic set of values, based on a simpler, slower and better quality of life. The space is a unique combination of deli-style food counters and a fully-fledged restaurant where locals can tuck into the very best Italian treats made from the freshest ingredients.
No matter what you’re looking for chances are you will find it at Old Town Italy – whether it’s charcuterie, patisserie, or an authentic Italian meal. A small range of frozen food gives homebodies the chance to get a taste of Old Town Italy and includes classics made by the restaurant such as Beef Lasagne, Risotto balls, as well as Gelato.
There’s also a selection of fine Italian pantry essentials and gifting items to shop – think beautifully wrapped sauces, traditional Italian olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and more.
As for the menu, next to great coffee and freshly baked pastries, you’ll find Italian classics like paninis, pizza, and hearty pasta dishes, just like Nonna used to make. Enjoy firm favourites, like Eggs Benedict and French Toast for breakfast or tuck into the highly recommended homemade gnocchi with braised sausage, chilli, and bean ragù for lunch.
Old Town Italy is open from 08:00 to 17:00 daily. Find it at shop 1 & 1E, Quay Four Pierhead, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.