Sandton Magazine | Get a pizza the action at Carlucci’s Meerendal Estate…
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Get a pizza the action at Carlucci’s Meerendal Estate…

If you are heading down to the Cape soon, and are going to be in the Durbanville area, then may we suggest a stop in at the beautiful Meerendal Estate. You can taste some vino of course, but there is loads more on offer and Meerendal boasts biking and running trails, paragliding (when the weather’s just right!), and its family friendly weekend vibe.

There are two restaurants on the estate, The Crown Restaurant and Carlucci’s – the latter is the one that fills up fast so that come lunchtime, one would be hard pressed to find a seat in the restaurant – either in the undercover area or the garden with its sweeping views of the Boland mountains.

The restaurant has been open since 2016 – initially as a small restaurant which has evolved into a full blown restaurant with rolling lawns, ample space for kids to play in a safe environment and the biggest jungle gym in Durbanville.

The pizza’s are popular obviously but the menu also boasts a range of other yummy treats! The Baked Chorizo Eggs from the breakfast menu (Carlucci’s Napoli Sauce with Spanish-style chorizo sausage, mushrooms, eggs and feta baked in the pizza oven and served with toasted ciabatta) is popular as well as the variety of sandwiches, wraps, burgers and pasta dishes from the lunchtime menu.

If you love creative pizza toppings then do yourself a favour and try The Le Tour de France Pizza, with preserved fig, brie and camembert cheese and the Chicken Tikka Pizza with grilled chicken breast marinated in tikka spices and Greek yoghurt, topped with fresh coriander, avocado and oven roasted sweet bell peppers – these are Carlucci’s big sellers.

There are also plans a foot to open another restaurant at Meerendal. They plan on utilising a space that used to be the estate’s tasting room and art gallery. On the menu will be rustic, wholesome dishes with some Afrikaner and Dutch heritage, which combines well with the history of Meerendal.

The team want to bring back a “langtafel” dining experience which can incorporate three or four different guest groups who hopefully, by the end of the evening, have made friends. Expect fresh seafood from Paternoster and wild boar from Wellington, as well as some classic French style service with crepes suzette flambéed at the table. It’s due to open in December. Fingers crossed!

Carlucci’s at Meerendal Estate is open Monday – Sunday from 07h00 to 17h30.

To book phone 021 612 0015.

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