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Caraffa Ristorante

Caraffa Ristorante
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  • Phone Number 0123463181
  • Location 46 Selati Street, Alphen Park, Pretoria
  • email caraffa@caraffa.co.za
  • Website URL www.caraffa.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Monday to Friday 12noon to 2.30pm (pizza closes at 3.15pm)

    Dinner: Monday to Saturday 5pm to 9.30pm

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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture
Food
Italian, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Diane de Beer

Food
There’s something classic about the food here. You can pick a ravioli brodo or a melanzane alla parmigiana as a starter, both with a strong element of comfort. Pasta is freshly made and, if you’re a gnocchi fan but the quattro formaggi (four cheeses) is too rich, try another option like the osso buco sauce, which is a great alternative, or ask about other combinations. Their rump pizzaiola is prepared in the pizza oven with olives, capers and mixed peppers then served with polenta. Another good pick here is their Costata Fiorentina, a 500g T-bone roasted in the pizza oven and dressed with olive oil, black pepper and a perfect amount of garlic. The meat options are great but they also have a large selection of pizzas, including the quattro stagioni – with anchovy, mushrooms and ham – which is packed with flavour. Desserts are pretty standard, including tiramisu, cassata tartufo and Italian kisses, so perhaps include one of their focaccias at the start of the meal.

Drinks
They have a good selection, with many Italian vintages starting with a prosecco, a Piedmont chianti or a red or white Veneto. Locally they mix it up with a Steenberg Brut chardonnay or a Groote Post brut rose.

Service
It’s a large space, often so packed that the staff have to be on their toes, but if they should miss anything owner Michela Paoletich has a hands-on approach and keeps an eye out.

Ambience
The low lighting, especially at night, might catch you unawares but as this is a Pretoria treasure, their diners hold sway and this would be their choice. It’s a large space with quite a few nooks and crannies, so regulars might pick their spots. Parking is easy but it's wise to make a booking because of their popularity.

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They have an extensive menu so check with your waiter about specials or particular dishes.

(September 2016)

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  • Claire Hu

    Food
    If you’re after traditional trattoria fare in a vibrant setting, you can’t go wrong with Caraffa. It sticks to its strengths, which include generous cuts of free-range meat done in a wood-burning oven (the 500g T-bone will fix any meat craving); fresh pasta made by the mother and daughter team in the kitchen; and a great selection of reasonably-priced seafood like oysters, salmon in champagne sauce, calamari and mussels. It’s not fancy or unusual but extremely well executed cooking. They use fresh herbs from the garden in their hearty lasagne. The antipasti have a slightly more adventurous feel than the mains, with the use of ingredients like chicken livers and springbok carpaccio making a tasty start to your meal.

    Drinks
    A well-thought out and varied wine list includes a great selection of Italian wines from well-known regions like Veneto and Piedmont, as well as more unusual and delicious grapes from northern Italy. Prosecco, French champagne as well as some excellent and up-and-coming wines from the likes of Creation in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley make this a great place to try something new.

    Service
    This is a neighbourhood restaurant and regulars are warmly greeted. The service is friendly and on the whole efficient, despite the busyness.

    Ambience
    The décor has the feel of a traditional trattoria in the Italian Alps, with exposed brickwork, Chianti bottles and wooden furniture. It’s a bit dated and cluttered but most regulars would probably stage a protest if it was modernised! This is a great place for a family dinner, or big, special occasion gatherings that go on for hours ...

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    There’s a pianist on Tuesday and Saturday nights.

    (October 2015)

  • Claire Hu

    Food
    If you’re after traditional trattoria fare in a vibrant setting, you can’t go wrong with Caraffa Ristorante in Pretoria. It sticks to its strengths, which include generous cuts of free-range meat done in a wood-burning oven (the 500g T-bone will satisfy any meat craving); fresh pasta made by the mother-and-daughter team in the kitchen; and a great selection of reasonably priced seafood like oysters, salmon in champagne sauce, calamari and mussels. They use fresh herbs from the garden in their hearty lasagne.

    It may not be fancy or unusual, but it’s extremely well-executed cooking. The antipasti have a slightly more adventurous feel than the mains, with the use of ingredients like chicken livers and springbok carpaccio making a tasty start to your meal.

    Drinks
    A well thought-out and varied wine list includes a great selection of Italian wines from well-known regions like Veneto and Piedmont, as well as more unusual and delicious grapes from northern Italy. Prosecco, French Champagne and some excellent and up-and-coming wines from the likes of Creation in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley make this a great place to try something new.

    Service
    This is a neighbourhood restaurant and regulars are warmly greeted. The service is friendly and, on the whole, quite efficient, despite the busyness.

    Ambience
    The décor has the feel of a traditional trattoria in the Italian Alps, with exposed brickwork, Chianti bottles and wooden furniture. It’s a bit dated and cluttered, but most regulars would probably stage a protest if it were modernised! This is a great place for a family dinner and big, special-occasion gatherings that go on for hours...

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    There’s a pianist on Tuesday and Saturday nights.

    (July 2015)

  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    Caraffa knows what works for them and they stick to that recipe. They offer comfort food for the neighbourhood, with a menu that’s familiar and serves quality and classical Italian dishes and steakhouse fare. Favourites are properly matured sirloin alforno and the T-bone, with much of the meat done in the pizza oven.

    The salads and many of the starters are simply made with the best ingredients, and their gnocchi with four cheeses is to die for – rich enough to sustain you for hours. Don’t shy away from their pizzas: the alla calabresi in particular, topped with bacon, ham, salami, onions, peppers and chillies, goes down a treat. Their fish isn’t shabby either.

    They go for quality, not a flashy experience.

