For the best Italian sandwich in town, visit Super Sconto in Orange Grove. This family-run grocery supplier and café offers an array of imported Italian dry pastas in all shapes and sizes, authentic sauces and deli meats galore. Stock up on all your Italian pantry staples at their downstairs store, before heading to the upper level for a panini sandwiched over salty salami, sundried tomatoes, artichokes and your choice of cheese. Paired with a piping hot cappuccino, this light lunch is the perfect sampler for all the goodies you will likely end up taking home with you.
Hidden within an industrial park on the border between Edenvale and Kempton Park, you will find a Tuscan village. Well, not really, but Cremalat Cheese certainly resembles an idyllic villa with its burnt umber facade and its romantic outdoor dining area. Upon entry, you will find a world of Italian delights – think cannelloni shells, sweet pomodoro sauce, buffalo mozzarella, mortadella, crispy ciabatta and a wide variety of Italian pastries. Once you have your fill of take-home treats, pop into the adjoining restaurant for a taste of Italy served with a smile.
The Village Deli
Italian cooking is all about keeping it simple, which is what The Village Deli in Dunvegan offers its patrons. Get your supply of extra virgin olive oil, pizza dough, gourmet Italian cheese and stone ground flour here – everything you need to become the best Italian home chef you can be. However, if you are lacking in culinary inspiration, you can always grab a loaf of freshly baked ciabatta, smother it in butter and top with a slither of pastrami. Simple, yet delicious.
Linden brims with culinary delights from the world over. However, when you have a hankering for fine Italian cheese that just won’t quit, take a trip to Cheese Gourmet on the corner of 3rd avenue and 7th street. While Cheese Gourmet dabbles in French and Dutch cheese specialties as well, this deli meets cheese café embodies the Italian ethos of slow eating and good conversation. Pop in for a great cup of coffee and a chat with the owners. Their love for Italian flavours also shows on the cafe menu. We recommend the open panini topped with creamy Gorgonzola and served with bread and butter pickle. Delizioso!
With over 22 years in the business, the owners of Tortellino D’Oro delicatessen and restaurant are verified experts on all things Italian. For those days that you simply can’t imagined slaving over a hot stove, visit their deli for pre-made Italian meals. Made with the finest ingredients, these ready meals are guilt-free and super convenient. Grab a traditional Italian dessert to go while you are here. Their pistachio gelato is said to be one of a kind. Your family will be so impressed with this Italian spread that you may never have to cook again! But, if you do, you can definitely find all you need to whip up an Italian feast here.
Who could know better about classic flavours and tummy-warming Italian sauces than a mother and daughter chef duo? Casa Marani in Parkhurst represents the heart and soul of mother-daughter team, Graziella Marani and Daniela Atia. Their long-standing love affair with Italian food shines through in their sumptuous menu and in their selection of deli treats, which include Graziella’s famous lasagna. Embrace the art of Italian al fresco dining and join them for a cappuccino and cannoli on this Parkhurst side street.
Belfiore Italian Deli
Belfiore Italian Deli take artisan crafting to the next level by making their own cheese, from mozzarella, to ricotta and even robiola cheese (a fresh, soft milk-based cheese that has a tangy taste to it). They also sell a variety of frozen stuffed pastas, perfect for a last-minute dinner party. And, if you have a friend or loved one who adores Italian cuisine, gift them with one of Belfiore’s gift hampers which can be customised to include sweet or savoury treats.
Our last feature on this list has been around since 1987. Fama Delicatessen is a family-run business dedicated to producing the very best charcuterie in the city. Offering a combination of Spanish and Italian cured meats, this deli wholeheartedly believes in the ‘slow food movement’, taking their time and care to curate the most delicious salami, pastrami, chorizo, Italian sausages and much more. Visit them for a taste of the Mediterranean, right in the heart of Jozi.
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