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Tortellino d’oro

Tortellino d’oro
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  • Phone Number 0114831249
  • Location Shop 9, Oaklands Shopping Centre, Corner Pretoria and Victoria streets, Oaklands, Johannesburg
  • email dante@tortello.co.za
  • Website URL http://www.tortellino.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Monday to Saturday 7.30am to 9pm (kitchen closes at 9pm); Sundays 7.30am to 3pm

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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture
Food
Italian
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Critic's review

Kate Liquorish

Food
For over 20 years, Tortellino d’Oro has kept its reputation as one of Johannesburg’s finest Italian restaurants. They’re known for their exquisite, handmade pastas and Bologna fare. These recipes have been passed down through the generations, ensuring every mouthful is a taste of the Bollini family home.

Whilst being open for breakfast daily – serving a host of beautiful, homemade breads, croissants, crostinis, panino and great coffee – lunch and dinner are what people really flock here for. The menu is made up of insalata (salads), antipasto (starters), primo (first course – pasta dishes) and secondi (second course – meat dishes).

On arrival each table is given a delightful basket of freshly-baked breads alongside gorgeous tapenades and butter. It’s these little details that start each and every meal here on a high note, allowing one to relax into the experience rather than feeling the need to rush and order.

The salads are all beautifully presented and packed with scrumptious ingredients. The buffalo caprese is pleasingly light and tantalising, with imported buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, black olives and basil. There's also the insalata pere e formaggio: a salad of pears, gorgonzola, parmesan, marinated mushrooms, almonds and truffle dressing – the perfect carb-free decadence.

The antipasto selection is made up of carpaccio, cured meats, bruschetta, crostini and a fantastic selection of specials that change daily according to what’s fresh and available. These include fresh, stuffed artichokes and tomatoes, white anchovies with sliced peppers and salsa verde, fennel baked in a béchamel sauce with parmesan and fresh mussels in tomato and wine with parsley and garlic.

Then there's their signature: the primo. The assortment of fresh pastas is extensive; everything from tagliatelle to gramigna, ravioli to gnocchi; all handmade and each as delicious as the next. The ravioli di zucca, filled with butternut, ricotta and almonds then tossed in butter and sage is a highlight (when available) and the lasagne and melanzane are as rich and as luscious as they come.

Veal dishes dominate the secondi, but for those who struggle with veal for ethical reasons, they do offer chicken alternatives. The veal piccata, in a masala wine sauce, is an absolute must, as is the involtini di vitello: tender veal parcels with Parma ham and fontina cheese, capers and peppers in a white wine sauce.

Their homemade sorbet and gelato make for a heavenly dessert, but the tiramisu and the selection of patisserie from their in-house deli mean that a takeaway or two are essential.

Drinks
The wine list showcases a great selection of local and imported Italian wines, with a good assortment by the glass. They’ve focused on lighter varietals and blends that won’t overpower the delicate nature of their Italian cuisine. The mark-up is decent, but not over the top by any means. The average ‘glass’ (a 250ml carafe) is around R60.

Service
The service is excellent. The waiters are all highly knowledgeable, have tasted each dish, are fantastic at giving recommendations and will go the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction.

Ambience
The ambience is sophisticated without trying too hard. There is a covered outside area that gets bathed in the afternoon sun and an inside area that weaves around the deli. Each table is draped in crisp, white table cloths and decorated with fresh flowers and bottles of good quality olive oil. It’s the perfect venue for family lunches, business meetings and romantic dinners.

And…
Their in-house deli is definitely worth a visit. Their croissants, breads, patisserie, cheeses and pastas are all available to take away and their exquisite sorbet cakes are a sight to behold.

