One of the downsides of living in South Africa (as apposed to Europe) is that we can’t jump in our Fiat 500 or take short plane ride to have breakfast in Italy.
But, we can still get a taste of the Italiano Felicità and Mama Mia of authentic Italian style dining right here in South Africa.
Of course I’m talking about Old Town Italy. With branches at Menlyn Maine and Umhlanga, this my friends is as close to Italy as we can get without leaving South African soil – and if you haven’t been, you’re missing out!
Hubby and I visited the Menlyn branch for a quick brunch and it was amazing! The only that was missing was arriving in our Vespa!
It’s beautifully decorated to make you feel like you’ve stepped into a true Italian market; complete with an Italian deli, meat “market” and even a Gellateria.
It all feels very authentic and I loved being able to pick up some Italian cheeses and artisan breads on our way home after brunch. Shopping the market was a great way to work off our full bellies and to discover some delightful foodie treats you don’t see every day.
The food, and the coffee were both amazing! And seriously, I still rate Old Town Italy’s Bosco Rosso (eggs Benedict) the best Benedict’s in town!
The eggs were cooked to perfection and I was so full, I could hardly make space for the Pistachio Gelato I had me eye on as we walked passed the Gellateria on our way to being seated at our table.
Hubby had L’Omelette with Bacon and Mushroom and he was too eager to tuck in so I’m sorry, I could not get a pic before he devoured it haha. That and I was also pretty into snapping a quick shot of mine so I could eat it too.
I thought their prices were quite reasonable considering how massive the portions were and the service was great. With the tip, our bill came to under R330, so roughly R165 per head and that included espresso, two cappuccinos, two breakfasts and an amazing Ice Tea (called San Ben Ice Tea). Plus of course the tip.
If you do decide to try it out – and you absolutely should – I’d highly recommend this spot for brunch, however I believe they do lovely dinners too.
I’m still dreaming of those Bosco Rosso eggs, but next time I’m going to start my journey at the Gellateria.