The Best Italian Restaurants in Durban

Words: Jess Spiro

Do you ever need to be convinced into eating a heaping bowl of homemade pasta? We certainly don’t. If you’re craving some authentic Italian fare, look no further. Here is our list of the best Italian restaurants in Durban.

Remos Origin

Remos offers an extensive menu offering a wide range of pasta, seafood, salads and meats. The pasta is simple, well-made and very delicious. They offer local, as well as imported Italian wines and craft beers. The owners also run a bakery and a pasta factory which supply the restaurant with freshly baked bread and fresh pasta every day.

Location: Shop 21, Flanders Mall, 14 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe
Good to know: this restaurant is run by the Scribante family, a prominent family in South African motor racing.
Why you’ll love it: warm, welcoming and unpretentious with a simple elegance.
What we loved: freshly baked breads and pasta.
Opening hours: Mon–Tue 07h00–15h00 | Fri & Sat, 07h00-21h00 | Sun, 07h00–15h00
Contact: 031 539 5955

Old Town Italy

Old Town Italy market includes a butchery, a pastry shop, a deli, a bakery supplying artisanal breads, imported cheeses and much more. The food on offer is made by Italians in a no-fuss, simple way with no alteration to the traditional recipes and is beautifully presented. Wines, beers and prosecco imported from Italy as well as great coffee, complete the experience. These products are also available on their website.

Location: 39 Meridian Drive, Durban
Good to know: No reservations can be made at this restaurant – seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
Why you’ll love it: old Italian décor and friendly staff. An authentic, intimate Italian dining experience.
What we loved: .the food is made to a high standard with the emphasis on taste and tradition.
Opening hours: Mon–Sun 07h00–16h00
Contact: 031 566 5008 

The Mad Italian

This family-run eatery invites you to sit down and enjoy the moment, to make memories and to simply enjoy great food. Father and son, Michael and Angelo Baissoni serve up food that is made from authentic recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. The choices on offer are a combination of simple Italian favourites, seafood and grills.

Location: 66 Adelaide Tambo Drive, Broadway, Durban
Good to know: family run and always consistent.
Why you’ll love it: great food in a fun and laid back environment. 

What we love: the vibe and the tasty food.
Opening hours: Tue–Fri & Sun 12h00–14h00 | Mon–Fri 18h00–21h30 | Sat 18h00–22h00 | Sun: 18h00–20h30
Contact: 031 573 2938 


Spiga has 2 venues in the Durban area, in Durban North and Morningside, both are inviting, chilled environments designed to relax as you escape the daily grind. They are primarily known as pizzerias and are open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The food is wholesome, delicious and relatively inexpensive. A small selection of craft beers, cocktails and wines are available.

Location: Morningside 200 Florida Rd, Durban | Durban North 5 Mackeurtan Ave, Durban North
Good to know: open late if the craving for a big piece of pie hits!
Why you’ll love it: laid back, casual and reasonably priced.
What we loved: all of the above.
Opening hours: Sun–Thur: 07h00–23h00 | Fri–Sat: 07h00–00h00
Contact: 031 303 9511

Lupa Osteria

Lupa Osteria has three branches in Durban and one in JHB. The interiors are all similar with a stylish minimalist feel and each restaurant offers a delicious dining experience. Wood fired pizzas are made with flour imported from Italy, the chicken is free-range and ingredients used are organic wherever possible to ensure that top quality food.

Location: Lupa Hillcrest – 14 Old Main Road, Hillcrest  031 765 3059
Location: Lupa Westville – 124 Jan Hofmeyr Road, Westville 031 266 8793/5877
Location: Lupa Durban North – 6-12 Swapo Road, Durban North  +27 31 941 1181
Good to know: ingredients are responsibly sourced.
Why you’ll love it: tasty, authentic food in cool surroundings at all branches.
What we loved:  a solid menu with all the classics plus a few unique dishes.
Opening hours: Mon–Thurs 12h00–15h00, 17h00–22h00 | Fri–Sat 12h00–22h30 | Sun 12h00–21h00 

Check out our recommendations for the best Italian restaurants in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

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