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Alfie’s Italian Café
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Coffee, Groups, Kids, Quick meals, Special occasions
Food
Café fare, Italian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R65

Critic's review

Khanya Mzongwana

Situated on the corner of the hottest foodie strip in Pretoria, Alfie’s Italian Café has made an indisputable name for itself as the hallmark of Italian eating in the capital. The small unassuming restaurant probably seats a maximum of forty guests, making it an intimate setup where guests can clearly see and hear their food being freshly prepared. The founder, owner and chef Alfredo Fiachetti has passionately built what is now three successful restaurants that have impressed local diners in and out of the city. He is also the proud owner of Alfie’s Café and Iskia, the Italian influenced seafood restaurant. His contribution to Pretoria’s dining culture is one to marvel on.

Food
As the chef-patron, Alfredo is constantly in the kitchen with his mother, inventing and experimenting with the incredible ingredients he has at his disposal. As with most traditional Italian food haunts, the menu at Alfie’s kicks off with a refreshingly small antipasti category. The onion flan is absolutely divine topped with a slather of warm pecorino cheese sauce (R68). Antipasto di mare is also a gorgeously simple starter, in the true casually sophisticated air of the Italian people, with boiled potatoes, steamed baby calamari, kalamata olives, crunchy savoury celery and fresh parsley (R75). There’s an array of crostini with fresh and flavourful toppings from R45 and most of them are vegetarian friendly. The gnocchi gorgonzola e noci is unforgettable, with golden brown, pillowy golden brown gnocchi tossed in a sharp but creamy gorgonzola with walnuts (R65), it is well worth the drive out, to be honest. One of their best loved (and possibly most Instagrammed) dishes is the 300g oven roasted, rosemary and garlic
marinated rib-eye steak (R135), served with a portion of veggies or your choice of salad, pomodoro pasta or butter and parmesan pasta. The pasta is a pretty obvious choice in an Italian eatery but certainly not a bad one, especially considering their tagliatelle alla salsiccia, or Itaian sausage tagliatelle, tossed through a hot pan with olive oil and fresh tomato (R95). The baked-to-order chocolate lava cake easily rivals most in the city and goes down a delectable treat with ice cold vanilla ice cream.

Drinks
The drinks offering is good, as can be expected from Alfredo. Expect to find a wide range of popular local wines such as white blends from Kleine Zalze, Boschendal and Haute Cabriere well as regularly scheduled wine tastings and pairings in the evenings. Enquie with your waiter for more details or visit their page on Facebook at Alfie’s Pizzeria & Deli for up-to-the-minute updates of their next wine pairing feast.

Service
The service is almost as good as the food here. The waiters are extremely helpful and go out of their way to ensure your visit is an unforgettable, positive one. The restaurant fills up easily, but the wait for a table is never too long although it’s always advisable to book ahead. The setting is muted and guests are made to feel comfortable upon arrival.

Ambience
If you’re here for the ambience, you might be disappointed, especially if it’s not as busy as it usually is. The décor is muted and uninteresting, but for the hundreds of regulars who keep coming back week after week, this is no determining factor. Sit on the small, breezy sidewalk for a more refreshing (and possibly romantic) atmosphere.

Best for...
Alfie’s is a great spot for a romantic dinner or somewhere to take the in-laws or that client you’re trying to butter up. The food here speaks for itself and the Alfie’s team have done a remarkable job bringing a piece of Italy to Pretoria. There is also a deli in the pizzeria where guests can take home some authentic Italian ingredients with which to cook their own masterpieces at home. This is a casual dining space, parking is free but limited and take-aways are available.

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Khanya Mzongwana

    Food
    As the chef-patron, Alfredo is constantly in the kitchen with his mother, inventing and experimenting with the incredible ingredients he has at his disposal. As with most traditional Italian food haunts, the menu at Alfie’s kicks off with a refreshingly small antipasti category. The onion flan is absolutely divine topped with a slather of warm pecorino cheese sauce . Antipasto di mare is also a gorgeously simple starter, in the true casually sophisticated air of the Italian people, with boiled potatoes, steamed baby calamari, kalamata olives, crunchy savoury celery and fresh parsley .

