Spiga will close it doors on Sunday, 4 March. Picture: Facebook

Durban's food scene is mourning the loss of one of the city's longest-running restaurants, Spiga. Its doors will close on Sunday, March 4. 

The family-owned restaurant is famous for its Italian cuisine and was a popular choice for many Durbanites when eating out.

Social media users posted emojis expressing their devastation for the restaurant's closure. 

There was chatter on a number of social media platforms on Friday, as users shared news spread of the restaurant's closure.

Respected food writer Ingrid Shevlin confirmed the closure of the Florida Road restaurant in a post on her Shrewd Food website on Friday afternoon.

Spiga, however, only confirmed its closure in a Facebook post on Friday evening.

The statement read: "From us the Santoniccolo famiglia, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to our long serving staff who have become family, and of course to you, our SPIGA FAMIGLIA. Together, we have built an icon on Florida Road, and will forever be remembered as a place where families gathered, couples swooned and food flowed with incredible passion. Our core value is one of inclusion and everyone, no matter who, had a seat at the table.

"It’s been a great run, and we want to go out with a bang. Saturday night will be our last dinner service and Sunday we officially close at 2pm. We are going to take the time to be with our famiglia on Sunday afternoon.

"Life is all about relationships, and we would like to invite you to share your memories with us on social media, using the following hashtag:
#foreverspiga We love you Durban. Forza Spiga. (sic)

Another well-loved Durban restaurant, The Glenwood Restaurant, will also be closing its doors in May.