On November 30, Remo’s Libertà will open its doors at Nelson Mandela Square bringing a taste of authentic Italy to Sandton.

Since the first Remo’s opened its doors in Mount Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal in 2007, this much-loved family-owned eatery has grown in leaps and bounds – not only in size, but in reputation, too. The Remo’s brand captures the essence of what it means to live and eat Italian and has become renowned for its décor, ambience, outstanding service and authentic Italian menu. Simply put, Remo’s has become a must on every avid foodie’s itinerary.


Born out of a relentless love and passion for good food and great experiences, and with three thriving establishments in Umhlanga, Mt Edgecombe and Waterfall Estate, Remo’s Libertà will proudly open its doors in the newly revamped Nelson Mandela Square, in the spot previously occupied by Montego Bay. The Sandton Times had a chance to enjoy a visit to the Umhlanga Remo’s earlier this year, during a visit to The Oyster Box for a weekend away; and what a treat it was!


As with each branch of the Remo’s family of restaurants, Remo’s Libertà will be themed. This Sandton spot serves as a tribute to South Africa’s greatest citizen – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Libertà (meaning “freedom”) emphasises Madiba’s tireless fight in helping our country achieve true liberation. Diners will feast beneath a massive iconic black-and-white painting of a young Madiba, wearing boxing gloves, while historic photographs of other famous South African boxers and the familiar black-and-white Scribante family photographs fill up the walls.


Located in a prime setting and quite magnificently appointed, Libertà continues to represent the service, quality and core ethos of the Remo’s philosophy. Think stylish and classic décor, brown and cream leather, raw finishes, exposed brickwork, large ceiling fans and evocative décor pieces hand-selected by owner and Remo’s visionary, Renzo Scribante.


A large marble-topped bar takes centre stage and is the perfect destination for after-work or pre-dinner drinks, where you can select what takes your fancy from a unique cocktail menu and sample delicious antipasti boards and snacks.  And for the early risers, Remo’s famous La Dolce Vita coffee and fresh pastries, including the famous Remo’s Cronut, will be available from 6:30am to kick-start your day. The Sandton Times can also confirm that the desserts and Remo’s are not too be missed – especially the Chocolate Eclairs!


Fans of the Remo’s menu will not be disappointed and, as with all other Remo’s eateries, the menu remains the same, but with a strong focus on authentic and ingredient-led food. Wine lovers can also look forward to pairing their meals with Italian wines sourced from Italian estates, including Fontanafredda, Borgogno, Bastianich and Brandini, and will of course find their favourite South African Italian cultivates on the list, too.


And while every restaurant needs a great menu and comfortable décor to be successful, the secret sauce (it’s Bolognese) for Remo’s lies in its people. Executive Chef at Libertà will be none other than Edward “Steady Eddy” Khumalo. Eddy’s been making magic in Remo’s kitchens since day one when he worked as Head Barman and then turned his talents to the kitchen. Eddy will be moving from Remo’s Maximilliano to Libertà, bringing his passion for great Italian food with a unique twist to Sandton tables. Eddy cooks, eats and sleeps Italian, with his blood type registered under “excellent coffee”. Patrons can look forward to Eddy’s experiments in the kitchen, too – look out for the daily, off-menu specials that Eddy will be cooking up!


Keeping a close eye on all things restaurant is the number one priority for Remo’s Libertà General Manager, Jake Masisi. You’ll spot Jake in his signature bowtie but recognise him by his great smile. Jake lives for customer service and Mamma’s cooking, so he’ll be popping past your table to check on your Remo’s experience.

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