Name: Old Town Italy
Address: 39 Meridian Drive, Meridian Park, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban
Tel: 031 566 5008
Old Town is a unique combination of market style stalls, food counters and fully-fledged restaurant. The idea behind Old Town is simple: to gather premium quality Italian foods and product and passionate people all under one roof, where you can eat, shop and learn.
Whether it’s a fromagerie, charcuterie, patisserie or simply an authentic Italian ristorante you’ll find it all at Old Town.
The artisanal bakery, headed up by Vanessa Smith who recently spent time learning from the best at Eataly in Milan, will tempt you with freshly baked artisanal breads and pastries, all hand formed and freshly baked on the premises.
Think prosciutto and parma ham straight from the butcher, the smell of freshly brewed Dolce Vita Caffe by the team of talented baristas and a deli that is stocked floor to ceiling with luxury imported goods from Fratelli Foods – pasta, speciality cheeses, olive oil, preserves, dolci, wine and craft beer.
Once you’ve browsed the market Old Town Chef Nicola Burrows, assisted group executive chef, Nicolai Pareti, will transform simple, high-quality ingredients (that are all available to purchase at the market) into delicious authentic Italian meals at the Old Town Café. Choose from a selection of Café lights, ciabattas and of course home-made pastas and pizzas.
Simply put, Old Town is an ode to the past as much as it is a culmination of the best local produce and new-age foodie trends. It’s about slowing things down, celebrating ethics, preserving standards and rediscovering the quality of the past.
Whether you’re popping in for a quick bite to eat, stocking up on fresh ingredients or just needing advice on your next meal, Old Town is your new favourite foodie destination.