World renowned celebrity chef and food campaigner, Jamie Oliver, and Whisky Creek Brands are proud to announce that they have opened the very first South African Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

The restaurant, located in the vibrant Melrose Arch Boulevard, north of Johannesburg, is filled with the spirit and vibe of Jo’burg, bringing an authentic South African culture to the Italian-inspired eatery and antipasti bar. Jamie’s Italian SA will feature only the freshest ingredients sourced from established local suppliers while the rustic menu will include artisan breads, pasta and pizza made fresh daily on site, with signature Italian dishes and desserts prepared in front of diners in the open-plan kitchen.


The team behind South Africa’s first Jamie’s Italian has been hard at work for the past couple of months finalising all the details that will ensure the unique culture is brought to life in the restaurant. The menu and concept will continue to evolve with creativity, simplicity, great quality and a genuine passion for Italian family food.


When asked what South Africans can expect from Jamie’s Italian SA, Oliver said,-

“Jamie’s Italian was designed to be accessible and affordable – a neighborhood restaurant where everyone is welcome and feels comfortable no matter what the occasion. Each restaurant is uniquely designed to incorporate the personality of the city, as well as creating an environment where the focus is on exceptional food, good company and the relaxed conviviality of the Italian table.”

Justin Divaris, Stephen Gersowsky and Symeon Yiallouris are the executive directors of Whisky Creek and will be the exclusive operating partner for Jamie’s Italian in South Africa.

Keep up to date with us on our Facebook and Instagram pages by following @jamiesitaliansa. Visit their website to see how you can grab yourself a table by booking through Dine Plan or calling 010 007 4646.

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