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Caffe Mario
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Cost
R60 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Quick meals
Food
Bakery fare, Café fare, Italian, Modern, Pizzas, Seafood, Strictly Halaal
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R25

Critic's review

Charlotte Pregnolato

Food
Caffe Mario is open all day, every day, and turns out people-pleasing meals for bustling crowds. Family-owned, the restaurant specialises in authentic Italian dishes.

Start the day with gusto and have Mario's Breakfast, pretty much a fry-up with authentic Italian sausages, or Luigi's Breakfast of silky mushrooms, pesto, and melted mozzarella on toast. As you would expect, old-school Italian favourites dominate the menu. Pasta is al dente and pizzas have crispy crusts and wheat-free options. Pasta ranges from classics like Alfredo (Mario's version features ham and cream) to inspired combinations like Pasta Aurora with broccoli and gorgonzola. Full meals come with vegetables, and simple fish of the day grilled in olive oil or Filetto al pepe nero (Beef medallions in black pepper sauce) are good options. Tasty salads like Mediterranean with gorgonzola and rocket are finished with subtle Italian dressing and sized to share. The standout dessert is melt-in-your-mouth tiramisu.

Drinks 
Italian Prosecco is a nice go-with-everything selection if you like sparkly; otherwise, most choices are well known middling South African wines with mark-ups on the high side. De Krans port from Calizdorp is a lovely choice with dessert and Italian beers are perfect with pizza.

Service
Brisk and efficient, the staff members keep their cool no matter how busy.

Ambience
Consistently one of the liveliest venues in town, Caffe Mario is all about having a good time. In the summer, outside tables are at a premium, situated right next to the quays waterway. Chilly weather brings the focus inside the typical Italian café, where guests, bursting with good cheer, rub shoulders at intimate tables.

Best for families and groups looking for a happy, casual atmosphere and enough choices to please everyone.

(August 2018)

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User reviews

  • Only been in Knysna for a few months and I have almost tried every restaurant and take away in Knysna for a good pizza and every time the dough was paper thin and tasteless .Searching restaurant after restaurant and then we found Marios, absolutely fantastic, correct thickness ,tasty and looks yummy!.I recommend them to every one.Since we have found Marios we dont miss our hometown pizza anymore we are more than satisfied. Happiness!
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  • Vibey, bustling, friendly service and delicious Italian food - Caffe Mario is well worth a visit when you're in Knysna. If in peak season, make sure to phone ahead and book a table as this spot is popular. I always have pasta, as they are all yummy and authentic - on this visit, I had spaghetti with grilled calamari, chilli and garlic and it was tops! Plus super generous on the calamari. A big thumbs up!
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Facilities

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

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