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66 Adelaide Tambo Avenue | Durban North, Durban, South Africa
0315732938
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Today
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Wed 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thu - Sat 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Reviewed on Google and others. Always busy this Trattoria / restaurant...
Reviewed on Google and others. Always busy this Trattoria / restaurant. Don't forget to book to avoid disappointment!
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Visitor rating
  • 11
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Italian food

I've been there twice now, both times I enjoyed the meals, they are definitely worth the wait. The Black Cherry tiramisu is to die for. They also serve the traditional tiramisu. The service is so so and the staff, i feel should try and be a bit more friendly. The restaurant in itself is a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
Shamilla B
Good for:
  • Families with children
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  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I've been there twice now, both times I enjoyed the meals, they are definitely worth the wait. The Black Cherry tiramisu is to die for. They also serve the traditional tiramisu. The service is so so and the staff, i feel should try and be a bit more friendly. The restaurant in itself is a bit crowded, if you pull... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Home away from home. If I ever ask the kids where they want to go for dinner.... Mad Italian is the spot. We love the chef, Mad Mike who cooks up a storm of Italian delight in the kitchen. The food is consistently good... I must admit, my favourite dishes are the mild pedi chicken kebabs served on a salad... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Sitting down to write the review was something I really wanted to do...that is, until I noticed the poor reviews in the side bar - Surprising really because I just have a good memory about our first visit to The Mad Italian with friends who frequent it regularly. It's definitely not a 'posh' spot by any means but we were... More 

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Durban
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This is an unpretentious, family-style restaurant that serves good, wholesome Italian food, as well as a few less traditionally Italian dishes. For example, the peri-peri grilled chicken is delicious, if a little small. (For about the same price, nearby eateries serve a half portion that has as much meat on it as the full bird I was served). The place... More 

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Milan, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 341 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

there are quite a few of those restaurants in durban . ferrari symbols, soccer club flags and music from the 50-60s. other than that the menus have N spelling mistakes and the food is not italian. the spatchcock chicken was not bad but portuguese, the "italian " antipasti was very poor

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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

We arrived hoping for a good Italian meal because we had read such good reviews. The restaurant was very full and we were greeted promptly by a waiterwe. We were shown to a table and soon ordered starters and it was all down hill from there. The starters took adout fourty minutes to arrive but were under-cooked. Three of the... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

All the food was fantastic, tasted great and service was awesome... very popular in Durban North so make sure you have a reservation or visit over quieter periods.. my sister and I have a new favourites getaway.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

First time visit to this establishment, a not too busy weekday evening. Waiter service was superb. The food was exceptional. My friend and I ordered a salad with pears and cheese, and a pasta dish with chicken livers, which we wanted to share. The only fault I could find was that kitchen staff couldn't bring themselves to split the pasta... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Wow I was really impressed the last time I went there,the staff was really friendly the food was amazing. It very warm and homey

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Durban, South Africa
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76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Have been twice & enjoyed it immensely both times. They have a good range of vegetarian dishes with gorgonzola in every which way. My dad had a problem with his main course the 2nd time we went but they offered to replace it & didn't charge us for it. We didn't replace it but instead shared my main (mushroom risotto)... More 

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Additional Information about The Mad Italian

Address: 66 Adelaide Tambo Avenue | Durban North, Durban, South Africa
Phone Number: 0315732938
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 66 Adelaide Tambo Avenue | Durban North, Durban, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  KwaZulu-Natal  >  Durban
  • Phone Number: 0315732938

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Reviewed on Google and others. Always busy this Trattoria / restaurant. Don't forget to book to avoid disappointment!
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?