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La Fiamma

La Fiamma
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Italian, Pizzas, Seafood
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Diane de Beer

Food
They’re a killer team, chef Jarrid and mom, Cinzia (front of house), as they cover all areas of expertise with both the enthusiasm of youth and the wisdom of experience in hand. The menu reaches far and you can be as adventurous as you like as you dip into Italian fare with all its classicism but with an adventurous contemporary touch. For starters, select a comfy spezzatino di manzo: tender pieces of beef, slow-cooked in a mix of tomatoes and calamata olives and served with rosemary crostini. Go all out for meat with pancetta di maiale, slow-roasted pork belly served with candied mustard fruit (mostarda), topped with a pear and cider jus and it's recommended with parmesan mash as the main. End on a sweet note with elderflower panna cotta, complete with peppermint jus and toasted pistachios.

But you can settle for lighter fare with one of their pizzas (a trusty Regina or a camembert with figs, bacon and cherry tomatoes) or pasta dishes, including homemade lasagna baked in the pizza oven or gnocchi with pomodoro or three cheese sauce. Either way, don’t leave without trying some of their rosemary-infused focaccia strips to get the appetite going.

Wine
There’s no other way to describe their wine list other than dependable. You won’t be surprised but there is enough to make you happy. Expect to find Hermanuspietersfontein, Durbanville Hills and a Ken Forrester petit chenin. You could also go the cocktail route and try something completely different then conclude with something from their strong selection of liqueurs.

Service
The staff keeps diners smartly and sweetly served.

Ambience
It reminds one of a contemporary trattoria, with an informality that’s appealing, especially to families. The brown paper tablecloths serve as a play surface, allowing the kids (or adults) to be creative.

And…
Always innovative, they have recently started a pizza truck which pitches up at events around Gauteng.

(September 2016)

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  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    With mom Cinzia (front-of-house) and son Jarrid (chef) in the kitchen, this team, who recently returned to old family hunting ground, are determined to be the neighbourhood restaurant of choice. They’re already making great strides. For starters try their Involtini Melanzana with salted aubergines wrapped around ricotta and mozzarella, coated with Napolitana sauce and baked with Parmesan. Then move on to one of the pastas, perhaps the Puttanesca (also the name of their former restaurant) with its intense flavours of olives, capers and anchovies. Alternatively, among their meaty options classic saltimbocca a la Romano is certainly worth a try. And let’s not forget their thin-crusted pizzas boasting a variety of classic flavours, including the Siciliana with capers, chilli and anchovies.

    Drinks
    They have a solid but not extravagant selection of wines, including brands like Hermanuspietersfontein and Durbanville Hills. There’s also a good selection of grappa and the usual other liquor options, as well as cocktails.

    Service
    Even though the owners are new in this particular area, the staff have been around for a while and adapted easily to keep diners informed.

    Ambience
    The look is one of an Italian trattoria and the décor is fittingly simple and easy. This is a family space, easy on the eye, with few distractions. The brown paper tablecloths allow the kids (or parents) to get creative in-between the courses.

    And…
    They do basic cooking classes for both children and adults on regular basis.

  • Food
    The modern menu takes inspiration from the Italian owner’s heritage, with classics done to a turn. Steak is well cooked and presented in a modern way; good sauces finish dishes nicely; and there’s a good selection of seafood. Starters always hit the mark.

    Wine
    Good classics and interesting cocktails.

    Service
    Young, energetic and attentive.

    Ambience
    The large deck is well decorated with the finish of an upmarket restaurant, good quality cutlery and linen. It gives the feeling of summer, which is ideal in a beach town.

    And...
    They open late, so it’s a good place to eat in summer. (PM, October 2012)

User reviews

  • We had the pleasure of dining at La Fiamma yesterday. Italian wine served with the most authentic food. Our waiter Thabo gave us excellent service, making our night truly special. Thank you for the treat. We will definitely return to this gem in Faerie Glen. Grazie
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  • Looking for that classic, yet simplistic, Italian charm? La Fiamma is without a doubt one of the best Italian restaurants in Pretoria. Every dining experience has been unforgettable - from the waiters that carry themselves with such class and ease to the relaxed and elegant atmosphere. Each dish is beautifully presented, and you can tell La Fiamma uses the highest quality of ingredients - perfect for that Instagram post. I'd recommend you try La Fiamma's slow roasted pork belly with a crisp glass of Chardonnay.
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  • A firm neighborhood favorite.Seafood pasta, loaded with seafood and wild boar pasta, paper thin melting carpaccio, some of the best thin crust pizza in Pretoria. Various specials on offer, a bacon wrapped rump topped with avocado and gorgonzola sauce, kabeljou in a light coconut curry sauce. Really themed tasting events, whiskey, gin and craft beer. Really good service and friendly management
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  • My boyfriend and I came here on a Saturday evening for a meal. I remember when this restaurant was still Pascali's, and the food was great even then, so I had set a high standard going on. We were greeted instantly by the lady at front of house, and shown to a lovely, warm and quiet spot near the pizza oven. The ambiance is enjoyable. it's busy but not packed and it buzzes but doesn't get loud. It was freezing outside, so the pizza oven was a welcome source of warmth! I had their salmon and vodka pasta, which was lovely and well balanced. If you're a smoked salmon fan, you'll definitely enjoy it. My boyfriend had the Maialino pizza, which was a bit sweet for our taste but nice and crispy throughout. The springbok carpaccio starter was a special of the day and to be honest, the highlight of the evening - highly recommended with a glass of red wine! One thing that stood out was the service. It really was excellent. Attentive without being pushy, and our waitress offered us some good recommendations and let us know about the specials. I will be coming back.
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  • My boyfriend and I went to La Fiamma on Tuesday for dinner. We were served by a wonderful waitor. Can't remember his name. All of the waiters were very helpful and accommodating. My boyfriend had the chicken liver starters which were delicious! I had the grilled calamari tubes starter, which was by far the best calamari I have ever eaten! I had the fillet steak for mains with roasted veg and potato wedges with the mushroom, cream and brandy sauce. It was absolutely to die for! Steak cooked perfectly. Veggies and wedges were delicious and sauce was amazing. My boyfriend had the rib-eye on the bone and added prawns. He said it was amazing! We then shared the lindt & amarula pastry dessert, which was the best dessert I have tasted in years! Amazing experience at La Fiamma. Great ambience. Lovely setting! Will DEFINITELY be back!!
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  • A lovely experience. Lovely ambience, close to the sea...nice views from the deck. Chicken livers and snails starters were lovely. Freshly baked bread rolls a treat. What stood out was the service - attentive waiters, knowledgeable on the extensive craft beer menu. The manager checked in to also ensure we were happy with everything. Saucy prawn mains and risotto also good. Put this restaurant on your list to try out.
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  • Excellent in every way!

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Facilities

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

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