You won’t find any bastardised pizzas or imitation pastas (think spaghetti bolognaise) on the blackboard; rather, you can expect antipasta platters piled high with imported meats and cheeses, handmade pasta fresca (fresh pasta), homemade Sicilian sausage, Campari cocktails, short espressos and desserts freshly baked according to long-standing family recipes.
Imported Italian wine completes the intimate A-Z Italian experience, and as this space is modeled on the unfussy, laidback restaurants found in historic Italian city centres, you don’t need to worry about dinner being too pretentious.
Fine Dining Experience at Headquarters Restaurant If you and your partner are looking for a memorable dining experience, this European-style brasserie is the perfect match for the pair of you.
My aesthetic is a wet slice of bread in a pink bathtub.
Though it’s a well-known fact that Cape Town swoons visitors from around the world, the Mother City, with her splendid natural beauty, also happens to be a prime place to fall in love.
So all you and your partner need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Book your seats on one of the following: a scheduled tour that visits five wine estates in and around Stellenbosch; the whale, wine and wors adventure along Hermanus and the Elgin Valley; the journey through the Forgotten Route in Matjiesfontein.
The ticket price includes a welcome drink, popcorn and a mixed bag of sweets, and in winter, guests are given hot chocolate and warm blankets to cuddle under.
Pre-ordered gourmet food baskets – which contain an array of delicious snacks – are also available for those keen to add a little something extra to their sky-high romantic rendezvous.
In short, when it comes to a romantic date night dinner, there’s no better choice than a genuine Italian eatery.
And True Italic on Bree Street, a traditional (rustic restaurant) run by a Bologna local and his sister, is as authentic as it gets.
It would be impossible not to have your significant other swooning after spending the day amongst the rolling hills, perfectly manicured pastures, budding vines and balmy weather of the Winelands.
Boutique touring company Wine Flies curates the wine farms you visit and provide an enthusiastic wine lord who will whisk you from one vinyard to the next in his four-wheeled chariot.
Fine examples include expansive botanical garden Kirstenbosch, one of the Mother City’s many pristine beaches (the idyllic Clifton Fourth at sunset is a favourite choice) or one of the several viewing sites along Chapman’s Peak Drive, a spectacular stretch of rocky coastline near Hout Bay.