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Caraffa Ristorante
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups
Food
Italian, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50 (wine) R70 (sparkling)

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

Food
An ample list of focaccia, insalata and minestra introduces a comprehensive but thoughtful menu. Antipasti freddi or caldi offers many fine examples of Italian antipasti, and the well-known melanzane ala parmigiana is a real treat – perfectly cooked and deliciously flavoured. The carne section includes many well-known Italian meat items such as filetto alla pepe, saltimbocca, scalopina, veal piccata and involtini, but also a lovely fish section.

The pasta and pizza sections are not unmanageably large and the lasagna al forno is perfectly cooked and deeply delicious. The dolce section includes an elegant lemon sorbet with vodka, affogato or – for those craving something sweeter – a pavlova, a cassata or a crème brûlée.

Drinks
Nothing beats starting an Italian dinner with a glass of Prosecco DOC Zonin Special Cuvée NV, but there are other great wines available by the glass such as Knorhoek and Klein Constantia Pinot Noir, all kept perfectly stable with their Le Verre de Vin system. South African wines are well-represented and include top-end ranges.

Service
The waiters are clearly used to managing a packed restaurant, so even a busy Friday evening with many families with children do not faze the waiters, who remain cool, competent and professional. Everyone – from the reception clerk to the floor manageress and waiters – introduced themselves eloquently and were able to answer questions without hesitation. A system or diagram for taking orders at tables would be helpful, though, to reduce that awkward moment when the food arrives at the table and guests have to indicate who is eating what.

Ambience
Situated on the first floor of a nondescript suburban building, one enters past a large drinks dispensing/bar area. The obligatory pizza station and oven sits slightly elevated at the back of the main room, which is jam-packed with tables in various sizes and configurations. Bulkheads with sandstone trompe-l'œil and Italian art scenes decorate the walls.

And…
They also do food to take away, which appeared to be a very popular choice for people wishing to enjoy a good meal at home. The pressure of these take-away meals is eased by a small entrance area, where waiting customers can wait for their orders to be finished.

(October 2017)

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User reviews

  • I love their pasta and good selection of wine. Service was also very good.
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  • Worst Italian restaurant ever. Chicken livers cold. T-Bone steak garlic burt. Tiramisu in a glass. Bad service have to wait ages for everything.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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