Tortellino d’oro

Tortellino d’oro
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R150 avg main meal
Coffee, Kids, Quick meals
Deli fare, Italian
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
R85 for wine, R125 for champagne

Owners description

Dante says: The idea of the “Tortellino d’Oro” started 22 years ago when I remembered my childhood and the real Italian food that only my mother could make. Each meal brought me memories, each one with its own unique story...

The inspiration was to create traditional meals which reminded me of my childhood in Bologna; each with its own unique story; an occasion which would make me think back and say: "I remember" or "Amarcord".

The mother of my wife, Valeria, eventually came to train us and our staff. She taught us to taste everything we were making saying: “If you do not taste, how are you going to know what is good?”

The meaning of Tortellino d’Oro: Golden pasta shaped as a belly button.

Why? This is the story: More than 200 years ago in the surroundings of Bologna one evening a coach stopped in front of a simple lodge. A beautiful lady climbed out and asked the host: “Can I please have something to eat and can you host me for the night? I am exhausted.”

The man could not believe his eyes. He agreed of course and quickly prepared a meal. After the meal he showed the lady to her room and said:”Good night”. After the door closed the host could not resist peeping through the key hole while the lady inside undressed for the night. Due to the size of the key hole, he could not see much except for her belly button. This was enough though for him to be inspired to create a meal!

He went to the kitchen and found the following ingredients: Parma ham, mortadella, parmesan cheese and chicken breast which he used to prepare a filling for a special pasta that he made and called: Tortellino.

User reviews

  • Tortellini D'Oro is a wonderful, Italian restaurant. The owners run the place with so much warmth and love, it shows in their food. They make fresh and wholesome home-style Italian food so there might be some things on the menu that aren't at the run-of-the-mill Italian joints. We save our visits to Tortellini for special occassions and we've thoroughly enjoyed every visit so far. Service could be better but their food more than makes up for it. They use great quality ingredients (which shows in the price) and their food is tastier for it. Do make a booking before going - they tend to quite busy especially on the weekends.
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  • My favorite restaurant in Johannesburg. Food and service is impeccable
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  • ISo, today we visited what used to be one of our fave neighborhood restaurants after church. On arrival rain was pouring so was looking forward to a nice spicy meal to keep the sinuses clear. I order the seafood pasta and asked for extra chili. Spoke w/ the waiter who said normally they don’t do it but will ask for special consideration. I said fine, food came no chili, so I asked even after our brought me this w/ no chili. And was like if you weren’t gonna do it, I woulda ordered something else! The owner then says “Don’t order that again”! I proceeded to say Ok! And gave her back her pasta. Maintained my composure as I was w/ the fam. A thoughtful owner woulda explained better and asked if she could offer me something else instead of having a mini temper tantrum. I used to like this place and frequent quite often, but the piss poor service today let’s me know they don’t deserve my coins. ima take em elsewhere. Needless to say - this will be my last visit to Tortellini D’Oro.
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  • Traditional Italian food made with fresh ingredients, home made pasta and gnocchi. Special thanks to Alec, not only does he know every single dish on the menu but his professionalism with guests is above average. Don't forget to order the gelato it's the Best Italian gelato in SA.
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  • Wow! Such an amazing little neighbourhood italian restaurant with delicious food! The service was great and one if the best pasta dishes i have ever had! Bit pricey - but worth every cent!
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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