Spiga D’Oro is a Durban institution. If you’re looking for fresh Italian pizza and pasta with the vibe of a local trattoria in Italy, this is the place to go.

Found at 200 Florida Road, and open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner (from 7am to 11pm during the week, and till 1.45am on weekends), Spiga is the perfect spot for a relaxed breakfast with good coffee, a delicious lunch with a glass of wine, or a fun dinner with a group of friends. The café spills out on to the pavement and there’s a surprising amount of space inside – you’re sure to find the perfect spot.

It’s hard to pick a favourite from their extensive menu – there’s everything from antipasti to salads, pizza and pasta, with a huge selection for each – but the calamari sughetto salad (with baby greens, baby calamari and tentacles, rocket, napoleta and fresh lemon) is very special, and the focaccia con carpaccio pizza (with thinly sliced marinated mature fillet, padano, rocket and olive oil) is superb.

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The drinks menu is just as long as you’d expect from a party restaurant – the Aperol spritz is my favourite cocktail, but there are plenty of wines to choose from (including a number by the glass) and an impressive craft beer selection.

They’ve also recently jumped on the First Thursday bandwagon, with art exhibitions, music, capoeira and breakdancing on the first Thursday of the month – a lot of fun.

In short, if you haven’t been to Spiga yet, you haven’t really experienced Durban’s dining scene. Love it or don’t understand the hype, it’s a must-eat location!

Words: Bridget McNulty

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