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WIN with La Piazza, Ballito

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Easily accessible off the M4 and one of the first places you’ll see as you enter Ballito, is the continental eatery you have been waiting for – La Piazza Cafe and Restaurant.

Durbanite contributor, Cristy Gibbons, gives us the lowdown on Ballito’s best little-known restaurant.

“I’ll be honest. I had never heard of La Piazza. I asked around and found that friends and family knew this place pretty well. Having heard rave reviews, I was my usual skeptical self… How could a self-confessed foodie not have tasted the delights of such a fine establishment? This revelation only made me more eager to delve into the undiscovered delights that La Piazza had to offer.

La Piazza

I arrived at around 19h00, date in tow, with little idea of what to expect, other than being told the place was “fancy-ish”. Walking up to the door, I was impressed with the scale of place. A large courtyard and lounging area, with an European fountain, preceded an open plan deck and veranda with a modern bar space meeting them in the middle. Subway tiles, high ceilings and suggestive lighting set the mood as incredibly helpful staff led us to our table.

I felt very fancy. Not to mention that it was inviting, upmarket and family friendly!

My handsome companion and I were impressed. Looking at the menu, it was clear why La Piazza is called a “continental” restaurant. They offer everything. Opening at 07h00 and closing at roughly 22h00 – you can make your way there for breakfast, brunch, lunch dunch and dinner… and drinks.

La Piazza

It took us a while before we realised that there were two discrete children’s play areas – perfect for parents looking for a casual date night, with loads of activities to keep the kids preoccupied.

Soaking up the opportunity to indulge, I ordered the Pan Seared Quail and my compadre cosseted some Carpaccio. Now, because I was the chosen one (to test the tastiness) – I got to eat both. The Carpaccio was light and fresh. Perfect for a humid evening. My quail was succulent and served with a light salad. Slightly sweet, with some much needed crunch. But also, where else can you find Quail? We paired these dishes with the fine red wine on offer. Our waitron, Fikile, was knowledgeable, witty and an overall darling – she assisted us in choosing our mains.

La Piazza

What should you order? Well, like Marco (the owner) says – everything is great. He suggests the Baby Chicken, a firm fan favourite, as well as the Chicken Parmesan (my date’s choice). The portion sizes are well worth the price and the taste is abundant.

Now – for the most important part – dessert. Here is where La Piazza deserves a special mention… say it with me “may I please have the Semi Freddo.” These are words you will not regret. I was advised by Vineshree or “V”, the seriously hospitable manager, to try this delicious milky, ice-creamy, sweet, biscuity magic dessert. I did my best to try coax the secret recipe out of all the staff, but no amount of bribery would work, so you will have to make a trip to taste this treat for yourself.

La Piazza

So – my verdict? La Piazza is “fancy-ish” place you can go, with (or without) the kids, to enjoy a wide selection of really well made, generous meals, any time of day.”

Check them out:
www.lapiazzarestaurant.co.za

WIN WIN WIN!!!

We have a R500 La Piazza voucher up for grabs!

How to enter:
1) Drop us a comment below and like the La Piazza Facebook page here
OR
2) Visit La Piazza and fill out a Durbanite entry form

Competition closes on Friday 13 January.

 

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Nicole

    23 Dec 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Awesome stuff Love to win

  2. Janet Moses

    23 Dec 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Would really love to win this amazing prize from Lake Piazza

  3. Samantha Scott

    23 Dec 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Oh my. This place looks AMAZING!!!

  4. Andi

    23 Dec 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Please pick me! I would love to take my husband on a date here!

  5. Jessey Pan

    23 Dec 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Oooooo~~~I am always on the look out for new exciting restaurants to try out, and this could be the next best thing! Amped to try it out with my besties 😉😆😎😙

  6. Jessica Aberdein

    24 Dec 2016 at 9:01 am

    This looks fantastic! Always on the lookout for the Golden Gems of Durban and this may be one of them! I will definitely have to check La Piazza out <3

  7. Homaira Khan

    29 Dec 2016 at 9:42 am

    Gorgeous establishment. Definitely on our to-visit list!

  8. Tina Naidu

    2 Jan 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Durbanite reviews only the best places, so I know that La Piazza is top quality. Please pick me so that I can experience this gem La Piazza

  9. Sanelisiwe Soni

    3 Jan 2017 at 10:55 am

    Please pick me, I would like to come and visit with my children as we never had Chrismas, just before they go to school and have something to share with their friends and to experience the good food.

  10. Lizeldi Baars

    3 Jan 2017 at 3:55 pm

    OMG this would be foodtastic!!! Its almost my 6 year anniversary and the experience would be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious 🙂

  11. Nikki Vermaak

    3 Jan 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Wow this place look absolutely delish! Must try I out~ That prize voucher would definately help.

  12. Logie Thaver

    5 Jan 2017 at 7:01 am

    Beautiful review. Sounds like an excellent restaurant with delicious food

  13. Penelope Ann Gerrard

    5 Jan 2017 at 8:40 am

    Wow, sounds incredible. As Ballito ‘newbies’, we’re always on the lookout for great restaurant recommendations. I would love to take my husband to La Piazza for date night!

