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Café Picobella Trattoria

Café Picobella Trattoria
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  • Phone Number 011 482 4309
  • Location 66 Fourth Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg
  • email picobella@live.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 8am to 10pm

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 8am to 10pm

    Dinner: Monday to Sunday 8am to 10pm

Cost
R70
Ambience
Authentic culture, Comfy & casual
Food
Bistro fare, Coffee, Italian, Vegetarian
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

They serve simple but beautifully prepared Mediterranean dishes and great pizzas. The balcony’s the place for people-spotting. Highlights: tender, warm chicken salad; homemade pesto dishes; butternut and sage lasagna; and the salmon fishcake with spring onions. (EO mag 2014)
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    Named after the attractive cliffside of Naples in Dean Martin’s old song about the moon hitting your eye like a big pizza pie. The owner is Deon Fourie, a successful restaurant creator, and the food is loosely Mediterranean rather than Neapolitan. Offering delightful value for money, the spot can be used for for breakfast, business meetings, delicious coffee natters, lunches or romantic dinners.

    Wine
    Good and reliable, for a range of pockets.

    Service
    Personal but not always fully attentive.

    Ambience
    Calm and soothing. The décor is an ever-increasing collection of Madonnas whose mood matches the sepia glow and evening candlelight. But the raised patio is also a very sought-after spot on Melville’s attractive 4th Avenue.

    And...
    Two well-known chefs eat and relax here for their own meals out. (MLE, October 2012)
  • Marie-Lais Emond

    Open from breakfast to dinner and all the options in-between, seven days a week. A wonderful spot for casual meetings, with film/TV people working on scripts, poets communing and other chefs relaxing. This place is so popular; is it because of the balcony for people spotting; the simple but beautifully prepared Mediterranean dishes; or the calmness of the very pleasant owner? Recommended for a lazy, long lunch. My most comforting dish is a chicken salad, lavishly prepared with a huge piece of warm, tender chicken nestled within. The homemade pesto dishes have many fans, as do the butternut and sage lasagne and the salmon pan-cake of spring onions. Fairly simple dishes made with care.

User reviews

  • Took my daughter for a Saturday evening meal. The old-mansion feel was delightful, though echoing and noisy as expected. Someone ordered 22 take-out pizzas for a party and the kitchen mindlessly gave preference to this order to the exclusion of most others. As a result, we waited well over an hour for one pizza and one pasta, while the scurrying waitrons did nothing to update us on progress of our order. My daughter said her salmon pasta was delicious, but my anchovy-based pizza could have been dipped in the Dead Sea for the quantity of salt that encrusted it. I have been to this venue before and the food and service was better then; perhaps better planning on the part of the kitchen would have heightened our enjoyment this time.
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  • Thank you Cafe Picobella for accommodating us last night, we really had a beautiful evening at the restaurant. The atmosphere was perfect for the celebration, the food was awesome and the staff was really so friendly.
    We use to drive past the restaurant and always saud we should try it, I must say the only disappointing this was waiting so long to try it out and we will definitely be back soon.
    A Big thank you to the owner who out of his own arranged the most amazing chocolate cake which made the evening so much more sweeter and special.
    Thank you once again for a memorable. Beautiful evening with friends and for making it so much more special with you kind and friendly staff. A definite recommendation.
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  • Great food! Great bread snacks. Awesome vibe. Great ice cream and chocolate sauce. Terrible service.

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  • Take a head of lettuce - don't even bother to chop, quarter a tomato, add a few slices of onion, a few wedges of tasteless cheese and a few olives. Charge a customer another R8 for a few slivers of cucumber - and call it an Italian salad.
    Add whatever toppings you feel like (because it will all taste the same - of nothing) to a thick stodgy base, and cremate in your beautiful pizza oven. Don't bother coming round to check on us because we'll never be back! Absolutely dismal!

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  • On the last visit I was told they do not do French fries anymore after my plate arrived with crisps. Then the food was inedible. It is time they jack up their act as I used to love this place.

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  • Good food and a nice variety of dishes but the service is sorely lacking. The last 2 times I've been here over weekends. Both in the mornings and in the afternoon.

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  • The worst food we have ever tasted, nothing Italian about this place, R64 for carbonara pasta that is a child's portion and made with ten kilos of butter, burnt pancetta and hard pasta, absolutely disgusting!

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  • What a wonderful restaurant! A relaxed setting that provides gorgeous food (the lamb meatballs are brilliant!) at reasonable prices.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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