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Best Italian Restaurants in Cape Town

Capetonians are very particular about their pizza, and debates about the best dough in town continue unabated. Here we present our own personal favourites – and throw in the best pasta offerings for good measure. 


Something of an institution amongst Capetonians, this family-run pizzeria has been around for eons. Run by the Napoli family (real name), it recently underwent a stylish upgrade and now has a new chef and menu. Pizza still plays an integral part but there’s also pasta, antipasti, carne and the likes, while the new deli lets you stock up on fine Italian produce on your way out. 


Scala Pasta/Bar

Cape Town has its fair share of authentic Italian restaurants, but Michelin-starred chef Luciano Monosilio – widely known as the ‘King of Carbonara’ – has upped the ante at this trendy eatery. Overseen by Executive Chef Justin Barker, the atmospheric below-street-level space is indeed all about pasta, made from three different types of dough, and served as small sharing plates – perfectly al dente. We recommend going for the set menu for two – make sure to also order one of the punchy signature Negronis. https://scalapasta.co.za/ 

Scala Pasta/Bar

The Cousins Trattoria

The clue is in the name. Originally from Romagna, cousins Simone, Luca and Andrea were missing the authentic, simple food of their homeland – so they opened their own Italian restaurant. Fresh pasta, bread and tiramisu alla nonna, made using only fresh and natural ingredients, are all on the menu, portions are generous, service is charming and the cocktails pack a punch. A great spot for a slice of real Italiana. 


The Shed CPT and I Love The Dough

Situated off Long Street and on Bree Street respectively, these noteworthy new pizza joints are for all the cool cats out there. The Shed serves up fresh wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas (as well as house-made sushi and gourmet burgers) in an unpretentious setting, while I Love The Dough goes all out with candyfloss pink walls and bright neon signs – as well as seriously good Neapolitan pizzas.

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