Great food and good times await you in the garden of olives
When you take a seat at Il Giardino in the lively 44 Stanley complex you could just as well be anywhere in Italy, relaxing in an olive grove next to a soothing dam with braziers to warm you when the weather turns chilly.
Set in one of Jozi’s trendiest spots, this family run restaurant has been named one of the best Italian restaurants in the city by Radio Today and has been featured on Kyknet and SABC 2. Il Giardino offers patrons delectable food and friendly staff. On offer are homemade pastas; seasonal vegetables, gourmet pizzas and delectable meat, chicken and fish dishes. It can be served under the olive grove in the courtyard, in the pizza section or in The Room next to a cozy fireplace and AGA-stove.
The Room is Il Giardino’s conservatory. It is a beautiful venue, with long 10-seater tables - perfect for city weddings with a difference, private functions and year end parties. Live music, good food and a great vibe is the key to Il Giardino’s success. On Wednesday and Friday evenings and Sundays during lunch they have live music on offer which range from Gypsy Jazz, bluegrass, country rock and honky tonk.
Its only at Il Giardino you will find rebel writer Rian Malan playing the guitar and Steve Boykie Sydley the sax. SAMA Award winning producer Dan Roberts and his friends (mostly Radio Kalahari Orkes members) come and play their country rock, blue grass and honky tonk music under olive trees once a week. The Runaway Train Cult is a string ensemble and Honky Tonk Bank who play every Sunday lunch time at Il Giardino.
Il Giardino is proud of their olive oil - NO OXIDATION and transported in stainless steel containers (no air or light). There is hardly a shelf live due to being a 250 seater Italian restaurant, using olive oil continuously.
The olive oil is estate-grown on the hills of the original Wilbur Smith farm at Stilbaai. The tenoir of the area, e.g. ground type and cool sea winds protect the trees from fungus, resulting in healthy olives which are cold pressed through the latest technology on the farm. They have three varietals:
Coratina - the trees come from the heel of Italy and the olive oil is for the connoisseur - strong, fruity and peppery. Frontoia – the trees are imported from Tuscany, Italy and the flavours are well balanced, medium and fruity. Mission – the trees from Spain and they provide a soft, delicate flavour. Mission is also the most sought after table olive in South Africa.
Il Giardino also have the real traditional Balsamic Vinegar which has been produced in Modena since the middle ages. Strict legislation controls Aceto Balsamico di Modena IGP product, made and aged in the traditional way ONLY in Modena. Their oil obtained IGP - Protected Geographic Indication Recognition and they provide a balsamic vinegar with their olive oils.
Il Giardino has a new whiskey patio where guests can sip single malt Scotch whiskey whilst overlooking the grove of olive trees and the cement farm dam. Antipasto mistro, cheese platters or bruchetta are also available.
Il Giardino custom-make corporate gifts with their olive oils, homemade pasta sauces, wine and cheese. Breakfast are also served for special functions - bookings required.
In the city of gold, Il Giardino is definitely one of the gems.
From the M1 North or South, turn right at the Empire Road turnoff. Take the second robot left into Owl Street (under the bridge). Stanley Avenue is the second road on the right and we are situated halfway down the block.
Either take the first right on Owl Street, park in the Milpark Gallery and take the escalator to our entrance or use the parking lot on Owl Street.