Cosy up at Old Town Italy this winter with live music, fine wine and authentic Italian cuisine


Old Town Italy

If you’re looking for an inviting and toasty hang out in the southern suburbs this winter (complete with fine food and wine) then High Constantia’s trendy new locale, Old Town Italy is where to make your next reservation.

Born out of the heart of Umhlanga, KwaZulu Natal, Old Town Italy is the brainchild of partners Renzo Scribante, Clifford Barratt and Chris Wright whose vision was to create an experience that is defined by a seemingly more romantic set of values. A place to slow down and enjoy life’s simpler pleasures and experience the feeling of yesteryear, while indulging in authentic Italian cuisine that’s been artisanally crafted with locally sourced ingredients.

Life & Brand Portfolio (known for popular Cape Town establishments like Harbour House, Grand Cafe, and La Parada) recently acquired the Old Town Italy brand, launching the popular experience in Constantia and more recently, in Durbanville.

Earlier this month we sat down to take it all in at their store in the southern suburbs. Old Town Italy’s, location (nestled in the leafy gateway to Groot Constantia in the popular High Constantia Centre) is an idyllic setting for the brand. The store, coupled with a charming outdoor patio and gorgeous views of rolling greenery and mountain tops, truly feels like dining in a small Italian village.

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The extensive in-store, restaurant and retail offering creates a unique trifecta – there’s a mini bakery and butchery (known as the market) and a store filled with fine Italian pantry essentials and gifts like authentic sauces, traditional Italian olive oil, balsamic vinegar, passata, biscotti, frozen foods, coffee, pasta and so much more. There’s even a dedicated Gelato section with a variety of artisanal flavours to choose from.

The market (situated upstairs in the café section of the restaurant) includes a butchery with local curred meats, a cheese counter packed with premium cheeses and an on-premises bakery, which serves up freshly baked loaves, confectionaries and great coffee every day.

The restaurant extends downstairs where guests are often welcomed by a crackling fireplace and live music. The vintage-esque bar stocks just about everything but most notable would be their selection of grappa and wines including the most delectable Italian-style vino by Morgenster, as well as Idiom, recommended to us by Old Town Italy GM Peter Wernich, who generously popped a bottle 2019 Pinot Grigio for us to try.

Before taking the first order, our fabulous waitress Zee briefed us on the cuisine and café culture of Old Town Italy and told us how the brand takes pride in preserving traditional and regional cuisine that supports local farmers and food artisans. We decided to start off with a “bit of everything” and ordered the Italian Street Food Platter – a filling, culinary adventure of polpette (Italian meatballs in napolitana sauce) and bruschetta topped with onion, tomato and avo, as well as traditional arancini balls, halloumi fingers and chicken croquettes to top it all off. The perfect starter for a group of friends or a family looking to taste a bit of everything featured on the starter menu.

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Next, we tried their signature, Old Town Linguine. It’s one of the most popular dishes and it’s easy to see why. Not for the faint-hearted, this dankly flavoured dish packs a decadent punch with its Parmesan, truffle cream sauce, prepared tableside in a Parmesan wheel. Perfectly paired with a side serving of their grass-feed beef carpaccio – the freshness of the carpaccio combined with the rich Linguine, perfectly to balance each other.

If it’s pizza you’re in the mood for, we absolutely loved the Giorgio and Martesana Pepperoni. The latter is for cheese lovers as it’s packed with gorgonzola and dashes of sweet red onion marmalade. Each and every dish paired wonderfully both the Morgenster Sauvignon blanc and Idiom Bianco Pinot Grigio we sipped on throughout the day.

Mouthwatering cuisine, good service and an excellent atmosphere that was warm, cosy and welcoming is why we’ll be returning to Old Town Itlay, High Constantia, very soon!

Beyond their fabulous instore and restaurant offerings, Old Town Italy also hosts a list of fabulous experiences, and workshops like their monthly La Dolce Vino tasting menu and wine-pairing event as well as Cake and Prosecco – a class where guests are taught a variety of cake decorating techniques while sipping away on prosecco. And then there’s also the popular, Aperitivo Hour! Get more information on these exclusive experiences, right here.

For more information and to make a reservation, contact Old Town Italy, High Constantia on 021 569 3784 or email highconstantia@oldtown.co.za. Join the La Dolce Vino Facebook page for more information on this upcoming event.

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Old Town Italy – High Constantia, Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Shop 12, High Constantia Centre, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia
Cape Town


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