    Drinks
    There’s a healthy selection of wine with the Rietvlei cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon topping the list; however, they are in the process of revamping the offering.

    Service
    It’s a busy spot, so they need to be on their toes to keep everyone satisfied. Happily they manage this most of the time.

    Ambience
    It’s comfortable, chummy and familiar. At Caraffa it’s all about the chat, the food, and making you feel at home. The restaurant is centred around the pizza oven, with comfy tables and chairs, fresh tablecloths and big smiles from the staff doing the rest.

    And…
    This is a blissful spot for families, as they encourage the kind of experience where large groups gather around and are expected to linger and kuier.

    (July 2014)

  • A romantic neighbourhood joint that serves authentic dishes. Comfortable, cosy and hospitable are all buzzwords here. They have a wonderful assortment of Italian wines and delicious favourites like gorgonzola steak and saltimbocca. (EO mag 2014)
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    If you’re looking for good quality traditional Italian food, you will find it here. Knowing their clientele, they’re as strong on pasta as on their meat dishes. There’s nothing haute cuisine about their fare, but you can rely on the authenticity of anything from the no-frills Italian salad to the gnocchi with three cheese sauce or the sirloin that has been matured and pizza-oven grilled to perfection. The portions are generous and the food inviting.

    Wine
    It’s an almost pedestrian list if somewhat pricey, so to have some fun and opt for one of the Italian choices.

    Service
    It’s warm and fuzzy with the kind of attention that ensures a seamless meal.

    Ambience
    If contemporary design is your style, this won’t do. But it’s warm and friendly with cosy chatter swirling around the room. Many of the customers are regulars and according to owner Michaela Tucci, that’s how she likes it. They’re extremely busy, so it’s better to book to avoid turning up at a packed trattoria.

    And...
    It’s one of those hospitable neighbourhood haunts that has a comfortable air about it. (DdeB, September 2010).

User reviews

  • One of the coziest restaurants with amazing food. We always return to this amazing restaurant and have never been disappointed. Great if you are looking for a cozy, intimate evening out!
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  • Food generally good, with excellent pizzas from the wood-burning oven, but the pasta dishes are really shockingly poor and needs serious upgrade with regard to taste as well as presentation.
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  • Caraffa Ristorante is excellent. As simple as that. The food is out of this world and has never dissapointed us, ever. I was lucky enough to experience a trip to Italy in 2013 and I can honestly say Caraffa transports me right back with the decor, ambiance and, of course, the unbeatable food. I have gotten the best food I have ever eaten at Caraffa, and I just want to recommend it to everybody I know. Please go and treat yourself to this amazing resturant, you will not be dissapointed!
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  • Although we arrived without a booking on a very busy Saturday evening, we were accommodated quickly and with grace. We started with a garlic herb foccaccia which we shared and both had the panzerotti which was delicious and obviously freshly made. We finished with the lemon mousse (no gelatin!) which was excellent and a decent créme brulee. Byron was our server and was very attentive without being invasive. Highly recommended!
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  • Don't eat the seafood
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  • Extremely busy. I'm not a fussy person. But let me just inform you about our hellish night at Caraffa Restaurant. We were there for my fiance's Birthday, and some of the guest were running late. I was interrupted five times to be asked if they could remove the adjacent table to use it elsewhere when I repeatedly told the manager that our friends would be joining us shortly. I have never felt so rushed to "eat and get out" in my life. I chose to host the evening at Caraffa Restaurant under the advisement of EatOut's recommendations. A decision I would later regret. The arrogant staff member's were not welcoming at all, and couldn't wait to stuff our faces with more and more alcohol to try and get the Bill as high as possible. Not to mention I ordered the Sirloin Al'Forno, and the sides were only brought once we had finished our meal. The Veal was dryer than the Namibian desert and somewhat tasteless. I hated the place to say the least. Once our friends had arrived late, then all of a sudden we were treated well (because now they had a better chance of making more money). I have absolutely no problem paying for a relaxed environment, with good food and good service. But with what we had to endure last night, and believe me when I say this; I will never recommend eating at Caraffa Restaurant, nor will I ever eat there again! My recommendation to the owner of the restaurant would be to rather change the restaurant to a fast food outlet; that way you will make more money and you don't have to worry about actually providing good service to your patron's. Don't eat there if you are reading this, I was utterly disgusted. I wish I could put zero stars down for service.
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  • Everytime we go to Caraffa, we have a GREAT meal and an awesome time. Superb atmosphere, delicious food and a lovely ambience.
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  • One of my favourite places in Pretoria! Very good quality and service, excellent food, very original! Will always come back!

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  • This is where you'll feel at home! Love the food - the service is always top notch but the cherry on top is the Pavlova!

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  • Caraffa is one of the best restaurants in Pretoria. Michaela is such a warm and welcoming person and the food is excellent!

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  • Horrible desserts. Extremely rude owner. I sent my dessert back to the kitchen as it was off, but she ordered that it be brought back to the table. I even had to pay for it!

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  • Food was reasonable. Music too loud. Service was terrible. Owner extremely rude.

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  • Absolutely the best restaurant in Pretoria!

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  • Absolutely the best! We dine there regularly and the food and service is always excellent. Gorgonzola fillet and creme brulee is awesome!

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  • Try the Capriciosa pizza - I promise you won't be disappointed!

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  • I am so disappointed.
    Went out for dinner to Caraffa in Alphenpark. The service was extremely slow . At long last we ordered.The food came out in drips and drabs! l had melinzane alla parmigiano.Oh my,totally overcooked with no mozarella.When we pointed it out to the lady owner she just shrugged her shoulders and said that is the way she cooks it.She shouted towards the kitchen ...Bla.Bla and that was that.No excuse,no nothing.Caraffe ,NEVER again.Stinking attitude.
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