  14. Harsha

    5 Jan 2017 at 3:12 pm

    My new favourite restaurant in Ballito since I celebrated my 40th there last year. Planning my anniversary dinner there this month so would be a bonus to win…

  15. Willem Venter

    6 Jan 2017 at 11:41 am

    Hey Durbanites !!!
    Myself and the Soon to be Wifey will be visiting Ballito this coming March for our Honeymoon!!This would be an awesome addition to the “to do list”… and we could sure do with a voucher after all the wedding costs if you know what I mean… “nudge nudge… wink wink…” lol!!
    Big fan of the site guys!! keep up the good work!!!
    Greetings from Joburg… 🙂

  16. Chantell van den Blink

    23 Jan 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Love Balito and would love to get to know La Piazza!

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WIN: Sundowners at Chambers Club and the KZNPO Symphony Season Concert

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As a stylish leap year treat, Urban Lime and the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra are offering an elegant Thursday evening out for one lucky couple: after-work sundowner cocktails and snacks at Chambers Club and two tickets to the final KZNPO Symphony Season concert in Durban City Hall, on Thursday 5 March at 7.30pm.

To enter – answer the below TWO questions in the comment section of our Facebook post:

  1. Who’s giant 600sqm. portrait hangs alongside the Durban Club Chambers building (the former Netherlands Bank building) in Anton Lembede St?
  2. Where are the KZNPO Summer Season Symphony concerts being performed?
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Chambers Club, South Africa’s newest members’ club, is housed in Durban Club Chambers building (the former Netherlands Bank head office). It is a members’ club for South Africa and Africa’s business and professional community located in the iconic Professional Quarter in the heart of the city, which is open to the public on evenings and weekends.

The beautiful building was designed by famed architect Norman Eaton in central Durban which has been transformed into a professional quarter for the legal fraternity, business community, entrepreneurs and creatives as part of an extensive city-wide project by the visionary team from Urban Lime.

One of the special features of the Chambers Club is a beautiful rooftop garden which overlooks the city – with commissioned sculptures, a water feature, quinine trees, indigenous grasses and aloes. This carefully created space is an eventual realisation of what Norman Eaton originally wished for – a tranquil roof top garden which is ideal for an after-work alfresco sundowner to meet colleagues and friends before heading home.

The Club offers facilities geared for legal practioners and businesspeople: meeting rooms, interview rooms, board rooms, restaurant, bar, lounge, parking facilities and cloakroom. It is perfect for professionals and those looking for an elegant, safe quiet place to meet, work and dine in the middle of town.

Win an elegant evening out: After-work sundowner cocktails and snacks at Chambers Club and a KZNPO symphony season concert in Durban City Hall

The KZN Philharmonic perform two Beethoven favourites, the Leonore Overture No 1 and the Triple Concerto, played by pianist, Malcolm Nay, violinist Tai Murray and KZNPO’s very own cellist Aristide du Plessis. The evening closes with a performance of Bizet’s delightful Symphony in C – all under the baton of Netherlands born conductor Arjan Tien who makes a popular return to round off the season on 5 March.

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Summerdaze NYE 2019

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The countdown to 2020 has begun and if you, like many Durbanites are finding it difficult to set some epic NYE plans into motion, we thought we would give you a hand.

Get your feet in the sand at Summerdaze NYE Beach Party, which will be held at Beachwood (a 5 min drive from Umhlanga). This years dress theme is to be a “Floral” affair, the event will kick off 2pm onwards and will feature top artists and DJ’s at an intimate paradise ocean side setting. Food & drinks will be on sale under the tented beach bar while guests enjoy good vibes, sensational music and fireworks at midnight!

WIN WIN WIN 

We are giving away two epic prizes as follows. *Std. T&C’s apply.

Prize 1 : 5 x General Access Tickets, 1 x Bottle of El Jimador & 1 x Fitch & Leedes Hamper

Prize 2 : 5 x General Access Tickets & 1 case if Sol Beer

To enter, follow BOTH of the below steps:-

  1. Click on the Facebook event link here, and mark yourself as ‘going’
  2. Comment on the event wall with #ProudlyDurbanite

You and your guests must be over the age of 21. Proof of ID will be required.

 

Please be advised that there is limited parking space. Be lekker – don’t drink and drive.

ADDITIONAL INFO.
Whatsapp hotline : 0640814181
Email : info@summerdaze.co.za
Website : www.summerdaze.co.za

Tickets are limited so grab yours here

Proudly sponsored by
Fitch & Leedes
Sol Beer
Southern Comfort
Jack Daniels
el Jimador

*Competition Terms and Conditions.

