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A relaxing place in the heart of the city!
Nonna Lina is a charming, authentic Italian restaurant nestled in the heart of Cape Town, with a rich Sardinian heritage that adds a unique touch to its culinary offerings. Established in the Gardens area, right next to the Labia Theatre and opposite the University of Cape Town, Nonna Lina offers a delightful journey into the world of Italian culture and cuisine.

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At Nonna Lina, we hold your opinions in the highest regard. Your suggestions and requests are integral to elevating your experience with us. Whether you’ve recently dined at our restaurant, enjoyed our services, or wish to share your valuable feedback, please know that we are here to lend a receptive ear.

Rustum KozainRustum Kozain
14:15 27 May 24
Have been craving pizza from Nonna Lina after having been in the cultural desert of the US for too long, where all pizza, even thin base, and even at places claiming to be authentic Neapolitan eateries with real Italians (as opposed to Italian-American) working the oven, comes out just troppo panato... too bready!So had some take-away pizza - Margherita, Siciliana (grilled aubergine), and, of course, the Napoletana (anchovies!). Fortunately, we went at about 15.00 and the restaurant was quiet, so we got immediate and efficient service, and hot pizzas.The pizzas were as delicious as ever - proper thin, slightly chewy base, with a crispy, crackling crust. If you're in the area - or even if not - go to Nonna Lina for the best pizza in Cape Town. And beyond.
Andrea FedderAndrea Fedder
10:49 27 May 24
A quaint little favourite for a meal you know you'll love! Best choice for a pre Labia movie dinner date night!
Yewon ChoiYewon Choi
07:47 23 May 24
gum_pyxl (GummiBarYT)gum_pyxl (GummiBarYT)
16:57 20 May 24
Tasty pizza, delicious rump steak, 9/10. Would highly recommend.
Matthew HartMatthew Hart
04:21 12 May 24
Great pizza!great pasta! Great service!Little loud inside to have a nice chat but I guess it has an authentic Italian feel to it which is great!Love it
Guy SmithGuy Smith
16:11 07 May 24
Little gem in the city! Sardinia, Italy has been my all time favourite travel destination, enjoyed the reminder of the food on menus I've seen there.
Alistair NoyceAlistair Noyce
19:20 06 May 24
Wonderful diner - the food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful.
Victoire de BoussacVictoire de Boussac
12:38 03 May 24
Petra BurgerPetra Burger
19:04 02 May 24
Great girls night out - will visit again! Thank you
Debbie KroonDebbie Kroon
10:15 26 Apr 24
As always, delicious and delightful!
Frans ElsFrans Els
16:17 21 Apr 24
Tony LeonTony Leon
07:02 18 Apr 24
Natalie StraussNatalie Strauss
15:43 08 Apr 24
Henning SchumacherHenning Schumacher
18:11 07 Apr 24
Quite nice. Good food and wine.
Shireen NorrisShireen Norris
10:47 07 Apr 24
A homely atmosphere, Food was Great.
Susan McCreadySusan McCready
06:57 03 Apr 24
Consistently wonderful service and excellent food Thanks!
Stephen JacobsStephen Jacobs
20:53 02 Apr 24
Vegan food was delicious
Barbara GeerBarbara Geer
13:31 31 Mar 24
A wonderful place and food excellent
Katalin KardosKatalin Kardos
19:10 22 Mar 24
Nicole von BrattNicole von Bratt
18:25 22 Mar 24
Ashin DayaAshin Daya
11:15 21 Mar 24
Food and service were excellent, 5 stars.Unfortunately there is a bad rodent infestation outside. While we were having dinner, we counted at least 10 small and large rats running around the tables.Will not be going back as this a food safety risk.
Jacqui BennieJacqui Bennie
19:47 14 Mar 24
We always have a very pleasant dining experience at this restaurant and look forward to our next visit
Linzi SpenceLinzi Spence
19:32 14 Mar 24
Had a lovely evening food was so fresh and tasty .the waiter was super attentive
IhorIhor
10:21 04 Mar 24
Nice family-style pizzeria.My food was delicious, and I had perfect service.
LindaLinda
08:45 29 Feb 24
Very tasty pizza 🍕 and the salad was great!!!
DavidDavid
20:54 21 Feb 24
Always great. Giorgio runs a tight ship. Food is always great and service spot on. It's become our Monday night tradition. Best pizza crust outside of Italy. Zucchini/brocoli ricotta pasta is the best.