(September 2016)

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  • Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine

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    When an Italian menu is divided into insalata, antipasto, primo, secondo and desserts, you know you haven’t wandered into your average pizza-pasta restaurant. Diners are welcomed with a modest shot of chilled prosecco, zucchini frites and a selection of olive tapenade, artichoke butter and salted butter with homemade bread. On the menu, there’s a lot to take in and finally settle on: from the fresh asparagus with lemon butter and sage, and baked fennel with béchamel sauce and parmesan in the antipasto section, to the saffron risotto, and tortellini with a mixed filling of parma ham, mortadella, chicken and parmesan served with a choice of cream and mushroom, napoletana or butter and sage sauce in the secondo. And then there’s the cannoli Siciliani and millefoglie in the desserts section.

    One thing is clear, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t order a pasta dish, which is the specialty – even though the waiter insists that everything is good when pressed for a recommendation. The tortellini melts like butter in your mouth, and the spinach malfati – dumplings of ricotta cheese and spinach, baked in papalina, napolitana and sage butter – will make vegetarians feel like legitimate and considered clientele. The kingklip in a light parmesan crust is a solid choice and any of the salads – from the warm borlotti bean and Italian canned tuna salad to the fillet salad with herbs, marinated mushrooms and tomatoes – make fine starters for the table or mains for one.

    Drinks
    All manner of fine white and red wines is on offer at reasonable prices.

    Service
    Waiters are equipped with a tiny microphone strapped to their jaws, which lend a sense of a finely oiled efficiency, but also the feeling that you can’t quite relax and call this your home away from home.

    Ambience
    This is not quite the jovial Italian restaurant in its stereotypical sense – in fact, “children are welcome as long as they are supervised,” advises the menu. Rather, this elegant eatery is a good spot to impress a business date or celebrate a romantic occasion.

    And…
    If you’re not up for cooking, order ready-made meals from the deli – from pastas to cold cuts.

    (October 2015)

  • Bazil Stander

    Food
    Arguably one of Johannesburg’s best upscale Italian eateries. You won’t find pizza here – only superb homemade pasta and classic Italian meals prepared with true craftsmanship and skill. A glass of prosecco and homemade breads with tapenade, artichoke dip and flavored butters come complimentary of the house on arrival. Next, choose an Italian staple from their main menu or something a bit more unusual from the extensive daily specials menu. The food is so good and flavour-filled here that’s it’s almost impossible to have plate envy.

    Standouts include: tortellini in brodo (broth), spinach malfatti (dumplings), veal sautéed with a sauce of lemon parsley (piccatta) and spezzatino, the classic veal stew. Specials regularly include dishes like baked fennel with parmesan cheese, white anchovies with red peppers, tomato and toast, tortelli with ricotta cheese, porcini and truffles, spaghetti vongole (spaghetti with clams) and a saffron risotto.

    Drinks 
    They offer a great selection of local wines by the bottle and glass at reasonable prices. Also a small but top-drawer offering of Italian reds.

    Service
    Attentive and well-informed waiters will talk you through the specials menu.

    Ambience
    The style can be summed up as cosy, friendly and understated – great for a date, business lunch or a relaxed dinner out with friends. This neighborhood favorite fills up quickly, especially at dinner, so be sure to book ahead.

    And…
    Try their great selection of ready-made Italian take-home meals, freshly made filled pastas, sauces, imported cheese, Italian ice cream and charcuterie from the deli counter!

    (July 2014)

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    Joburg is blessed with some of the country’s finest Italian establishments. This gem in Oaklands, run by the Bollini family from Bologna, is a firm favourite. Try simple spaghetti tossed with the freshest basil pesto; one of the city’s finest bresaolas served with celery and Parmesan salad drizzled with truffle oil; the tortellini pasta parcels stuffed with Parma ham and mortadella; and chicken with butter and sage. The specials are always a good bet, from a starter of succulent figs to porcini in pasta.

    Wine
    There’s a compact list of South African and Italian fare and you get a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival, as well as a plate of canapés.

    Service
    It runs like a well-oiled machine.

    Ambience
    Crisp white cloths give the premises an airy yet elegant feel.