  1. To enter, follow the link to the Summerdaze NYE Beach Party Facebook event page. Click that you are attending and leave a comment on the event page wall with the hashtag #ProudlyDurbanite.
  2. Winner and guests must be over the age of 21 years old to attend this event – a copy of your South African identity document will be required as proof.
  3. Competition opens on 10th December 2019 and closes midnight 23rd December 2019, South African Standard Time. Winner/s will be randomly drawn on 24th December 2019. Durbanite (Pty) Ltd reserves the right to change the draw date.
  4. Winner/s will be notified via Facebook and are required to confirm their attendance within 24 hour of notification or redraw will take place.
  5. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook.
  6. Durbanite (Pty) Ltd is a promoter of live entertainment events. Tickets for Events are sold by the event organisers or other ticketing agents. Notwithstanding the terms and conditions of such ticketing agents which may apply to the sale of a Ticket for a particular Event, by purchasing and/or holding and/or being in possession of a Ticket or Tickets, the holder of the Ticket agrees to and is bound by these terms and conditions.
  7. Durbanite (Pty) Ltd do not accept liability for damage to or loss of any life or personal property at this Event.
  8. Ticket does not afford the Ticket holder the right to transport to the Venue, or parking, or merchandise, or any food or beverages at the Venue, unless otherwise stated. Other independent service providers might render services relating to transport, parking, merchandise, food or beverages at the Venue and in such circumstances, the terms and conditions of such service providers will apply between it and persons who make use of such products or services.
  9. You must produce a valid Ticket to gain entry to the Venue and you must produce that Ticket for inspection upon request from an Event official at any time. Failure to produce such Ticket when requested may result in you being denied access to the Venue or in you being removed from the Venue.
  10. Subject to these competition rules, Durbanite (Pty) Ltd determination of the winner/s is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  11. The prizes are non-transferable for cash.
  12. By entering this competition you agree to all the terms and conditions stated above.
  13. Employees, agents of or consultants to Durbanite (Pty) Ltd and, their immediate family members (parents, children, brothers and sisters), spouse(s), life partners, business partners and associates are excluded from this competition.
  14. Failure to comply with any of these Terms and Conditions will result in immediate forfeiture of the prize.

 

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Pieter Dirk Uys and Evita Bezuidenhout: #HeTwo

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The Hexagon, Pietermaritzburg: 14 – 16 November

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Durban: 18 – 24 November

 

“It’s a class act … the evergreen Uys always manages to inject something fresh and relevant into his work. A great show and a wonderful tribute to one gutsy lady created by one of South Africa’s true sons of the soil.” Peter Feldman ARTSLINK 2.8.2019

 “That both PDU and Tannie Evita will have you giggling at #HeTwo while banishing the troubles of the outside world is a no brainer.” Diane de Beer DEBEER NECESSITIES 31.7.2019

 “Uys dons false eyelashes and presidents listen.” L.A. TIMES

 

“You better watch out, you better not lie, you better not pout, I am telling you why- #HeTwo is coming to town!” Pieter-Dirk Uys and Evita “face off” on stage together for the first time ever in South African history, #HeTwo comes to The Hexagon Theatre from 14 – 16 November and then heads to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 18 – 24 November.

WIN WIN WIN

Visit our Facebook page to enter to win 1 set of 5 double tickets!

Tickets valid for Tuesday 19th November @ the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre ONLY!

Show starts @ 19h30 sharp! Std. T&C’s apply.

In 1981 a woman appeared out of the dressing room of the Market Theatre, stepped onto the stage and smiled. Virtually before she even gave her name, she was a legend. Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout was presented to the audience, the nation and the world. She is still going stronger than ever. No longer a recognised Nationalist as she was during those years of apartheid rule, she is now a member of the African National Congress, secure in her Luthuli House kitchen where she cooks for reconciliation. For nearly forty years she has had to tolerate the impersonation of her by a local actor. She tried to sue him for libel; she swore never to allow him into her life and yet, now in the 25th year of her democracy, she will be on the stage with Pieter-Dirk Uys at the same time.

The question to PDU was always: why this female character of Evita? There are many answers. When he started impersonating her in 1978, it was illegal to have an opinion about anything political, so maybe an Afrikaans woman with an NP husband could spill the beans. The fact that she was portrayed by a man dressed as a woman when cross-dressing was also illegal, could force the edge of the envelope. Or maybe that she was there for only one reason: to eventually make Nelson Mandela laugh. And she did. They met and he laughed. She also embraced Archbishop Desmond Tutu who also laughed. She posed with countless legends and South Africans, black and white, laughed – with relief.

Evita Bezuidenhout will always be ten years older than Pieter-Dirk Uys. He seems to be catching up. His Darling venue, Evita se Perron, has been going for 23 years, established as a recognised international tourist destination and local satirical Stonehenge. Who would have thought that Tannie Evita would become a farce to be reckoned with, to be hailed and celebrated as the most famous white woman in South Africa? And now as a member of the ANC, sharing her weekly comments on YouTube and Daily Maverick about the state of her nation, where her Evita’s Free Speech, now past its 200th episode, has gathered supporters from all the corners of the globe? Her 140,000 Twitter followers are not just, as she thinks, in the same prison outside Rustenburg.

Now in 2019, for the first time, she and her ageing impersonator will confront each other face to face.

There can only be one winner.

#HeTwo will perform in Pietermaritzburg at the Hexagon from 14 to 16 November (Book at Webtickets) and in Durban at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 18 to 24 November (Book at Computicket).

@TannieEvita

www.evita.co.za

www.pdu.co.za

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