There is nothing more comforting than a deliciously made pasta dish, from slurpping up a spaghetti bolognese for a ‘Lady and the Tramp’ moment to tucking into a creamy macaroni and cheese.

The Cape is home to a number of restaurants that offer freshly made pasta – it may not be straight from Italy but it promises to satisfy your tastebuds and transport you to the pebbled roads of Rome.

In celebration of World Pasta Day, we have compiled a list of places to feast on this staple Italian dish.

1. Magica Roma

Magica Roma maintains a reputation for serving authentic Italian cuisine with imported Italian goods used in the kitchen. The restaurant also made it to the Eat Out 500 list of must-try places.

All the pastas are either home-made or imported, with traditional options such as the Tagliatelle Alfredo – a white sauce, mushroom and ham dish.

For those seeking to try a more adventurous pasta dish can devour a Panzerotti veal. These pasta pockets are filled with veal, ricotta, spinach in a cream, sage and black pepper sauce.

Address: Central Square Shopping Centre, 8 Central Square, Pinelands

Contact: 021 531 1489



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2. Pane e Vino 

Located in Stellenbosch, Pane e Vino is the food and wine bar of The Dalla Cia. Guests are made to feel apart of the family with their warm and welcoming atmosphere similar to that of an Italian home.

The freshest local ingredients are used to create traditional Italian dishes and with a menu that changes weekly, and there are always new and surprising options available. A few classic dishes are always on the menu such as the caprese salad, pasta dishes, veal and pork dishes.

Address: 7 Distillery Road, Bosman’s Crossing, Stellenbosch, 7600

Contact: 021 883 8312



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3. Giulio’s Café

Located in the heart of the bustling city, is a quaint restaurant offering a beautiful interior and a mouth-watering menu.  Owned by a proudly Italian South African, Giulio’s Café most recently won the best Italian inspired eatery in the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries 2018.

A family favorite pasta dish is the Pollo Pesto Linguine, a creamy chicken and basil pesto dish that always leaves one wanting more.

Address: Cornerstone House, 16 Loop St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Contact:  021 418 6304



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4. Step Brothers 

Step Brothers in Cape Town is known for their Italian cuisine with their catchphrase, ‘it comes straight from Nonna’s kitchen’. All pasta is made fresh aside from the spaghetti and penne which is sourced from De Cecco.

Why not try something different with Nonna’s Rosette as it is a surprise dish with fillings that vary daily and is rolled and baked with a Parmigiano crust. More classic options are available on the menu such as the Arrabiata, Ricotta Gnocchi and more.

Address: Cnr & Waterkant Street &, Chiappini St, Cape Town

Contact: 021 418 3040


5.The Cousins Trattoria

A must-visit Italian restaurant that produces a pasta dish, which can leave you licking the plate clean is The Cousins. It is located in the central CBD area produces fresh pasta each morning.

The three owners banded together to create a place where a traditional simple and flavoursome meal could be found. Their signature dish, The Cousins Pasta is a basic mushroom and cream pasta that is finished off by being thrown into a  giant wheel of parmigiano reggiano.

Address: 3b Barrack St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Contact: 083 273 9604



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Article written by

Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about animals, social issues, the environment and current affairs.