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Brendan’s Story

There is no doubt that my passion for the food and service industry runs deep, very deep! I simply just LOVE FOOD. Love to eat it , love to make it, in fact anything to do with food. Since the age of 12 being brought up in hotels and restaurants, I worked my way up from runner to waiter then waiter to management. Running various food outlets at The Empora’s Palace Casino I knew this was my calling.

From the kitchen to the front of house my skills have been perfected, and not to mention my ability to deal with all situations with precision and calmness. More so, I simply enjoy my customers!

I will endeavour to carry The Carlucci’s brand for generations to come in my family.

– Brendan Payze Founder

Our History

Carlucci’s started in 1997 by Giovanni Esposito from the famous Giovanni’s Deli in Green Point. Having working for Giovanni for a number of years running Carlucci’s, Brendan knew it was time to open his own store. Carlucci’s Blouberg opened in 2007 in probably the most perfect position in the world. Facing Table Mountain the view is breath taking. Still going strong this store is nothing short of a landmark. Taking over the brand in 2007 has proved many challenges, but finally all is coming together. With franchising plans in place, we plan to take this brand to the next level. Watch this space.

Our store at Meerendal Wine Estate opened in 2016, this has now evolved into a full blown restaurant with rolling lawns, ample space for kids to play in a safe environment and the biggest jungle gym in Durbanville! Be sure to visit us.

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Elegant Inside and Out!

Our Blouberg store on the beachfront, offers uninterrupted views of the sea and Table Mountain, watch the world go by while biting into one of our delicious 20 sandwiches. Freshly baked artisanal breads fill the baskets daily, from croissants to Panini’s and proper authentic boiled bagels.

The smell of freshly ground coffee fills the air as your coffee is being made by Jake. When the wind blows you can watch the world’s best kite surfers in action. Rated in the top 5 beaches in the world for kiting , Kite beach will be sure to put on a show.

Meerendal Wine Estate well known for its great wines and the hosting of the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike race is where our second store is located.

17.5km of mountain bike trails are available at Meerendal for all ages, from intermediate to experience. With the whole farm being electrified you and your family can ride in safety. This will definitely be an outing not to be missed.

We also have amazing views of the Stellenbosch Mountains, with rolling lawns for the kids to stretch their legs and go wild. The biggest jungle gym in Durbanville will keep the little ones happy. Our wood fired pizzas have become well known for their extra thin and crispy bases with generous toppings.

World Class Service

We really strive to give our utmost best in service. We will endeavour to go out of our way to accommodate all your needs. Blouberg will see faster quicker service, being the small shop that it is , but Meerendal proves a little more difficult with the furthest table being 70m from the kitchen. But this laid back environment should enjoyed at exactly that “laid back” the typical wine estate feeling cheese boards , wine tasting, amazing views and total relaxation.

Excellent Menus

Our menu has been developed over 20 years to cater for everyone’s tastes bud. Our café style menu of light meals offers anything from the grab & go meals to pizzas, our sandwiches are to die for. Generous fillings stuffed into freshly bake artisanal breads. We have focused on vegetarians and special dietary requirements to keep up with trends. Our freshly pressed juices are a hit, our range of combinations are unique to our menu. Sourcing the freshest fruit and vegetables for these juices is our daily priority.

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