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Da Graziella Pizzeria and Trattoria

Da Graziella Pizzeria and Trattoria
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, Italian, Pizzas, Seafood, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R55

Critic's review

Steve Steinfeld

Food
Traditional home-style Italian food is what it’s all about at family-owned and run Da Graziella. The extensive menu brims with Italian classics, meaning there’s sure to be something for everyone. Start with the fresh mussels cooked in either cream and brandy or white wine and garlic. For mains, the thin-crust pizzas go down an absolute treat with topping options ranging from a simple margherita to the Graziella – smoked salmon, ricotta, rocket and capers. The pastas are superb, especially when it comes to the homemade dishes such as the baked lasagnas, ravioli and panzerotti.

Other mains options include a large selection of veal – nine different dishes, to be exact – as well as a great variety of beef, lamp, poultry and seafood meals. Finish off with their quintessentially Italian desserts like tiramisu or cannolo – crisp, golden pastry tubes with a decadently rich yet absolutely delicious ricotta cheese, pistachio and citrus peel filling.

Drinks
The comprehensive wine list boasts a well-balanced selection of both local and Italian wines showcasing a range of fantastic varietals from both regions. Finish off your meal with a classic Illy espresso or limoncello.

Service
The staff are attentitive and friendly without being overbearing and have good knowledge of the large variety of dishes on offer. Food arrives timeously and piping hot.

Ambience
The restaurant is warm, welcoming and comfortable with its Italian inspired murals, paintings and photographs adding to the old school charm. A real neighbourhood favourite, Da Graziella fills up fast so bookings are advisable.

And…
Their homemade pastas are available frozen for takeaways, with their popular lasagnas available in trays serving six or 14 people.

(October 2017)

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  • Thando Ndabezitha

    Food
    Old-fashioned, authentic, heartfelt Italian food is what De Graziella Ristorante is about. There is a good selection of vegetarian and meat antipastis. Try the fresh oysters from Luderitz, south-west Namibia, or the selection of Italian cold meats (Affettato Italiano) comprising parma ham, salami and mortadella. For mains, the oven-baked seafood linguine (linguine scoglio al cartoccio) comes highly recommended. The lasagnes, using handmade pasta, are also delicious and come in four variations – meat, tuna, chicken and mushroom, and ricotta and spinach.

    For those who just want meat, there is a huge selection of different veal dishes, poultry, fine lamb cuts and even tripe and oxtail. Pizzas and seafood also form part of the comprehensive mains menu. For dessert, tiramisu, panna cotta or ricotta cheesecake will end your meal on a sweet note.

    Drinks
    There is a bar serving a variety of drinks, including good wines – which one would expect – to wash down the fantastic Italian food.

    Service
    The staff are warm and hospitable as befits the Italian vibe.

    Ambience
    The Johannesburg gem in Edenvale is fairly large as far as restaurants go, but still fills up pretty quickly, especially on weekends, so bookings are advisable. The atmosphere is quite warm and personal, with the TV screens playing a sports game that is favoured by the majority of patrons– but the volume is not loud so it isn't offputting.

    And…
    They do frozen meals which you can take away and eat at home during the week.

    (September 2016)

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  • Mokgadi Itshweng

    Food
    Da Graziella Pizzeria is a beautiful, cosy Italian restaurant belonging to a Sicilian brother and sister team. This neighbourhood eatery serves authentic Italian home-style fare. Their menu is extensive, with a wide variety of dishes on offer. For starters, try their baked eggplant in a fresh tomato and basil sauce, topped with mozzarella. Also consider the supplì (rice balls stuffed with ground beef and mozzarella), or one of their seafood starters, like the retro prawn cocktail. There’s a range of salads, risottos, pasta, pizzas, meat and fish dishes to choose from. Their risotto con camberi – Italian rice and prawns cooked in a wine and tomato sauce – is delicate and flavoursome. If you’re a pasta lover, try the ‘Cannelloni 4p’: cannelloni pasta stuffed with chicken, porcini mushrooms, Parmesan and pistachio nuts. Their tripe dish is one of the popular dishes enjoyed by locals. The tripe is cooked with potatoes, butterbeans and a light tomato sauce. For dessert try the Sicilian cannolo, a tube shaped pastry filled with ricotta cheese, nuts and fruit.

    Drinks
    A small but well curated Italian wine list, which also offers some popular local wines.

    Service
    Service is very good – staff members are efficient, friendly and well versed on the menu options.

    Ambience
    It’s an informal, family-style restaurant, always packed with locals. The murals lend a homely, Italian home type feel to the venue.

    And
    Do pop by their deli, which sells all sorts of delicious treats to take home.

  • A reliable destination run by a Sicilian brother-and-sister team, Franco and Graziella. Try the pasta carrettiera and any of the meat dishes and finish them off with the iconic cannoli for dessert. (EO mag 2014)
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    The place prides itself on being authentic with hearty Roman-style Italian fare. The signature starters are the deep-fried supplì and arancini, both with risotto rice centres and a breadcrumb crust. The roast rabbit is wholesome and tasty, the gnocchi melts in the mouth and the spaghetti alle vongole is particularly good. Veal and tripe live happily alongside pizzas and pastas. Leave space for dessert if you have a sweet tooth.

    Wine
    A compact selection of South African and Italian wines.

    Service
    Friendly. Many of the staff appear to have been there forever and know the dishes well.

    Ambience
    There is a real sense of family and community – and nothing trendy in sight! It is proudly old-fashioned and welcoming.

    And...
    Frozen pastas like lasagne, cannelloni and panzerotti are available to take home. (JW, October 2011)

User reviews

  • Awesome long standing Italian Gem. Owned by brother and sister and been around since the 40's. Families love it and its always full, so book! First visit hubby and I had pizza and that was brilliant. Puddings to me are the best part and there they did not disappoint. Second visit had veal and was let down, dry and ordinary. My daughter had the pasta and on tasting her left overs the following morning...I wish i had ordered pasta...clearly pizza and pasta are their signature dishes. Will definitely visit a 3rd time and this time Freshly made, homemade Pasta it will be. Worth a try, nice homely atmosphere and wine and song flow naturally.
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  • Absolutely gorgeous. Oysters so fresh it felt like being at the sea, and knowledgable and attentive staff, we will be back

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  • Had a wonderful meal, excellent service. Will recommend to others and go back.

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  • ALWAYS A JOY TO VISIT AND EAT AT THIS FAMILY RUN TRATTORIA..FROM THE CRUSTY BREAD AND OLIVE PASTE TO THE PASTAS PIZZAS,OX TAIL LAMB SHANK AND MORE TO THE ENDING WITH A GOOD ITALIAN COFFEE AND COMPLIMENTARY ITALIAN BISCUITS! CONSISTENTLY DELIGHTFUL
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  • This restaurant was recommendedby a number of friends. The watiress was chewing gum. Told us that tapanade was pesto. I had the lamb shank which tasted boiled rather than slow roasted. The mussels were good though. The stuffed pepper starter was bland at best. Dessert menus were brought but after waiting 30 minutes with no dessert we decided to leave wondering what all the fuss was about in our friends recommendation. Give it a try if you cannot make up your mind about other places to go to.
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Facilities

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

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