Pizzas, pastas, cannelloni, bruschetta. No, that wasn’t a heavenly poem, but a short list of some Italian foodie favourites. Got the craving? Then make sure to check out these Italian hot spots in your area.
Lupa Osteria – Upper Highway
On any given night, you’ll probably find Lupa Osteria in Hillcrest packed to the rafters. It’s no surprise given its authentic Italian menu, impressive wine list and delicious, hearty food. Just make sure you book to avoid disappointment.
You must try: a plate of the finest Parma ham with rocket and bread sticks
Spiga D’oro – Morningside
A firm Durban favourite for Italiano and a great vibe, Spiga is a reliable dinner spot no matter the occasion. Waiting for a table? Then head next door to the sister space, Sidebar, for a top selection of drinks and craft beers, and a Euro-inspired atmosphere.
You must try: the gluten-free pizza base and pasta options – delish!
Mamma Luciana’s – Glenashley
Walk into Mamma’s and you might as well be walking into a buzzing family restaurant in the heart of Italy. Hearty food, retro decor and a menu packed with variety makes this a go-to spot to get your Italian fix.
You must try: the Melanzane alla Parmigiana – food for the soul
Remo’s Villaggio – Umhlanga
With its recent menu makeover, Remo’s has further cemented itself as a top spot to grab some Italian food with a modern twist. You’ll also love the creative drinks menu, cocktail and snacks bar and general buzz of the Umhlanga village strip.
You must try: creamy polenta porridge – a breakfast favourite.
Italian Food Facts:
Pizza was born in 1889 in Naples, and the signature “La Margherita” was named after Queen Margherita of Savoy. The estimated annual pasta consumption in Italy is 30kg per person! Tomatoes are not native to Italy; they were brought over from the Americas.
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Words: Jenna Kelly | Images: Supplied