    And...
    All ice creams and sorbets are made on the premises. There’s also a deli where you can buy ready-made dishes to take home. (JW, October 2012)

User reviews

  • 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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  • Think the restaurant is overrated and overpriced. Dont know how some can say it has a sophisticated ambiance. Perhaps if you are used to a military canteen. Feels like you sit halfway in an industrial kitchen. The view is not great and the atmosphere not relaxed. Went to Tortellino a few times in the past but were never really impressed. Food is very average and I get the distinct impression that they want to add "value" by presentation. Like bringing four paper thin see-through slices of salami spread over a massive plate presenting it as a meal but actually is less than a mouth full. And three thin slices of cheese on another massive plate. And then a few olives and sliced tomato on another massive plate. Who are they fooling? I am not there to eat plates. Last time I felt totally ripped off. A friend and I met for a glass of wine there and not really hungry for a main meal and selected a few snacks from the deli counter. Thus not specially prepared food. Three thinnish (4mm) slices of cheese came to R90. Three table spoons of olives and tomato slices the size of one tomato was charged at R159. Little bit of cold meet charged separately. Thus the few snacks, as we were not hungry, came to R300. (Excluding the wine of course.) And you only get the bill afterwards. For around the same price we could have eaten a wow meal at the nr1 independent restaurant in Johannesburg, with a great ambiance and had a Seafood platter with prawns, langoustines, calamari, mussels, linefish etc, etc. But as I say we were not hungry. I will not be back soon.
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  • Absolutely the best Italian food once again. Quality is guaranteed

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  • Had dinner there on Thursday evening. Food and service was horrific! Will never go back. Overpriced and certainly over rated.

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  • Best seafood linguine - absolutely delicious, highly recommend!

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  • Had their veal paillard. It was so overcooked and dry that it was inedible. I am not one to complain in a restaurant however I did tell the waiter. Who politely took it away and offered me another one. I was happy sharing my wife's dinner so I said no thanks. What did horrify me was that the owner/manager was spoken to about the dish and she did not bother apologising or even acknowledge my compaint. I am a chef and multiple restaurant owner and was appalled at their lack of concern. And to cap it all off, the waiter asked the owner for the R145 dish to be removed from our bill and she flatly refused. Absolutely disgraceful behaviour from a supposedly highly regarded restaurant.

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  • This has to be my favourite Italian resturant. Party of 10 had a good time with very favourable comments from the party that this was the best food they have had. Figs starter, and lamb shank. The personal touch from the waiters and family is noticable and really appreciated.

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  • The Monday evening dinner confirmed that this is my favourite Italian resturant. Figs and ham to start and great pasta dishes.

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  • You've not had pasta, until you've tasted Tortellini's gnocchi gogonzola! Start with the porcini mushrooms with bruschetta (usually on their specials menu). Good wine selection, great service. Beautiful ambience amongst the deli shelves. A bit pricey, but worth it!

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  • What a great place! We had dinner there on the recommendation of a friend. When we arrived in the small shopping centre we werent quite sure what wed find, but it was a welcoming, homely restaurant situated inside a deli, so not only could you choose from the menu, you were surrounded by lovely things to buy to take home. The food was delicious, authentic and well-made. Prices were very reasonable and all in all this was a great experience.
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  • Suffice it to say that after having lunch daily at this establishment for 2 years continuously, Ive spent a pretty penny and therefore need to throw in that pennys worth.Food has forever been faultless. The service? Now, I have to say Ive never been to the South of Italy but from what Ive experienced I dont need to go.I havent put my foot there in a year or so but I miss the food.If there is another lunch venue of this standard I havent heard of it. Try eating the same menu for more than 600 days consecutively and not get tired of it.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

Stores and Markets

This store is renowned for its high-quality and authentic Italian fare from homemade sauces to the frozen lasagne and cannelloni selection. Get your hands on antipasti, charcuterie, cheeses and breads or the ice-creams and sorbets that are made on the premises.

Smart shopper tip:It is also home to one of Joburg’s finest restaurants, so combine your shopping trip with a meal out for a mouth-watering culinary experience.

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