Dining Out, People of Joburg

Get to know Antonia De Luca from Leafy Greens Café

March 14, 2019, Author: Hello Joburg

A stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of the city, nestled in the foothills of the Swartkop Mountains; is an organic country farm reminiscent of Antonia De Luca’s grandmother’s garden, where she discovered her palpable passion for Italian food as a young girl.

A labour of love and light, Leafy Greens Café started out as a passion project between two friends and was originally registered as LG Café. While soaking up the sun on a beach in Santa Monica, Restaurateur Antonia De Luca came up with the name Leafy Greens Café, and the sanctuary to nourish mind, body and soul was born.


With more matcha here and less charcoal there, it’s overwhelming to keep up with the wellness trends around the world, but immersed in the beauty of the botanicals, Antonia keeps it simple with her farm to table ethos. Going back to basics has allowed Leafy Greens Café to cherish the fresh produce from their garden, that is both rich in nutrients and goodness, because it’s grown organically and ripened by the sun.

Inspired by the likes of Ottolenghi, Antonia’s international chef training has her serving up contemporary crowd-pleasers such as raw zucchini lasagna with macadamia cheese, oxheart tomatoes and beautiful basil pesto.


Motivated by her mentor, Vegan Food Guru and veteran Natal Swimmer Barbara Leiman, Antonia has remained authentic to herself and the people that she serves. Rewarded by the people that she meets and the incredible team that she works with, every challenge has presented Antonia with an opportunity to grow. She loves nothing more than when people choose to eat, meet and retreat at Leafy Greens Café.

Antonia believes that every bite you take is either fighting disease or feeding it; and has instilled this medicinal magic of food in her team who have a keen interest in health and wellness, and a passion for the food that they serve.

Having just launched a new menu, Antonia and her team reap what they sow…and it’s all so good.


Rocky Ridge Rd, Muldersdrift

010 595 4563



Hello Joburg was first published in April 1980 as a monthly restaurant and entertainment magazine. Over the years we have developed a network of patriotic Joburgers that love nothing more than sharing their experiences in this beautiful city!

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