Situated on the corner of bustling Loop Street, Giulio’s Café has been one of our go-to hotspots for pre-work breakfasts and stylish luncheons since it opened in 2015. So, when we heard it was also open for pizza and live jazz evenings – on Thursdays and Fridays – we simply had to go and check out the vibe.
Effervescent, always-smiling chef-owner Giulio Loreggian lights up the already-bright interior and, together with his lovely team, serves a range of light, modern-Italian fare (from crunchy salads and comforting pastas to tasty desserts and now pizzas, too) to city slickers with discerning palates.
What would an authentic Italian restaurant be without pizza? Disappointing, we’d say! In addition to the fabulous two-for-one pizza deal (where you get a free margherita when you order any other pizza on weekdays), Giulio’s offers an extensive pizza-only menu to be enjoyed during lunch – and now dinner, too. Cooked in their toasty wood-fired pizza oven, the crispy, thin-based pizzas are (a bit too) generously lathered in olive oil and a range of fresh and delicious toppings (there are gluten-free basess available).
On Giulio’s insistence, we started with a Basil Smash – a refreshing basil-infused martini that went down a treat and certainly lifted the spirits for what turned into a festive evening.
While we tucked into our pizzas – we went for the classic Margherita (simply delicious), Pizza di Casa (bacon, avo and feta); Parma (fresh Parma ham with rocket and Parmesan); and Quattro Stagioni (ham, mushrooms, olives & artichokes), all of which hit the spot – Jeremy Du Plessis sang a series of pared-down modern-jazz ditties that had us toe-tapping merrily.
Every Thursday and Friday evening is date night at the cosy café: diners can tuck into any two courses off the delicious dinner menu (including starters of arancini, insalata Caprese and beef tagliata, mains of lamb ragu pappardelle, gnocchi, veal and fish, and desserts of gelato, tiramisu and a dessert of the week) and a glass of wine each, for a mere R220.
There’s hardly a better way to spend a Thursday or Friday evening than listening to the smooth sounds of live jazz as you enjoy a glass (or three) of vino and an utterly delectable Italian feast. Buon appetito!
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm
Thursday & Friday, 5pm – 10pm
Saturday, 8am – 12.30pm