Hannah SchleicherHannah Schleicher
19:04 15 Feb 24
Brandon HolmesBrandon Holmes
19:00 15 Feb 24
Was pretty disappointed with this place. The food kind of resembles Magica Roma in Pinelands, but double the price and half as good. Had the bresaola, hoping it would be similar to carpaccio, based off the garnishes, but it tasted like an overpriced hybrid between jerky and Parma ham, with no moisture. Ordered a Margherita with salami and ricotta, which was very bland (salami cooked into the pizza is also my preference), similar style to col cacchio, but seemingly little to no seasoning and not as crisp cheese. Lasagne, the pasta was good, bechamel was very bland and the bolognaise was stodgy, reminded me of woolworths but thicker. With 2 drinks came to R670, but doesn't come close to competing with more reasonably priced establishments like Magica Roma, Bacinis, Ferdinandos, etc.Also booked a table and was told they couldn't find our booking and we were given no seating options other than by the street. It also became quite clear that we were expected to be quick, despite the restaurant still being below half capacity in the area we had asked for by the time we'd left.The venue, on the inside, is what you'd expect from this type of Italian place, homely with no thrills. Outside by the road isn't great, right next to traffic and loiterers.Expected a better Valentine's dinner, but at least don't have to wonder about this place anymore.
Ashleigh IngramAshleigh Ingram
07:12 15 Feb 24
Excellent meal, highly recommend the artichoke salad for the table. Always fresh, authentic Italian dishes. The fish is also superb. A favourite spot for dinner after visiting the Labia Theatre.
Dehlia DalrympleDehlia Dalrymple
07:58 14 Feb 24
Best Italian food. Whether you have a pizza, pasta or delicious salad
Viqui StevensonViqui Stevenson
17:44 12 Feb 24
Always such a treat!! Delicious food and wine
Brandon ReidBrandon Reid
01:43 12 Feb 24
I am disappointed.. Since when, when ordering a pizza with toppings other than a Margerita there is no cheese. Nonna Lina, I have ordered so many Margaritas from you which are so amazing that I decided to go for difference. Your Margaritas are great, thin crispy woodfired oven baked base, casera tomato base and the best quality of mozarella. Totally awesome. Until I decided to go for toppings... What happened the mozarella cheese? Because now I ordered feta with pancetta you decide to just leave out the mozarella? Is that even a thing? Would be nice to let us know first.
Abbey MacFarlaneAbbey MacFarlane
20:07 10 Feb 24
Isabella VenterIsabella Venter
05:48 04 Feb 24
I can just again say - we regularly visit Nonna Lina! And we love both the food as well as the atmosphere and friendly service!
Maurice MeyerMaurice Meyer
17:44 31 Jan 24
The food at Nonna Lina is excellent.It's difficult to say more. We've eaten there a few times and have always been extremely satisfied.
Louis HavengaLouis Havenga
08:41 27 Jan 24
Dale CalderDale Calder
07:23 21 Jan 24
I so enjoy Nonna Lina, we were two people & ordered four dishes which we asked to come one at a time and shared. It was all delicious & we had a lovely evening. Our favourite dish was the Gnocchi Nonna Lina, simple homemade deliciousness - add some of the extra olive oil and towards the end a little chilli, it’s heaven. The Vitello al Mirto with the zucchini gratinate is also a wonderful dish.
piers smartpiers smart
14:12 20 Jan 24
Good food and really friendly people:-)
Martha EsterhuyseMartha Esterhuyse
14:56 14 Jan 24
Authentic Sardinian, loved it! Will be back.
Brian MisnunerBrian Misnuner
22:15 11 Jan 24
Food was super, we had a large table and everything was very good. Service was also great,
Dieter RehrlDieter Rehrl
06:40 08 Jan 24
The best Italian I know in Cape Town. Friendly and good service. Excellent food.
Eleni SaureEleni Saure
05:25 03 Jan 24
Margot SimondsMargot Simonds
06:44 02 Jan 24
Beautiful view sitting outside, attentive service, good food!
