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Mastrantonio

Cost
R450 P/P, three courses, including drinks
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Italian
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Food
What a joy it is to dine at such a wonderful, easygoing establishment where the food is so comforting! Mastrantonio’s menu never disappoints. You can tell by the packed restaurant, filled with businesspeople and regulars. Tucked away in the top of a small Illovo shopping center, this hidden gem serves food that never ceases to tantalise the palate. Every item on the menu is inspired by classical Italian roots, using only the freshest ingredients. These include tender pasta pockets of panzerotti stuffed with roasted butternut and served with your choice of sauce; hand-rolled gnocchi with classic Napolitano sauce; and crispy squid heads and porcini (when in season), sautéed in butter and herbs.

Perfectly prepared risottos are a testimony to the exceptional skills of the establishment; the delicate saffron-and-prawn version should not be missed. For meat lovers, the crumbed veal chops or classic Florentine steak (prime rib), topped with herbs and garlic, is just mouthwatering.

Traditional desserts are a perfect ending to the experience. Try classic tiramisu or profiteroles filled with custard and topped with a hot-chocolate sauce – all made in-house and totally delicious.

Drinks
The wine list is of a reasonable size, with a suitable selection of local and international red and white wines within most budgets. There’s also a good selection of beers and spirits.

Service
Staff on the floor are always kind, friendly and helpful. They move around with great efficiency and purpose. Managers and owners are ever-present, ensuring you have a seamless experience. Booking is recommended.

Ambience
The cosy restaurant has an authentic trattoria feel, with black-and-white pictures dotting the walls, crisp white tablecloths and well-appointed cutlery.

And…
If you're curious about the workings of a professional kitchen, walk past the floor-to-ceiling windows running along an entire wall of Mastrantonio’s kitchen, and watch the chefs do their thing.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • This is a lovely restaurant but it's not glitzy or a follower of fashion. This restaurant is, I humbly suggest, a traditional Italian trattoria. It serves wholesome and correctly cooked Italian dishes. The menu is lengthy and varied, but not adventurous, the dishes are the ones to be found in any good trattoria in Italy. The ambiance was warm, relaxing and unpretentious. It was obvious that many of the customers were long time regulars. The service was sharp and professional. My two guests and I had an excellent evening.
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  • I have been to this restaurant regularly over the last 10 year, but the last year or so, I've seen a disappointing decline in the quality of food and service. Food is prepared without the care and refinement of the past. My starter of asparagus was served with a hard blob of melted Parmesan which added very little in look or flavor to the (well-prepared) asparagus . The Tortellini in Brodo was bland... and unappetizing in its presentation with cloudy broth, and coarsely chopped carrots and chicken, that would have benefited from just a small sprinkling of something green. Service was perfunctory and rushed... with plates being cleared before all diners had finished. I want to believe that the quality can improve... but it might be a while before we go back.
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  • HAVNT BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME. LAST NIGHT WAS A DISGRACE. THE WAITRESS KEPT HARASSING US TAKING PLATES AWAY AND TRYING TO CLEAR THE TABLE BEFORE WE WERE FINISHED. THEY SEEMED TO BE IN A HURRY TO CLOSE. THERE DIDNT SEEM TO BE ANYONE IN CHARGE. THE STRANGEST PART WE ORDER 2 PASTA DISHES. THEY ARRIVED IN ABOUT 5 MINUTES OF ORDERING.!! NOT GOOD OBVIOUSLY WARMED UP PASTA AND THOSE PORCINI MUSHROOMS WERE DEFINITELY NOT PORCINI. THE SAUCE WAS TASTELESS OBVIOUSLY OPENED A TIN OF MUSHROOMS AND THREW SOME CREAM IN.....WINE PRICES ARE OUTRAGEOUS. BUT THE WORST WAS THE WAITRESS WHO KEPT TRYING TO CLEAR AWAY...I WOULDNT GO BACK THERE AND WOULDNT RECOMMEND IT
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Menu

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Facilities

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

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