Italians in Cape Town

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There are roughly 60,000 to 70,000 Italians living in South Africa. A big number of the Italians in South Africa actually live in Cape Town.

The Italian community in Cape Town is quite active, there are several Italian clubs in the Mother City and a variety of annual events are celebrated by the Italians living South Africa.

Here as a starting point for your research you will find some tips where to meet fellow Italian expats, where to find some lovely Italian restaurants or where to buy some great Italian food in Cape Town.

Italian Language Classes

Italian School of Cape Town - Scuola Italiana del Capo

14 Tuin Plein Street, Gardens/Cape Town

Tel: 021 - 465 82 61, Fax: 021 - 465 82 71. Website.

In cooperation with the Italian Societa Dante Alighieri they offer language classes at several of Cape Town’s private schools and classes on their own premises.

The Scuola Italiana del Capo also offers fun cooking classes and culture programs to learn more about Italian cuisine, music, literature and history.

There is also an Italian Playgroup for 1 -3 year old bambini and a nursery school. They offer holiday programs for school age children too. This is a great place to meet mellow Italians in Cape Town.

And there is a library where members of the Societa Dante Aligheri can borrow books with their membership of R150. Currently there are books for children, anthologies, poetry and literature sections catalogized, but more are to come.

Consulate of Italy in Cape Town

2, Grey’s Pass, Gardens/Cape Town 8000

Tel: 021-487 3900, Fax: 021-424 0146. Website.

At the premises there is also a library with books and DVD where you can become a member and then borrow classical and modern books.

Italian Clubs

There are several regional clubs in Cape Town, the main club being the ICCT, but there are also smaller Italian associations like the Associazione Piemontesi or the Associazione Siciliana.

• Italian Club of Cape Town

16 Donegal St, Rugby/Milnerton, Tel. 021-511 5757. Website

The Italian Club in Cape Town is located in Donegal Road, Rugby/Milnerton. They offer several activities during the year like cultural days, concerts and picnics as well as the traditional Christmas Lunch and New Years Dance.

• Giovani Italo Sudafricano

Get in contact with young Italians and South Africans from 18 to 40. Members meet at various events and qualify for various discounts. Website.

Italian Restaurants in Cape Town

You will find numerous excellent Italian Restaurants in the Mother City. There are many Italian restaurant chains and coffee clubs, like Colcacchio where the pizza is sooo yummy, Primi Piatti for some breakfast or DoppioZero with several restaurants on the Cape Peninsula.

Here are just a few of great places to eat out Italian food in Cape Town:

A Tavola: Library Square, Shop 1, Wilderness Road, Claremont, Tel: 021-671 1763

One of the newer Cape Town restaurants, it is already among the most popular Italian restaurants in the city. 

Mario’s: 89 Main Road, Greenpoint, Tel: 021-439 6644

One of Cape Town’s most popular family restaurants rating as one the 100 top restaurants in South Africa, it is run by the Marco’s family already for 30 years.

Balducci: Shop 6162, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Tel: 021-421 6002

One of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town. Delicious food and great views of the Waterfront. Just to go for an espresso and one of their lovely desserts is a must when shopping at the Waterfront. Open from Noon everyday.

Meloncino: Shop 245, V&A Waterfront

Lovely food and great pizza, which is rated by many as the best pizza in town. Vibey and great views of the Waterfront as well, as the restaurant is located on the first floor of the V&A Shopping Centre.

Harlequin Restaurant: 281 Voortrecker Road, Parow

This popular restaurnat comes highly recommended by Cape Town's Italians and it is a great place to meet fellow Italians in the Northern Suburbs.

Napoli's Pizzeria: 53 Main Road, Fishhoek

Another highly recommended restaurant for authentic Italian food: "One thing however one must never do, is walk into his restaurant and ask for Hamburgers,Fish and Chips or Pies. Ben serves quality Italian Food, and is proud of it. Making food Ben will tell you, "Comes from the heart". :)

And surely there are other great Italian places all over Cape Town, like Magica Roma in Pinelands or Mamma Roma in Blouberg, The Italian Kitchen in Tokai or La Masseria in Durbanville, Hildebrand at the Waterfront and many more.

Italians in Cape Town: Italian Delicatessen

Giovanni’s: 103 Main Road, Green Point, Tel: 021-434 6893

Cape Town’s most famous Italian deli is definitely located in Green Point. Almost opposite the new Cape Town stadium you will find at Giovanni’s the best Italian cured meats, lovely Italian pasta, salads, breads, cheeses and much more.

Orselli’s: Shop 35, Constantia Village Shopping Centre, Tel: 021-794 3694

Small store with a variety of fresh and imported pasta, salumi, Italian cheese and other Italian delicatessen

Lauro House of Pasta: 18 Long Street, Cape Town, Tel: 021-419 6975

Fresh Italian pasta, so delicious! Ravioli, tortellini, lasagne, gnocchi… all your heart desires. You can even order gluten free pasta.

There are also other smaller delis or Spar supermarkets which stock a wide variety of Italian specialities like flour, pasta, biscuits or chocolates, in various Cape Town suburbs like Milnerton, Parklands or Sea Point.

Italian-South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry

101 State House 1st floor, 3 - 9 Rose Street, Cape Town 8001

Tel: 021-435 99 99, Website

Italian Church Service in Cape Town

The Italian Community hold their Italian service at the Roman Catholic Church in central Cape Town.

Their communal priests are Father(Cav.) Mario Tessarotta, and Father Michelle de Saliva. They also hold the Rememberance Day Service. The service is held each year on the first Sunday of November at the Roman Catholic Cementry at Worcester.

Italian News in South Africa - not only for Italians in Cape Town

La Gazzetta del Sudafrica

Online portal with Italian news and useful links to Italian online newspapers and magazines. Here you will also find contact addresses for other Italian cultural and patriotic organizations in South Africa. Great source not only for Italians in Cape Town South Africa. Website

For various Italian Expat related events check out our ExpatCapeTown events calendar .

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