Fine dining at Idiom. Picture supplied

The Idiom Restaurant & Tasting Centre has been open for two years and is a popular venue for dining, wine pairings and events.

Roberto Bottega has a passion for Italian wines and crafted a contemporary space at Idiom to showcase local and overseas Italian varietals.

“Idiom is one of the leading producers of Italian varietal wines in South Africa, so it makes perfect sense for us to expand and take ownership of the Italian wine space in the country,” says Bottega. 

He’s proud of his family’s Italian roots and wants visitors to explore what Italy’s vineyards and their vines have to offer.

“Visitors can taste Idiom’s locally produced Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Primitivo (Zinfandel) wines at the winebar or in the restaurant. We supply a number of leading Italian restaurants with both our locally made Idiom and imported Vinotria portfolio of Italian wines. Having access to the imported wines as reference points has been very important. Firstly, we have learnt a tremendous amount about the wines of Italy, and it has allowed us to monitor the progress, quality and style of the Italian varietal wines we produce locally, and to better understand the potential of our Cape terroir,” adds Bottega.

Besides the contemporary dining offering at Idiom with Chef Calum Anderson in the kitchen, there are other simpler Italian-inspired options to enjoy. 

Antipasto platters, with a selection of freshly sliced Italian cold meats such as prosciutto and salami, as well as cheese boards, with Italian and local soft and hard cheeses, are popular choices. 

The regional Italian pizza menu combines light thin crust bases with carefully chosen toppings using ingredients that transmit the tastes of the different regions of Italy.