Michelin-Starred Chef Launches New Restaurant at Villa 47

Michelin-Starred Chef Launches New Restaurant at Villa 47

This legendary three-tiered Italian hub on Bree Street welcomes Theo Penati.

Things are afoot at Villa 47 – the three-in-one Italian Emporium housed in an iconic heritage building on Bree Street… 

Written in the stars

The top floor of the two-storey building has been converted into a fine-dining Italian eatery called Pierino Penati. Headed by third-generation Michelin-starred chef, Theo Penati, the restaurant’s focus is on serving healthy and sustainable meals that are authentic and full of flavour. Interestingly, the first Pierino Penati was opened in Brianza in Italy 70 years ago by Theo’s grandfather, and is still in operation today, and run by the Penati family…

Cocktail hour

Villa 47 Cocktail Lounge

One floor down, on the first level (where Stuzzico used to be), is Seta, a sophisticated fusion-cocktail lounge. Here, the Italian sensibilities of aperitivo entertaining are the order of the day: whetting your appetite with (and making an occasion of) pre-dinner drinks. While “cutting-edge cocktails” are the main event, at Seta (which means silk in Italian), you’ll also be able to enjoy a selection of exquisite small plates with your drinks. Crafted by effervescent resident chef Michelangelo D’Oria, the designed-to-share dishes blend authentic Italian flavours with a hint of the Orient.

If you’d prefer something more hearty, pop downstairs to Locanda for an Italian feast, and then reprise your table back at Seta for an after-dinner cognac or espresso. The kitchen closes at 10pm, but linger longer for cocktails and cool beats…

The more things change…

…the more they stay the same, so the saying goes. At Seta, the ever-popular First Thursdays entertainment is still on the cards, with a list of cool DJs and artists lined up for the upcoming months.

Pierino Penati is open for bookings on 22 September 2017, and Seta on 29 September. So, all that’s left to say is: Saluti!

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Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 4pm –10pm (kitchen)
Contact 021 418 2740, reservations@villa47.co.za


47 Bree Street Cape Town City Centre


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Time of publication: 31 August 2017

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