Kai EastonKai Easton
17:44 01 Jan 24
Nonna Lina is my favourite restaurant and I dine there regularly on every extended visit back to Cape Town. Exceptional food and service, the menu is constantly tempting (so many favourite dishes), and the staff are welcoming, friendly and professional.
a la l
19:15 29 Dec 23
I don't want to be mean, as we only came by to order take-aways, and everything seemed wonderfully promising. Atmosphere neat, impressive pizza oven, and the waiter was just extremely nice. Thank you.But the pizza. Really. I was stunned. Considering atmosphere and price you would expect a good pizza. But it was one of the worst I've had in a while. Taste is subjective and pizza comes in many different variations, but this one was just not great at all. If you love pizza, don't go here for pizza. It's a lost dinner.Just look at what's on the pizza for "parmesan shavings". More akin to a slice of Gouda or something. The halved cherry tomatoes where just raw and without taste. There was nothing pleasant about the whole creation.Just not for us. Maybe you like your pizza that way. No worries. We enjoy Pizza Connection, and if in town, as sad as it is, NY Slice makes a more enjoyable pie as Lina.Service was extremely nice. The other dishes surely are wonderful. Still can't believe we paid almost R400 for two pizzas of this quality.
George SirmaleniosGeorge Sirmalenios
14:03 26 Dec 23
Wanting an amazing local Italian restaurant? Missing pizza made with tipio 00? The pasta and pizzas here take me back to Tuscany.The food is outstanding! I have had the bolognese and mexicana pizza, it's beyond delicious. Don't forget the Tiramisu.
Vanessa CowlingVanessa Cowling
11:25 22 Dec 23
Fantastic Food and service as always.
Veronika FreyVeronika Frey
09:27 19 Dec 23
We reserved via Google Maps Platform and as always requested our usual court yard table and were greeted friendly and welcomed by Georgio and all the staff who knows us.The food is excellent as well as the service. We have come to really appreciate the Restaurant and will keep coming back.If I had to add a comment I would ask for candles, and a fully laid out tables with glasses and candles in the yard.Thank You.
C StanderC Stander
16:04 18 Dec 23
They jad some of the best pizza's and pastas in Cape Town. Would 100% recommend!!!
Christopher RainChristopher Rain
18:45 15 Dec 23
I’ve loved Nonna Lina for years and it consistently delivers an amazing experience. Food, service and atmosphere!
Stephan BeckerStephan Becker
04:41 15 Dec 23
Ute BuerkleUte Buerkle
10:18 13 Dec 23
Nonna Lina has become our new Italian favorite - and I should not say this because we enjoy the Monday nights when it is a bit less crazy than on most other nights. The friendliness and cheerfulness of the staff, the quality of food - and the most interesting salads! - we just love it!
teaca bronkhorstteaca bronkhorst
19:43 12 Dec 23
Tomas LindénTomas Lindén
19:30 12 Dec 23
Renate WyssRenate Wyss
19:07 08 Dec 23
Gaudenz LüchingerGaudenz Lüchinger
19:12 07 Dec 23
Italian style with charm
Issouf SoulamaIssouf Soulama
20:15 17 Nov 23
Nugent AthertonNugent Atherton
18:25 05 Nov 23
Lovely experience
lee-Anne Mlee-Anne M
13:52 29 Oct 23
Nicola MunningsNicola Munnings
13:45 21 Oct 23
A wonderful Italian restaurant. You won't be disappointed. We will be back. Thank you
Amber WiedekingAmber Wiedeking
11:45 12 Oct 23
Best pizza in Cape Town with super helpful, friendly service every time🖤🖤🖤
Mugisha HakizimanaMugisha Hakizimana
06:14 29 Sep 23
Came here to work in the afternoon, was nice and quiet. They have a lovely outside section in the back that is shaded that was great for the warm weather. The pasta was delicious and the aperol sprits was great.
Grant OliverGrant Oliver
10:00 16 Aug 23
A special place indeed. It was entirely an authentic Italian experience and the food was absolutely amazing! We had felt transported to Italy with the smells and the host was so welcoming and politely greeted us Buona Sera at arrival! I already knew i was gonna have a good time. Ordered the calamari starter, soft and flavourful! We ordered the Carbonara and Pasta con pisellii e prosciutto and wow amazing! We grabbed the nonna lina + ravioli to go and again, top value and authentic! The bruschetta as a welcome was a class touch! Highly recommend and cant wait to go back!
Chantal NaidooChantal Naidoo
08:15 27 Jun 23
The food was delicious. We tried 2 vegetarian pizzas. They were delicious. The amount of veggies and cheese were perfect.Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu!
James FischerJames Fischer
18:12 23 Jun 23
Very good food. Renewed my brothers belief in pizza. I was not as happy as I selected the wrong one. The pasta were both amazing 😻
Mark StillermanMark Stillerman
20:20 11 Mar 23
A really amazing Italian restaurant. You can see that it has been here for a long time. It looks like they have a lot of long time regular customers. The food is excellent. The service was good, the waiter tired very hard and was very friendly. I would definitely go back there and I recommend this place
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