Giorgio Nava reopens 95 Keerom

Giorgio Nava

Born in Milan in 1964 Chef-proprietor Giorgio Nava passion for cooking began early and by his early 20s was working the kitchen coalface as a trainee alongside some of the finest Italian chefs. He completed his training as a Certified Master Chef of Italian Cuisine and today is highly respected for his uncompromising quality and Milanese flair presented at his restaurants in Cape Town. His unflinching faithfulness to traditional north Italian cuisine using South African field-to-table provenence is legendary amongst the city’s restaurant-going fraternity.

The string of awards for best Italian restaurant garnered over the past two decades can attest, In 2013 he triumphed on the international culinary stage as the winner of the World Pasta Championship of the Academia Barilla in Parma, and continues to be an ambassador of the academy.

Taking his lead from classic Milanese cuisine, Giorgio Nava has wowed Cape Town palates with genuine Italian cuisine since 2003. Giorgio was one of the first to introduce a wide selection of fish and beef carpaccio, delicate handcrafted pastas as well as the decadent chocolate fondant to South Africans. With the opening of Carné on Keerom in 2008, Giorgio pioneered a new approach to enjoying diverse prime cuts and unusual cuts, allowing the meat to do the talking in the true Italian minimalist tradition

Giorgio’s South Africa story began in 1999, when he decided to make Cape Town his home with the idea of producing mozzarella. Despite creating a top quality product with the guidance of two cheese makers from Italy, the venture turned out to be ahead of its time. With a non-existing fresh cheese culture in South Africa, it was simply too early for mozzarella. Not one to be defeated, Giorgio soon came to realise that there was a real opportunity to establish a high quality Italian restaurant in Cape Town – and the rest is history.

Currently, Giorgio is carefully reigniting his restaurant portfolio post the global pandemic by reopening 95 at Parks in Constantia, Carné on Keeroom and Carné on Kloof; both in the city. Giorgio’s authentic Italian pâtisserie and coffee bar – Caffé Milano Pasticceria & Bar has also found a new address at LOCAL on Heritage Square, making for an ideal city pitstop for a beautiful pastry and a great coffee.

2023 marks 20 years that Giorgio has shared his Italian culinary passion with Capetonians and the many visitors to the city over the years.