Stretta

Hillcrest

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Still embodying ‘simple fresh Italian’, the Cafe uses authentic Italian flour, fresh homemade tomato sauce and a wood-fired oven, combined with a new artisanal brand of coffee, while the bar area focuses on craft beers, a small wine and craft whisky selection.

I love that the authentic, rustic fare is affordable and that Chef Greg Clelland varies the menu weekly. There’s a sunny verandah for breakfast to be enjoyed on – some favourites include balsamic tomato paninis and the muesli and greek yoghurt or mixed berry smoothies.

Their new interior is warm and spacious with the same signature minimal palette of natural materials and some clever tiling – the brainchild of interior architect Kevin Boyd, whose keen eye for simplicity and detail extends to the menu and website design.

Phone: 031 765 8861

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  • pizza
  • coffee

Lupa Osteria

Hillcrest

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This vibey and bustling osteria is owned by Bellevue Café’s, Chris Black and Guy Cluver. Doors opened in April 2013 and it has quickly become a local favourite in the upper highway area.

Wood-fired oven pizza’s, freshly made pasta, a selection of meat dishes and delicious desserts. Lupa has been created for quick affordable meals with children, a place to meet friends for a scrumptious treat, or to entertain corporate clients. This authentic Italian restaurant is for everyone! (Lupa’s main courses ranging from R50 to R140.) We just like the idea of sitting at the bar after work for a drink, and just having an early bite to eat!

Phone: 031 765 3059

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  • wine
  • craft beer
  • dinner