Revisit old world values, charm and pride; go back to times “where the butcher knew your preferences and the baker greeted you by name”. We sit outside to soak up the air alfresco in the European sidewalk-style seating on the piazza of the new addition to the P-Town scene: Menlyn Maine. I catch a glimpse of the bakery and patisserie – glass shelves lined with confectionery and desserts: from artisan loaves to panna cotta, truffles and Florentines. I notice the gelateria, an extravagant, long bar and get sidetracked by the wine cellar with fine Italian wine brimming from floor to ceiling. Oh, don’t expect to automatically point to your SA faithfuls on this list; here, it’s all about chianti, albarossa, prosecco, pinot grigio, cortese… when in Rome. The authentic menu offers charcuterie-cheese-preserve platters with imported Spanish serrano, mortadella, porchetta; the cheese: Grana Padano, latteria, French raclette… ah, talk foreign to me! There’s pomodoro, arrabiata, gnocchi al Gorgonzola, carciofi fritti (crumbed, fried artichokes) or order straight from the deli. Here, you “eat what you shop and shop what you eat”. Oh, I’ll have to return; Rome wasn’t built in a day! 210 Amarand Avenue, Pretoria; 012-348-2802.
By Anzelle Hattingh