Charlies Pizza and Pasta is a decidedly trendy eatery in one of Port Elizabeth’s nicest neighbourhoods, Summerstrand. With a super vibey and interesting interior, great views and a wide selection of gourmet pizzas and other great food, there’s very little not to like about Charlies.
The interior of the restaurant employs black and wooden textures with touches of colour and interesting ornaments to liven things up a bit and create a break in the otherwise fairly sombre colour scheme. Wooden tables stand on fluffy black rugs, which rest on the wooden floors.
One wall is painted in blackboard paint and the menu is written in chalk along the bottom, with each menu item illuminated by a small spotlight. Along the booth seats colourful scatter cushions provide a pop of colour while the odd gilt-edged mirror and pretty paper lanterns are some of the visual points of interest mentioned above.
The menu is quite simple but offers delicious options, mainly in the form of pizza and pasta, as implied by the name. While you can order a range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options, the pizzas definitely steal the show at Charlies. Gourmet options include Ricotta and Mushroom, and Fennel Sausage, served with smoked mozzarella and slow-roasted onion.
One of the things which makes Charlies unique is that many of the ingredients used are made in-house, the pizza bases, pasta and ice-cream providing good examples.
From Port Elizabeth Airport, travel on Allister Miller Drive towards the coast. Turn right onto La Roche Drrive and then turn right onto Beach Road. Continue onto Marine Drive and then turn right onto 8th Avenue. The Summerstrand Village Centre will be on the left.
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Shop 29, Summerstrand Village
8th Avenue, Summerstrand
Monday - Sunday:
09:00 - 22:00