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.
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.
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.
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.
Their homemade pastas are available frozen for takeaways, with their popular lasagnas available in trays serving six or 14 people.
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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.
There is a bar serving a variety of drinks, including good wines – which one would expect – to wash down the fantastic Italian food.
The staff are warm and hospitable as befits the Italian vibe.
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.
They do frozen meals which you can take away and eat at home during the week.
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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.
A small but well curated Italian wine list, which also offers some popular local wines.
Service is very good – staff members are efficient, friendly and well versed on the menu options.
It’s an informal, family-style restaurant, always packed with locals. The murals lend a homely, Italian home type feel to the venue.
Do pop by their deli, which sells all sorts of delicious treats to take home.
Absolutely gorgeous. Oysters so fresh it felt like being at the sea, and knowledgable and attentive staff, we will be back
Had a wonderful meal, excellent service. Will recommend to others and go back.