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Piccola Italia

Piccola Italia
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Cost
R85 avg main meal
Ambience
Cheap & cheerful, Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Italian, Pizzas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Diane de Beer

Food
You can see the hand of the two women who run the kitchen Ilse Secchi and Marietjie Gevers in every plate of food. From the clever mix of carpaccio and caprese in one meal to their unusual Mulligatawny soup as starters to their Piccola special of spaghetti aglio e olio combined with prawns, nuts, rosa tomatoes and rocket, it’s a perfect meal. But there’s also their Neapolitan lamb puttanesca with olives, capers and anchovies or their beautifully-prepared fillet tagliata, a medium rare fillet served on a bed of tomato and basil with rocket. Like everything else, the portion is generous but not overwhelming because of the delicately sliced fillet. It’s the kind of place you linger and return to for more of the same.

Wine
Opt for their house wine which is an Italian Zonin, either red or white, sold by the bottle or served by the glass and a perfect accompaniment to their flavoursome food.

Service
It’s a small neighbourhood establishment with personnel that know their clientele and fuss accordingly.

Ambience
Part of a busy shopping complex with store fronts facing the parking square, it’s a small but comfortable space, typically trattoria style with either inside or out, perfectly styled for comfort and easy dining.

And…
It’s the kind of place where the owner is sitting having a game of cards with a friend while others are tucking into their food without a care in the world. They’re known for their specials, so remember to ask.

(September 2016)

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  • Thulisa Martins

    Food
    Italian food made with love is what you can expect at Piccolo Italia. You just can’t go wrong with their large selection of pasta and pizza, made in an authentic pizza oven. The menu also includes focaccia’s, Italian salads, soups and tramezini’s, and there’s also the odd Malay curry in the midst of things. For starters, their carparccio goes down very well. Thinly cut and topped with parmesan shavings, the dish is bursting with fresh flavour. Among the pastas, the penne paesana is a good (and very generous) option, consisting of creamy tomato sauce with pork sausage meat. Desserts include traditional Italian goodies such as tiramisu and Italian kisses. However, for those who crave pure indulgence, I would highly recommend the Piccolo Blackout cake, a rich and moist confection topped with gooey fudge sauce and crunchy pecan nuts.

    Drinks
    The wine list includes pleasing local wines such as the Ken Forester Petit chenin blanc and some Durbanville Hills bottles.

    Service
    Warm and friendly, with a manager on hand to check on things. There’s no waiting endlessly for your food at this eatery, service is swift and efficient.

    Ambiance
    A very relaxed venue and atmosphere. The smallish space has the feeling of a true Italian hub, with regulars chatting amiably to other patrons. Large canvas pictures of Italian buildings, and Italian music in the background, somehow create the illusion of not being in SA, even though you’re right in the middle of a shopping centre.

    And…
    If you’re in the mood for some foreign tipple, the Italian Zonin wines are also available on the wine list.

    October 2015

  • Thulisa Martins

    Food
    Italian food made with love is what you can expect at Piccolo Italia. You just can’t go wrong with their large selection of pasta and pizza, made in an authentic pizza oven. The menu also includes focaccia’s, Italian salads, soups and tramezini’s, and there’s also the odd Malay curry in the midst of things. For starters, their carparccio goes down very well. Thinly cut and topped with parmesan shavings, the dish is bursting with fresh flavour. Among the pastas, the penne paesana is a good (and very generous) option, consisting of creamy tomato sauce with pork sausage meat. Desserts include traditional Italian goodies such as tiramisu and Italian kisses. However, for those who crave pure indulgence, I would highly recommend the Piccolo Blackout cake, a rich and moist confection topped with gooey fudge sauce and crunchy pecan nuts.

    Drinks
    The wine list includes pleasing local wines such as the Ken Forester Petit chenin blanc and some Durbanville Hills bottles.

    Service
    Warm and friendly, with a manager on hand to check on things. There’s no waiting endlessly for your food at this eatery, service is swift and efficient.

    Ambience
    A very relaxed venue and atmosphere. The smallish space has the feeling of a true Italian hub, with regulars chatting amiably to other patrons. Large canvas pictures of Italian buildings, and Italian music in the background, somehow create the illusion of not being in SA, even though you’re right in the middle of a shopping centre.

    And …
    If you’re in the mood for some foreign tipple, the Italian Zonin wines are also available on the wine list.

  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    Piccolo’s two chefs, Ilse Secchi and Marietjie Gevers, really complement one another and keep raising the standards. The focus is freshly made and good quality comfort food done Italian style.

    Meat (with the osso bucco a firm favourite) remains top of the list. When it comes to the pasta, the emphasis is on lashings of good quality olive oil with garlic, chilli and rocket, with a choice of anything from chicken to prawn. Expect a range of classic sauces like napoletana and alfredo, but also interesting variations like the lumaconi with minced veal and spinach. Their pizzas are quite popular; you’ll find the usual suspects, but also an interesting focaccia-type base with a topping of thinly sliced lemon wedges, mozzarella and salmon.

    Drinks
    They stock a well-chosen selection but their Italian house wine, Zonin (white and red), is their most popular seller. As for local wines they offer bottles like Ken Forrester to Durbanville Hills.

    Service
    It’s a tiny space, allowing for a limited number of guests, which encourages staff to take special care of you.

    Ambience
    This is not about stylish design or smart cuisine. It’s neighbourhood cooking and a nice kuier at its best. You can look forward to bundles of charm and hospitality. They’ve opted for a typical trattoria style with an Italian flavour that captures perfectly the essence of their name (which means “Little Italy”). In warm weather or during Pretoria's sunny winter days, they have a few outside tables, which also add to the cheer.

    And…
    Be sure to check their regular specials, which could include venison (like springbok prepared as a roast, pie or fillet) and a rabbit casserole cooked the Italian way with vegetables in the oven.

    (July 2014)

  • Food
    It’s all hands on deck with the two participating chefs, Ilse Secchi and Marietjie Gevers, in this neighbourhood restaurant that treats customers like family. Osso bucco remains the firm favourite, but it’s the kind of place where the food is freshly made with lots of heart. The menu is as traditional as they come, but leaves space for specials, and venison is a hot item in the winter months.

    Wine
    A well-chosen selection of good quality.

    Service
    They keep a watchful eye.

    Ambience
    They’ve annexed a little corner of town where they rule with good quality and welcoming charm. It’s neighbourhood cooking and kuiering at its best.

    And...
    It’s a no-fuss spot where quality reigns supreme. (DdeB, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Piccola Italia is a neighbourhood favourite; we always see the little sidewalk filled with people enjoying pizzas and delectable pastas. Their menu has been updated since I last visited, and now includes the most delicious Mediterranean pizza with gorgonzola mmm... The gnocchi, too, is a delight. My only recommendation would be to include more vegetarian options for pasta.
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  • Horrible food. The service is shockingly bad. My family and I were racially abused and sworn at by the owners and waitress. They even swore at my son. I'm just warming people not to go there in case you are treated the same way.

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  • Its home away from home!
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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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