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Forneria Italia

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  • Location 021 556 2262
  • Phone Number Corner of Raats Drive and Dianthus Street, Table View, Cape Town
  • Opening Hours

    Monday to Sunday 11am to 10pm

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Cost
R110 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Italian, Pizzas

Critic's review

Food
This is the real deal made by real Italians: delicious and satisfying, with no frills or unnecessary, confusing additions. Start by sharing the totally irresistible plain focaccia lightly drizzled with olive oil and some garlic, paired with a Parma ham caprese salad, with touches of pesto. The 18 pastas include gnocchi, ravioli and decadently rich lasagne, with sauces ranging from one with Italian sausage, garlic, and chilli in a Napoletana sauce to smoked salmon in a creamy sauce with capers. All are superb. The 30 pizzas have skinny, crisp bases topped with generous toppings such as prawns and chilli, salami and brie, seafood, vegetables, cheeses and whatever takes your fancy. Finish up with tiny profiteroles filled with cold creamy custard, or yummy cornetti (pastry cones dipped in chocolate).

Wine
The small list is well priced.

Service
The service can slow down significantly when it’s busy, so don’t forget it’s “dolce far niente” that makes Italy what it is. Have some more vino.

Ambience
You know you are in the right place when you enter this tiny – usually packed – spot. The smell of garlic and olive oil fills the air and diners are packed in with little space for cosy tête-à-têtes. It’s busy and noisy, with the glorious food reigning supreme.

And...
If you just don’t have room for sweets, take some home for later. There are no credit or bank card facilities, so be sure to bring cash. (Greg Landman, April 2012)
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User reviews

  • My husband took my out for Pizza here. Food was great and ambiance too. Just remember to take cash as they do not accept cards. Well priced.
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  • Great spot - fantastic food and 100% all things Italian
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  • This is a 100% authentic Italian restaurant! As you walk in it feels like you are transported to Italy. We used to go regularly just after it opened, but then moved out of the area. 3 years later we decided to go back.....wow......it has doubled in size but has still kept that same feel. The food and ambiance is great. We started with the Parma ham and rocket focaccia to share, then I had the Italian sausage, spinach, chilli and garlic pasta and my husband had an Al Forno. The wine is well priced too.We chose a selection of their pastries to take home as we remembered that they were also very special. All in all a great experience....we will be back!
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  • Went with an overseas friend for lunch. Food & Service good
    The only complaints were owners attitude. "My restaurant is always full" so CASH ONLY. You only realise this when you pick up the menu.
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  • I have visited this restaurant regularly in the past. However, what irks me is that they are still cash only. The other gripe is that they refuse to introduce a kiddies menu.

    Their food is great, and portions healthy, but I will not order a R70 pizza for a 7 yr old granddaughter.
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  • My family and I went to Forneria for my sister's graduation, and were thoroughly impressed with the service and the food. A family of veteran pizza and wine lovers, we are not easy to impress haha, but we left feeling full and satisfied, with the slight, delightful tipsy feeling you get when you've just eaten too much of your best meal (...or it could have just been the wine).
    I recommend one of their scantily thinandcrispy-based tomatoey, cheesy well-endowed pizzas, with a glass (or three) of their Sixpence Cab-Merlot blend. Delish!
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  • It's my second time at this lovely Italian Restaurant and it so reminded me of the smells that I still remember when I visited my family in Lucca many many years ago. Even if you had enough to eat you just want to sit there and take in the aroma!. I will be back again and again! Wish they would open one near Plattekloof though. We need a real Italian Restaurant!
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  • We where there last Friday with a guest from Italy. His first reaction was, it smells like at home. It's really authentic and I love the Calzone. I shouldn't recommend it, as it is already overcrowded. Viva Italia.

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  • Very nice spot. Love the little round pastry balls with creamy center. Even though I don't go often, I get my fill from the most amazing smell from their food that drifts across the road as I pass them on my way home from work on my motorcycle.

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  • Excellent, friendly and fast service and superb food. Very authentic Italian, highly recommended.

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  • The best pizza I have ever had! It has that true Italian vibe and the people are welcoming. They will be seeing a lot of us!

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  • It made us feel like we were in Italia for the first time in SA ,-) Very authentic Italian food with a relaxed slow simpatico service. The Calzone was so good, I have to try it again.

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  • Went last night for the first time, and it was fantastic. 7 of us and we had a slice of each other's pizzas to taste, and the Gorgonzola pasta was fab. And then the the take away pastries, well you will just have to go and see for yourself.

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Facilities

  • Beer served
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Vegetarian

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