Johannesburg

Mafiosi Italian Deli

  Blubird, cnr Atholl-Oaklands Rd and Fort St, Birnam      +27 84 584 1109     04 Oct 2019
created 25 Apr 2017
Owned by Italian expat Cristian Caravello from Rome, this family-run deli is an authentic slice of the old country transplanted into a small corner of Birnam's Blubird shopping centre. The Caravello family have a long history in the restaurant industry going back three generations to Cristian's grandfather who was himself a chef and passed down his traditional and authentic recipes through the family.

These traditions find their expression in the deli's small and simple eat-in menu - highlights of which include the penne pesto (handmade pasta with the freshest homemade pesto) and the truly memorable spaghetti carbonara, which is made with guanciale (cured pork cheek) rather than pancetta, giving the dish an extra richness and depth of flavour. Other lunch favourites include delicious piadine, a stuffed flatbread that is typical to the Romagna region.

Four high tables are squeezed in amongst shelves stacked with Italian imports and there's an enticing cold counter packed with an excellent choice of cheeses and hams and a fridge filled with pots and packets of irresistible pestos and other sauces to take home. If you are lucky you may manage to nab one of the three small tables in front of Mafiosi and the neighbouring boutique wine store Wine Cellar. Otherwise everything that's on the menu can be ordered to takeaway.
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Amenities

Outside seating
Takeaway
Guarded parking

Website

Email

mafiosideli@gmail.com

Open

Open 08:30–22:00, Mon, Tue 08:30–18:00, Sun 08:30–16:00.

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