ANTONIA HODDINOTT – OWNER
Antonia is a foodie at heart and grew up on an organic farm in the Cradle of Humankind area near Johannesburg. She worked in her family restaurant, Casalinga Ristorante Italiano, from her early years and eventually took over the reins.
Here Antonia learnt all the ins and out of the restaurant trade from her parents, Peter and Jenny De Luca.
Antonia went on to train as a chef in the USA, became an author and pioneer in the field of plant-based eating and completed a degree in marketing, entrepreneurship and an MBA in finance at Bond University in Australia.
Antonia launched her signature restaurant in 2010, Leafy Greens Café, which became a critically-acclaimed vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Johannesburg.
With the success of her cafe she launched her own brand of health foods called Antonia’s Botanicals with products now being sold throughout South Africa. Antonia and Jake expanded her restaurant business by launching the Il Caffe and Il Ristorante offerings at Casalinga Organic Farm.