    There’s an array of crostini with fresh and flavourful toppings and most of them are vegetarian friendly. The gnocchi gorgonzola e noci is unforgettable with golden brown, pillowy golden brown gnocchi tossed in a sharp but creamy gorgonzola with walnuts , it is well worth the drive out, to be honest.

    One of the popular dishes is the 300g oven-roasted, rosemary and garlic marinated rib-eye steak served with a portion of veggies or your choice of salad, pomodoro pasta or butter and parmesan pasta. The pasta is a pretty obvious choice in an Italian eatery but certainly not a bad one, especially considering their tagliatelle alla salsiccia, or Italian sausage tagliatelle, tossed through a hot pan with olive oil and fresh tomato. The baked-to-order chocolate lava cake easily rivals most in the city and goes down a delectable treat with ice cold vanilla ice cream.

    Drinks
    The drinks offering is good, as can be expected from Alfredo. Expect to find a wide range of popular local wines such as white blends from Kleine Zalze, Boschendal and Haute Cabriere well as regularly scheduled wine tastings and pairings in the evenings. Enquire with your waiter for more details or visit their page on Facebook at Alfie’s Pizzeria & Deli for up-to-the-minute updates of their next wine pairing feast.

    Service
    The service is almost as good as the food here. The waiters are extremely helpful and go out of their way to ensure your visit is an unforgettable, positive one. The restaurant fills up easily, but the wait for a table is never too long although it’s always advisable to book ahead. The setting is muted and guests are made to feel comfortable upon arrival.

    Ambience
    If you’re here for the ambience, you might be disappointed, especially if it’s not as busy as it usually is. The décor is muted and uninteresting, but for the hundreds of regulars who keep coming back week after week, this is no determining factor. Sit on the small, breezy sidewalk for a more refreshing (and possibly romantic) atmosphere.

    Best for...
    A romantic dinner or somewhere to take the in-laws or that client you’re trying to butter up. The food here speaks for itself and the Alfie’s team have done a remarkable job bringing a piece of Italy to Pretoria. There is also a deli in the pizzeria where guests can take home some authentic Italian ingredients with which to cook their own masterpieces at home. This is a casual dining space, parking is free but limited and take-aways are available.

    (2018)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    Chef-patron Alfredo Fiachetti spends his time in the kitchen, where he produces food from the Italian kitchen with a sense of style and an elegance that plays into contemporary cuisine. From the tartare di salmone with avocado, Worcestershire sauce, chives and sesame seeds to linguine ai gamberi e ginger (prawns, cherry tomatoes, ginger and chilli), it’s all mouth-watering. Also try the pork belly or the lamb of the day as mains.
    To conclude with perfection, there’s the flan di cioccolato, a decadent chocolate dessert. The food is masterfully prepared and presented. The daily specials are also something to watch out for.

    Drinks
    The wine list is wisely put together, well-balanced with something for every pocket, yet allowing for a generous number of choices.

    Service
    They know their diners and are quick off the mark.

    Ambience
    With space for only 30-something diners, it’s the intimacy of this café-inspired restaurant that’s most appealing. Depending on the time of the day, inside or out, it’s buzzy yet not boisterous, with a loyal set of regulars. The interiors are simple yet smart.

    And…
    They can claim the title of granddaddy of the Village, 16th Street with its hot selection of restaurants.

    (December 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay their own way. Read our editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • Best pizza in Pretoria. Love this place.
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  • We had a wonderful dinner and I will definitely go there again. The restaurant was quieter than I expected, even for mid-week and the wine selection was small but sufficient. The food was delicious, the specials board was extensive and flavours beautifully crafted. Presentation of the pork belly was a bit dull but quickly forgotten once you started eating. The pear and walnut salad and Caprese salad were both super fresh, perfectly dressed and really lovely - I especially appreciated that the perfectly ripe tomatoes in the Caprese Salad were not cold but were at room temperature, enhancing their smell and taste. The panna cotta technically cannot be faulted but was completely unremarkable while the Creme Brulee was perfection. The staff were friendly, very knowledgeable, happily indulged the members of the table who had questions, were attentive but not disruptive and really elevated the entire dining experience.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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