Review – Nonna Lina, Gardens

Nonna Lina in Gardens is a quick and easy no-frills no-fuss eatery that will definitely sort you out before a trip to the Labia or Fugard Theatres for a pre-show dinner. This is exactly what we did on Saturday night and weren’t disappointed.

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Address: 60 Orange St, Gardens

Hours: 10am-10pm Mon, 8am-10:15pm Tue-Fri, 9am-10:30pm Sat-Sun

Nonna Lina’s vegan options are clearly marked on their menu (V+) and they have a fairly standard and rather healthy offering:


Serramanna – a typical Sardinian salad of baby leaves and herbs, celery, fennel, plum and rosa tomatoes dressed with olive oil and lemon vinaigrette (R95)

Panzanella – a rustic and colourful salad of cucumber, tomato, onion, celery, marinated in roasted cumin, garlic and red wine vinegar, tossed with baby leaves and pane tostato (R99)

Tricolore – pasta salad with avocado, peppadew, rosa tomatoes, spring onion, fresh herbs, roast tomato & chilli dressing (R97)

Casa Italia – colourful Mediterranean salad with steamed broccoli, marinated artichokes, caramelized red onions, with olives, mixed baby leaves and herbs, dressed with a chive vinaigrette (R98)


Pane guttia -a Sardinian speciality, also known as carta da musica, very light and thin paper bread, warmed with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt (R39)

Pizza Bread – plain (R46), garlic (R51), tomato base (R59)


Tomatello – classic Sardinian tomato sauce (R82)

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“Tomatello” w/my choice of gluten-free penne

Arrabiatta – chilli & tomato spicy sauce (R85)

Nonna Lina – rosa and plum tomatoes, white wine, garlic sweet basil and Italian parsley (R95)

This is the perfect place to go to when trying to find an eatery that caters to all tastes (from carnivores to gluten-free dietary requirements) so you don’t need to feel like you are receiving the short end of the stick when with friends or family who aren’t plant-based.

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There is a reason Nonna Lina has been around for a while… give it a try!

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